The Underground Railroad By James Oliver Horton Essay

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Whispers of Angels, A Story of the Underground Railroad, is an extremely interesting film, which contains illustrations of some of history’s primary materials and also interviews with scholars who assist in providing the images and the context of this story about the Underground Railroad, the stretched from Maryland, to Delaware, to Philadelphia, making a route to freedom for slaves in America before the Civil War. In this film scholars such as James Oliver Horton, who is the Benjamin Banneker Professor of American Studies and History at George Washington University and Historian Emeritus of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History and Charles Blockson, a black studies scholar and author assist in unraveling the documents of this historical event.
The film begins with the explanation of the how the African slaves were brought to America, Dutch settlers in the early 1600s, which caused the forced labor and rapidly developed into Colonial America and on the plantation of John Dickinson, a slaveholder, in coastal Delaware. By the middle of the 19th century slavery was more than 200 years old, and America was both a free and slaveholding nation because slavery remained in the south, the chief support of this agrarian economy. Sadly apparent, the dollar value of a slave was greater than the value of the railroads, banks, and the manufacturing business of the nation all together, film states that slavery was the main event of this nation. However,…

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