This three week NEH summer seminar will focus on the history of the Underground Railroad in North America from origins of slavery to the Reconstruction Era.Class time each morning will be spent on intensive study of key primary and secondary texts on the seminar topics. There will be daily pedagogical sessions on classroom application of the areas of study. Field trips will travel to Auburn, New York, Seneca Fall, Rochester, New York then to Albany, New York, Northampton, Massachusetts, Middelbury, Vermont, North Elba, New York. Guest speakrs will include Manisha Sinha, Judith Wellmna and Leigh Fought. Seminar is located at Colgate University, in Hamilton, New York, a lovely place to spend three weeks in the summer. Director is Graham Hodges, the George Dorland Langdon, Jr. Professor of History at Colgate and author of David Ruggles: A Radical Black Aboltionist and the Underground Railroad in New York City (UNC Press 2010) among many other books.