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Ethnic and African American related books from ShopPAHeritage.com.

Vigilance In Pennsylvania: Underground Railroad Activities In The Keystone State, 1837-1861 By Dr. Matthew Pinsker (PDF, 903 KB) was prepared from a recommendation made in the 1990s by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission’s Black History Advisory Committee to provide an assessment of scholarship on the Underground Railroad in Pennsylvania.  It was created by Dr. Matthew Pinsker, now of the History Department of Dickinson College, and presented at the annual PHMC Conference on Black History in Pennsylvania on April 27, 2000.
There has been additional research on the Underground Railroad in Pennsylvania since this was written, but this study, however outdated, provides an excellent overview.

Previous Pennsylvania Heritage Magazine Articles

"In Immortal Splendor" Wilkes-Barre's Fugitive Slave Case of 1853
Published in Spring 2008, William C. Kashatus guides readers on a whirlwind visit to mid-nineteenth-century Wilkes-Barre. (PDF, 2.6 MB)

Finding Sanctuary at Montrose
William Kashatus writes about Pennsylvania abolitionists. (PDF, 2.6 MB)