Compiled by faculty and students from the House Divided Project at Dickinson College, this online research guide to the Underground Railroad aims to provide teachers, students and preservationists with easy access to a wide range of free digital tools that can assist in their important work on this topic.  Last updated November 2018

House Divided Project


Federal Laws and Codes

Supreme Court

State Laws

Teachable Cases

Case Compilations 

Vigilance Records and Fugitive Journals

Prints & Photographs

Newspapers & Periodicals

Government Records & Miscellaneous

Gilder Lehrman Institute (GLI) [free with registration]

Letters & Diaries

Speeches & Pamphlets

19th-Century Books



Arts and Literature


Harriet Tubman

Historic Sites & Museums

Myths, Memory, Folklore and Monuments

Classroom Resources

Full Text Journal Articles

Classic Scholarship (Full View)

Modern Books (Partial View)

Eric Foner’s Gateway To Freedom (2015)

Related Works by Matthew Pinsker

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