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The Gospel of Freedom

Black Evangelicals and the Underground Railroad

Wilbur H. Siebert published his landmark study of the Underground Railroad in 1898, revealing a secret system of assisted slave escapes. A product of his time, Siebert based his research on the accounts of northern white male abolitionists. While useful in understanding the northern boundaries of the slaves' journey, Siebert's account leaves out the complicated narrative of assistance below the Mason-Dixon Line. In The Gospel of Freedom: Black Evangelicals and the Underground Railroad, author Alicestyne Turley positions Kentucky as a crucial "pass through" territory for escaping slaves and addresses the important contributions of white and black antislavery southerners who united to form organized networks to assist slaves in the Deep South. Drawing on family history and lore as well as a large range of primary sources, Turley shows how free and enslaved African Americans directly influenced efforts to physically and spiritually resist slavery and how slaves successfully developed their own systems to help others who were enslaved below the Mason-Dixon Line. Illuminating the roles of these black freedom fighters, Turley questions the validity of long-held conclusions based on Siebert's original work and suggests new areas of inquiry for further exploration. The Gospel of Freedom seeks to fill the historical gaps and promote the lost voices of the Underground Railroad.

About the Author

Alicestyne Turley is director of Freedom Stories for the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough, Tennessee. Turley was the founding director of the Carter G. Woodson Center for Interracial Education at Berea College and the founding director of the Underground Railroad Research Institute at Georgetown College.

Reviews

"The Gospel of Freedom is well-written, engaging and lively. Alicestyne Turley has meticulously combed the archives and other records of the period to bring crucial new evidence to bear. She has produced a compelling work that tells and documents a remarkable story of African American historical agency and achievement."—Keith P. Griffler, author of Front Line of Freedom: African Americans and the Forging of the Underground Railroad in the Ohio Valley

"Alicestyne Turley's deeply engaging, powerfully written, and well-researched book titled The Gospel of Freedom is a must read for anyone interested in the impact the Second Great Awakening had on the motives and goals of Underground Railroad activities below the Mason Dixon Line. Also crucial to this book is the author's potent discussions of African American and Kentucky history during the antebellum period. For these points alone, the author should be congratulated and praised."—Eric R. Jackson, author of Let Freedom Ring For Everyone: The Diversity of Our Nation

"This is a very welcome addition to the literature of slavery in Kentucky and the Underground Railroad generally. Alicestyne Turley has been the leader in research on both topics for some time and The Gospel of Freedom is a monument to her extensive research and command of both the sources and the literature. It will reshape how we understand slavery in Kentucky, but more importantly brings fresh perspective to the battle against slavery. Religious zeal, Black agency in claiming freedom are blended in a narrative by a historian with deep knowledge and passion equal to her subject."—William H. Mulligan, Jr., PhD, Professor of History Emeritus, Murray State University

"In The Gospel of Freedom, Alicestyne Turley provides a timely reinterpretation of the Underground Railroad as part of Black America's long struggle for civil rights. Continuing the work of James B. Hudson, Turley recenters the narrative of the Underground Railroad away from a romanticized interpretation that championed white Northern abolitionists. In its place, she shifts the narrative below the Mason-Dixon Line, deftly unpacking the confluence of religious ideas, institutions, and biracial alliances that led Black men, women, and children to undermine the institution of slavery and seek their own freedom."—Charles R. Welsko, Kentucky Historical Society, Project Director, Civil War Governors of Kentucky Digital Documentary Edition

"Alicestyne Turley turns the spotlight of history to an almost untold story and illuminates new information about a long-studied institution. Hers is a clearly-written, well-illustrated, well-researched, and compassionate study about enslaved and free people struggling to find a way to cast off the bonds that shacked all of them, and the important role religion played in all this. This is a story of often-courageous actions by mostly men and women of color, slave and free, who worked hard and long to make this world better for their followers, and to prepare them for the next world. In stressing afresh the religious roots of the struggle for freedom, especially in regard to the Underground Railroad, Alicestyne Turley does full credit to the people in this account of faith, persistence, and real heroism. Here is a well-researched, clearly written, and well-illustrated work that deserves wide attention."—James C. Klotter, State Historian of Kentucky and Professor Emeritus of History at Georgetown College

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