Perilous Lost: A Misunderstanding of the Underground Railroad

Tom Calarco
7 min readOct 23, 2023
New Yorker article, July 2016

Last year, I came across an article in The New Yorker published in 2016, The Perilous Lure of the Underground Railroad, that I never had seen. I did see an Op-Ed with a similar theme in the New York Times that year, however. Both claim the activities of the Underground Railroad were greatly exaggerated. I sent in a rebuttal to the NYT, but it was never published.

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Tom Calarco

One of the nation’s foremost experts on the Underground Railroad, Tom has written eight books about the legendary network — see undergroundrailroadconductor.com