A Road Scholar Program by Jeanne Schultz Angel. The state of Illinois played a prominent role during the anti-slavery movement in the mid-19th Century. But were all Illinoisans who were against slavery also supportive of the Underground Railroad, or even racial equality? Understanding the differences between those who were 'anti-slavery' and those who were 'radical abolitionists' is important to both understanding how the Underground Railroad was viewed in Illinois, and also determining which of its sites are verifiable. Explore the history behind the anti-slavery movement in Northern Illinois and examine the criteria historians use to separate fact from fiction.
This event is free and open to the public.
Sponsor Organization: Henry County Historical Society.
Funded project of the Illinois Humanities Council. The Illinois Humanities Council [IHC] is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Illinois General Assembly [through the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency], as well as by contributions from individuals, foundations and corporations.Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed by speakers, program participants, or audiences do not necessarily reflect those of the NEH, the IHC, our partnering organizations or our funders.