“Tracking the Truth of the Underground Railroad” by Steve Grant
This is a good source for getting an idea on local history of the UGRR as it gives an up to date status on local sites in which have or could be useful in uncovering history. Published in a semi local news paper, this article along with others has already lead to the exposure of Bliss St. in Hartford. The article references the 13 sites in Peter Hinks documents we have just finished analyzing. Overall it is very useful and Grant as a journalist has some great work out there on the UGRR.
“A review of sites associated with the Underground Railroad in Connecticut” by Peter Hinks
This unpunished documents is a prime resource for those exploring the Underground Railroad in Connecticut. It begins with a general overview of slavery and abolition within the state but then narrows the findings down to sites within specific towns. This is important as it saves time and research as it identifies sites that one researching may want to further explore. The only weak side to this document in my opinion, is the fact that it lists sites in towns, for example, Norwich, and does not have any information. However this is similar to our own situation as we have a site, the house on Ratley Rd., however we do not have information on it. Therefore we must mock the investigation tactics Hinks uses and expose this information on West Suffield.
Project Muse (A Johns Hopkins University Site)
This is a website in which has an accessible copy of The Underground Railroad in Connecticut, a book by Horatio T. Struthers. The website includes a review of this book, showing the importance of the story being told and how it is not as accessible as it should be. Most importantly this site gives the availability of searching within the book. This feature gives a researcher an easy way to search within the 200+ pages, for example the term “Suffield” returned three results. This is a good easy access source to think important book for our search.