Bound for Canaan: The Underground Railroad and the War for the Soul of America

Abridged Audiobook

Written By: Fergus M. Bordewich

Narrated By: Fergus M. Bordewich

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Date: April 2005

Duration: 5 hours 31 minutes


An important book of epic scope on America's first racially integrated, religiously inspired movement for change.

The true story of the Underground Railroad is much more morally complex and politically divisive than even the myths suggest. Against a backdrop of the country's westward expansion arose a clash of values that evolved into a fierce fight for nothing less than the country's soul. Beginning six decades before the Civil War, freedom-seeking blacks and courageous whites worked together to save tens of thousands of lives, often at the risk of great physical danger to themselves. Not since the American Revolution had the country engaged in an act of such vast and profound civil disobedience that not only challenged prevailing mores but also subverted federal law.

Meticulously researched and uncommonly engaging, Bound for Canaan shows why it was the Underground Railroad and not the civil rights movement that gave birth to this country's first racially integrated, religiously inspired movement for social change.

Written and read by Fergus M. Bordewic


  • Mary Moseley

    The author does an excellent job piecing together the bits of mostly oral history and memorializing them in this book. The stories are well supported by whatever documents existed at the time. These stories bring alive the critical struggle that the United States underwent over the institution of slavery. The focus is on the underground railroad, but the story cannot be told without the historical and sociological background. The author tells the underground railroad story in the context of this broader background in an engaging and enlightening manner.

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  • Reed Richards

    This audio book was fantastic and I enjoyed the entire thing. I would recommend to anyone interested in the Underground Railroad to visit the INCREDIBLE National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio:

  • Sharon Bennett

    This is a clear and concise book. The reader's voice makes the material even more compelling than just reading it in print. The history it presents is absolutely fascinating, and the way the writer presents it is a marvel. Recommend for even listeners of just fiction.

Bound for Canaan: The Underground Railroad and the War for the Soul of America

by Fergus M. Bordewich

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Bound for Canaan: The Underground Railroad and the War for the Soul of America, Fergus M. Bordewich