Slavery and underground railroad tour nyc review
The Underground Railroad by Colson WhiteheadCora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hell for all the slaves, but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood—where even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Matters do not go as planned—Cora kills a young white boy who tries to capture her. Though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted.
In Whitehead’s ingenious conception, the Underground Railroad is no mere metaphor—engineers and conductors operate a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. Cora and Caesar’s first stop is South Carolina, in a city that initially seems like a haven. But the city’s placid surface masks an insidious scheme designed for its black denizens. And even worse: Ridgeway, the relentless slave catcher, is close on their heels. Forced to flee again, Cora embarks on a harrowing flight, state by state, seeking true freedom.
Like the protagonist of Gulliver’s Travels, Cora encounters different worlds at each stage of her journey—hers is an odyssey through time as well as space. As Whitehead brilliantly re-creates the unique terrors for black people in the pre–Civil War era, his narrative seamlessly weaves the saga of America from the brutal importation of Africans to the unfulfilled promises of the present day. The Underground Railroad is at once a kinetic adventure tale of one woman’s ferocious will to escape the horrors of bondage and a shattering, powerful meditation on the history we all share.
NYC Underground Railroad Tour - Inside Out Tours
We were a school group of 45 students and 5 chaperones. We went on our tour during a wind and rain storm. Our tour guide did a wonderful job of improvising and making the best of the experience. Our students enjoyed the tour, discussions, and history lessons. We will be doing the Immigration tour next! She did an entertaining job by telling us the history and its leading actors of this impressive building. It was a great joy to join her.
On a freezing cold day,our guide Rootie apologies for the spelling was excellent on this very informative and fascinating walking tour. You don't walk very far so don't worry if you can't walk distances. Rootie's enthusiasm for her subject and knowledge is infectious. She really brought the subject to life and shows you a very different side to New York,she kept us enthralled for the entire period and even the bitter cold weather didn't phase her. Rootie was very knowledgable and helpful,answering any questions and making sure ll understood what she had just passed on in terms of knowledge. Im really glad we took this tour to see the dark side of New York history and hear a story that others should hear about the horrendous treatment received by slaves and the stories of some tremendously brave people who tried to make things just a little bit better and bearable. Excellent tour,money well spent More.
After all, this is a tour of the Underground Railroad. My children, at 8 and 14, are glowering. Why would they want to spend a morning walking the freezing streets of Lower Manhattan? But, like our ancestors, we are not living in an easy time. Some of their tools, foresight and resistance are already very much needed. Still, we arrive 10 minutes late for a tour that asks everyone to be 15 minutes early. In my 20s and early 30s, when writing was still the sideline thing I hoped to one day not be so sideline, I walked the Lower Manhattan streets to my job as a word-processing temp.
What To Expect
Learn all about the Freedom Trail, its history, and how New York played a significant role in this part of history. Guests will visit an archaeological site and memorial, experience a former site for the Underground Railroad, and listen to the stories of New Yorkers who risked their lives to help people escape slavery in America. Was this review helpful?
Exactly what Damaras took a large group on a 2. She is friendly and approachable and well versed in answering questions. I would totally recommend this tour for anyone - whether a local I bought a New York Explorer Pass Thank you for your feedback but your review is both inaccurate and unfair.
Apologies if I misspell her name, but Ludie? Very knowledgeable, passionate and energetic. This was a deeply moving tour that provided great context to New York City's history and its direct ties to slavery. Only piece of criticism, due to rain the number of stops were limited. I would definitely do this tour again. We thought about walking the bridge ourselves but I highly recommend using Inside Out Tours to narrate the history and provide background stories to fully enjoy the experience.