Do you know the connections between Iowa and the Underground Railroad?
There is a lot of ongoing interest in the Underground Railroad (UGRR). While Iowa might not be the first state you associate with the UGRR, Iowa is one of the few places along the Mason-Dixon line where a free state borders a slave state without a river in between. It was also used as a staging area for Bloody Kansas and raids into Missouri by Abolitionist forces.
The story is enticing. It involves a secret system that most people don’t have a clear idea about but it involves codes, disguises, and secret rooms. Plus, it allows us, from the safety and security of our 21st century homes, to feel that we ourselves would have participated and taken such risks for freedom. Wanting to be associated or connected with the UGRR lets us see traces and connections where they don’t exist, we can turn something into a code…
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