By Michelle Arnosky Sherburne
Manybelieve that help for the abolition of slavery used to be universally authorized inVermont, however it used to be really a fiercely divisive factor that rocked the GreenMountain country. in the middle of turbulence and violence, even though, a few braveVermonters helped struggle for the liberty in their enslaved Southern brethren.Thaddeus Stevens—one of abolition’s such a lot outspoken advocates—was a Vermontnative. Delia Webster, the 1st girl arrested for assisting a fugitive slave,was additionally a Vermonter. The Rokeby condominium in Ferrisburgh was once a hectic UndergroundRailroad station for many years. Peacham’s Oliver Johnson labored heavily withWilliam Lloyd Garrison in the course of the abolition circulate. become aware of the tales ofthese and others in Vermont who risked their very own lives to aid greater than fourthousand slaves to freedom.
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Chalker alerted Burlington Underground Railroad agents Lucius Bigelow and the Reverend Joshua Young when he spotted suspicious characters in his town. Bigelow and Young were often targets of stakeouts when a fugitive deal was underway. Across the Vermont eastern border in Lyme, New Hampshire, the Samuel Balch home was an Underground Railroad safe house that has been in the Balch family since the nineteenth century. Lyme Underground Railroad agents had heavy fugitive slave traffic because of its promixity to Canaan, New Hampshire and the active Underground Railroad agents there.
Northrup spent the rest of his life as an abolitionist lecturer, and he wrote his autobiography and helped fugitive slaves to freedom. FUGITIVE SLAVES AND PURSUIT One of the earliest Vermont incidences of an attempted recapture of a fugitive slave was reported by eyewitness Horace Greeley, who was an apprentice at a Vermont newspaper in East Poultney in 1830. A fugitive slave had escaped from his New York owner and landed in East Poultney. He decided to stay. His master conducted a search for him and learned of his whereabouts.
I kept running into references about Vermont towns or fugitives traveling from New Hampshire into Vermont or New York into Vermont. The basic elements of news reporting kicked into gear. When a town was mentioned, I had to find out the who, what, when, where and how. I learned that cross-referencing was key in learning how people were connected. I would find a phrase like “a teacher from Vermont, Delia Webster” or “Springfield, Vermont” referenced in a book about the Underground Railroad. It took piecing together information to learn more about that reference.
Abolition and the Underground Railroad in Vermont by Michelle Arnosky Sherburne