University Press of Kentucky
Just as Diemer reveals the importance of one man to the Underground Railroad, Alicestyne Turley’s The Gospel of Freedom: Black Evangelicals and the Underground Railroad (University Press of Kentucky) reveals how one state, Kentucky, was an integral if overlooked part of African Americans’ quest for emancipation in the long-nineteenth century. Reviewer Richard Newman believes Turley’s most important contribution is her contention that Black religious leaders made “Kentucky a viable pass-through locale for generations of African American freedom seekers,” which makes the state a peer of other “major crossroads of the Underground Railroad,” like “Pennsylvania, New York, Indiana, and Ohio.” Newman writes that Turley’s examination of the religious activists, especially Black leaders, who developed “’networks of slave escape’” is “both informative and ramifying.”
"The Gospel of Freedom: Black Evangelicals and the Underground Railroad,"
Civil War Book Review: Vol. 25
Available at: https://repository.lsu.edu/cwbr/vol25/iss2/5