The Underground Railroad

Colson Whitehead

The Underground Railroad

Recommendation inspired by:
The courage of Harriet Tubman - Janell Hobson

Why we love this book:

This book is an intense exploration of the atrocities of slavery through a blend of historical fact and fiction that borders on magical realism at times. The underground railroad shows up as an actual train system that delivers the protagonist, Cora, to a series of radically different states in a Gulliver’s Travels-esque epic struggle for freedom. I found it to be a powerful, moving, and insightful read; it has informed the way I think about the legacy of slavery in America.

Recommended by:
Alex Rosenthal, TED-Ed Team

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