By Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

Tells the tale of a tender girl's dramatic get away from slavery through the Underground Railroad, from the viewpoint of her liked rag doll.

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I pass the time listenin’ to Miz Mouse make herself a nest and raise her young’uns. I’s sorry when they finally go ‘cause I get to feelin’ lonely again. I get to thinkin’ that I best stop hopin’. Then one day, praise the Lord, the boards bein’ moved! Somebody’s comin’ down the ladder! If I’d a flesh-andblood heart, it woulda been poundin’ like Lindy’s that night we run off. I see light from a lantern and a woman wrappin’ up a little girl in a blanket. The child’s shiverin’, more scared, I think, than cold.

Still, thousands of slaves escaped through the Underground Railroad. ” Massa was a deliberate misuse or corruption of the term, used by slaves to diminish the respect “master” commands. overseer: a person who directed or supervised the work of slaves; sometimes called a “slave driver” because of the harsh treatment he inflicted privy: an outhouse skiff: a small, flat-bottomed boat slave catchers: white men paid by slave owners to track and capture runaway slaves within and beyond the local area.

While songs provided comfort and entertainment, many were sung to pass along messages about secret meetings and escape plans.

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