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By Jeffrey S. Copeland

ISBN-10: 1557789134

ISBN-13: 9781557789136

the most remarkable characters in American background used to be John Fairfield, a member of the Underground Railroad who helped slaves to freedom sooner than the Civil warfare. His exploits are pointed out through notables corresponding to Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, and Levi Coffin (the “President” of the Underground Railroad). All significantly trendy him yet have been stunned by way of his strategies. Fairfield used to be the single high-profile abolitionist to cost humans for his paintings. a few assert Fairfield exploited the slaves simply because he charged family in Canada to get their family to defense, yet he used the costs to aid concoct problematic ruses that he used to scouse borrow the slaves and aid them to freedom.

One time he led nineteen slaves to freedom through pretending to be an undertaker taking the physique of a slave around the Ohio River to a slave cemetery at the different aspect. He had one slave (in an open coffin) fake to be the deceased—and the opposite eighteen marched in a funeral procession during the center of city in simple sight. The townspeople stepped apart, out of recognize for the “deceased,” and watched him take them all around the river to their freedom! yet again he pretended to be a fowl broker, gaining the glory of all in a city, after which stole their slaves. nonetheless all over again he handed himself off as a businessman who had to construct boats to take salt to the South for a really ecocnomic enterprise. He obtained a number of the best voters of that city to take a position in his venture and, while the boats have been complete, he selected a moonless evening to get all of the slaves to the boats—and had them row to freedom.

Fairfield was once noticeable through a few as a scoundrel, a con guy, and a felony. Others observed him as a truly spiritual guy who believed with all his center that the evils of slavery had to be wiped out—and he was once keen to visit extremes to do this. Fairfield wasn’t as violent as, say, John Brown, yet he nonetheless obtained the activity done.

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