Freedom, Slavery and the Underground Railroad

Date: February 28, 2013
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: 2204 Kirkhof Center
More Information: http://www.gvsu.edu/oma

 

Freedom, Slavery and the Underground Railroad
Dr. Veta Tucker

A small but dedicated group of Michigan settlers—both blacks and whites—objected to the US Constitution's endorsement of slavery and to territorial Michigan's blind eye to it.  In spite of the Constitution's mandate to enforce slavery, Michigan abolitionists organized a small but powerful army—a secret network to assist people held in slavery in Michigan and those escaping slavery in the South find freedom.  Abolitionists' refusal to obey the laws protecting slavery ultimately led the US to civil war.