The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (Book Analysis)
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This engaging summary presents an analysis of The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead, which follows Cora, a teenage runaway slave, as she travels through America after escaping a cruel owner and a brutal existence on a plantation, pursued all the while by the feared slave catcher Ridgeway. In her escape, she uses a subterranean railway manned by free former slaves and sympathetic whites, making the novel an intriguing reimagining of the real system of safe houses and transport routes in the antebellum USA. The Underground Railroad is Colson Whitehead’s best-known novel, and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2017.
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