The Beloved Myth of the Underground Railroad
All aboard the historical revisionist train. The secret network that helped escaped slaves make it north to freedom in a pre-Civil War United States is still taught in schools today, but even its remembrance poses problems. First, white abolitionists working the railroad are more likely to be celebrated than Black ones who faced far greater danger. And second, the railroad, with its simple focus on liberation and Northern enlightenment, helps modern Americans forget the horrors of slavery, and the systemic discrimination against Black people to this day.