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Blockson, Charles L.

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Works: 62 works in 119 publications in 1 language and 5,993 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Handbooks and manuals  Biographies  Personal narratives  Guidebooks  Local history  Internet videos  Educational films  Bibliography‡vCatalogs 
Roles: Author, Composer, Editor, Honoree
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The Underground Railroad by Charles L Blockson( Book )

16 editions published between 1987 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,785 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"First-person narratives of excapes to freedom in the north." Illustrated with unpaged photos and portraits. Includes narratives by Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass
Black genealogy by Charles L Blockson( Book )

9 editions published between 1977 and 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,580 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explains how Black Americans can trace their ancestry and construct a family tree
Hippocrene guide to the Underground Railroad by Charles L Blockson( Book )

6 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and held by 653 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

They were often running with nothing to call their own and a price on their heads to a place in the North known only as the "promised land"; they were dependent upon the kindness and trust of strangers known only for a fleeting moment - strangers who might warm them, feed them, clothe and shelter them for a night then shuttle the fugitive slaves on to the next "station." Though many slaves were American born, African-Americans were denied the right to freedom. Their struggle to gain that freedom has been traced back to 1786 and a fugitive slave owned by George Washington. The Underground Railroad could only save few from shackles until the end of the Civil War in 1865. Pursuit began in the south, but few people know that slave hunters, after the passage of the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850, were allowed to capture their bounty in northern "free" states, where slaves were still considered property that would be forcibly returned to southern owners. This book chronicles not only the paths that were taken by fugitive slaves, but the land and the people that were the answers to many prayers for deliverance. Within the homes of Underground Railroad conductors there were false walls, cellars and attics, tunnels and stairways to confuse fugitive slave hunters. Often barns or even the heavy brush of a swamp could conceal a fugitive. Due to the very nature of the covert operation that was the Underground Railroad, the names of the people who hid fugitives, and many of these hiding places, have been kept a precious secret. While a few American communities were tolerant of the Underground Railroad, many more were less so. For some conductors who were caught, the penalty for aiding a fugitive slave included hanging; for others it meant the ruin of their livelihood or their community standing
Catalogue of the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American collection, a unit of the Temple University Libraries by Temple University( Book )

3 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 214 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Material from all over the world and in many foreign languages is included ..."--Preface
A commented bibliography of one hundred and one influential books by and about people of African descent (1556-1982) : a collector's choice by Charles L Blockson( Book )

5 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 202 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Underground Railroad in Pennsylvania by Charles L Blockson( Book )

4 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 161 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

African Americans in Pennsylvania : above ground and underground : an illustrated guide by Charles L Blockson( Book )

3 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 157 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An illustrated biographical guide to some of the distinguished Afro-Americans of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania's Black history by Charles L Blockson( Book )

3 editions published in 1975 in English and held by 142 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

African Americans in Pennsylvania : a history and guide by Charles L Blockson( Book )

3 editions published between 1994 and 1998 in English and held by 123 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Philadelphia's guide : African-American state historical markers by Charles L Blockson( Book )

3 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 116 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Liberty Bell era : the African American story by Charles L Blockson( Book )

3 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 109 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Flight to freedom : the underground railroad( Visual )

2 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 99 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Between 1790 and 1860, thousands of slaves fled the South for liberation on the "Underground Railroad". In addition to examining archival photographs, records and artifacts and interviews with national experts and descendants of slaves, conductors, and abolitionists, this program includes examples of spirituals sung by slaves as part of the "code" system, and visits homes which were used as shelters. The program highlights Rochester, New York, which was at the heart of the railroad, where passengers were hidden by Frederick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony, Harriet Tubman and others
The journey of John W. Mosley by John W Mosley( Book )

1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 97 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Philadelphia, 1639-2000 by Charles L Blockson( Book )

3 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 75 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Afro-Americana : an exhibition of selected books, manuscripts & prints by Temple University( Book )

4 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 54 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The HistoryMakers video oral history with Charles Blockson( Visual )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

African diaspora historian and curator Charles L. Blockson was born on December 16, 1933, in Norristown, Pennsylvania. Blockson has amassed one of the world's largest private collections of African American history. Blockson graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 1956, where he was a talented football player and NFL prospect. He taught local and multicultural history and traveled extensively around the world, acquiring more than 150,000 rare African, African American and African Caribbean publications and more than 500,000 rare photographs. In 1984, Blockson donated these items to Temple University, and served as curator of the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection. Blockson worked as director of the Pennsylvania Black History Committee, director of the Pennsylvania Afro-American History Board and governor's commissioner of the Governor's Heritage Program. He was the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Before Columbus Foundation, as well as multiple honorary doctorates, and has been a leading expert on the Underground Railroad
The Haitian Revolution : celebrating the first Black republic by Charles L Blockson( Book )

3 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Pennsylvania Abolition Society and the Pennsylvania black : two hundredth anniversary exhibition, Apr. 17, 1964-July 17, 1974 at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania from its collections, those of Charles L. Blockson, and others by Pennsylvania Society for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery( Book )

2 editions published in 1974 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A brief history of the Pennsylvania Black History Committee by Charles L Blockson( Book )

1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The ballad of the Underground Railroad by Charles L Blockson( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Hippocrene guide to the Underground Railroad
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Hippocrene guide to the Underground RailroadAfrican Americans in Pennsylvania : above ground and underground : an illustrated guideAfrican Americans in Pennsylvania : a history and guideThe Liberty Bell era : the African American storyPhiladelphia, 1639-2000The ballad of the Underground RailroadContemporary Black biography. profiles from the international Black community
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English (87)