From Underground Railroad to Rebel Refuge: Canada and the Civil War/Virtual Author Event with Brian Martin
October 27 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Avon Free Public Library, 281 Country Club Rd
Avon, CT 06001 United States
Join us for a virtual presentation with Brian Martin, followed by an audience Q&A to celebrate the release of From Underground Railroad to Rebel Refuge.
Filled with engaging stories and astonishing facts, From Underground Railroad to Rebel Refuge examines the role of Canadians in the American Civil War.
Despite all we know about the Civil War, its causes, battles, characters, issues, impacts, and legacy, few books have explored Canada’s role in the bloody conflict that claimed more than 600,000 lives.
A surprising 20,000 Canadians went south to take up arms on both sides of the conflict, while thousands of enslaved people, draft dodgers, deserters, recruiters, plotters, and spies fled northward to take shelter in the attic that is Canada. Though many escaped slavery and found safety through the Underground Railroad, they were later joined by KKK members wanted for murder. Confederate President Jefferson Davis along with several of his emissaries and generals found refuge on Canadian soil, and many plantation owners moved north of the border.
Award-winning journalist Brian Martin will open eyes in both Canada and the United States to how the two countries and their citizens interacted during the Civil War and the troubled times that surrounded it.
Please register; Zoom links will be sent out before the event.
This event is sponsored by the Avon Library, Avon Historical Society, and the Farmington Libraries.