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A Final River to Cross
A Final River to Cross

A Final River to Cross

The Underground Railroad at Youngstown, NY


490 Pages, 7.5 x 9.25

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $39.95 (US $39.95) (CA $53.95)

Publication Date: July 2021

ISBN 9781952536014

Rights: WOR

City of Light Publishing (Jul 2021)
New Idea Press

Not Yet Published. Estimated release date: July 2021


Discover the compelling stories of the citizens of Youngstown, who formed an intricate Underground Railroad network

The second edition of A Final River to Cross: The Underground Railroad at Youngstown, New York offers further proof of the existence of, support for, and operation of the Underground Railroad in Western New York. The revised and enhanced second edition contains newly discovered primary source materials and includes an extensive bibliography and a comprehensive index. It clearly demonstrates the connection of Youngstown, New York to regional and national UGRR networks, and tells the compelling stories of the Village and its citizensâ€â€an agent, boaters, ferrymenâ€â€who were linked with other persons and villages in a broader network. Seven accounts document eighteen fugitive slaves who made the perilous crossing to freedom in Canada from Youngstown. The final chapter is an Underground Railroad database based on the Wellman Scale. This thoroughly documented book is exactly the kind of local and regional study that UGRR experts currently recommend and fills a gap in research on the Underground Railroad in New York State. "Thoroughly researched, with solid information, this book explores the fascinating people, places, and stories relating to the Underground Railroad in Youngstown, NY."

Author Biography

Gretchen Duling grew up in Gallipolis, a small Ohio River town that was an Underground Railroad crossing site. Her early degrees were in Music Education from the Chicago Musical College at Roosevelt University, an M.A. in Creative and Gifted Education from Buffalo State College, and an M.S. in Educational Administration and Supervision from Canisius College in Buffalo, New York. While researching her doctoral dissertation for the New York State University at Buffalo, she used both traditional historical and oral historical methods. Now a retired teacher, she has sought to answer the many unanswered questions about the history of the Underground Railroad. Dennis Duling spent his early years in Coshocton, a small town in east-central Ohio. He graduated from the college of Wooster, McCormick Theological Seminary, became an ordained Presbyterian minister, and continued his studies at the University of Heidelberg and the University of Chicago, and did postgraduate research at Yale, Yeshiva, and Heidelberg Universities. He has authored books and technical studies in his field, held offices in professional societies, given academic presentations in the U.S., Europe, and South Africa, and spent time in the Middle East. He is Professor Emeritus, Canisius College in Buffalo, New York.