In the first week of American Studies, we explored different important character involved in the historical events that happened in Suffield is “the potential Underground Railroad” we research in great depth independently with different important character involved. The Underground railroad was routes in the 19th-century for fugitive slave who wanted freedom to escape to Canada or other free states. The character I chose is Reverend Hemingway, a person who had a great influence in this event. He was the one who asked John Hooker to help him look up some evidence in an important slave case in Virginia. In 1845 Reverend Hemingway and Hooker formed a partnership to sue four Virginia slave owners so that Flora’s descendants could be freed. The two daughters of Flora were free women, but they were kidnapped somewhere in Connecticut and, thus, the eventual suit laid claim to for their and their children freedom. Hemingway and Hooker made Flora release from her slave owner and started the plan of the underground railroad. Hemingway’s most important and clearly active part in his pursuit to abolish slavery and bring about a more democratic society.
Although Mr. Hemingway’s was stationed in Suffield and was clearly active in his pursuit to abolish slavery and bring about a more democratic society, it is not clear if his passion in ending the slave institution stemmed in Suffield. If his passion did in fact stem from within Suffield, it could perhaps indicate a strong anti-slavery society in Suffield. If that happens to be the case at hand, we could perhaps discover other people with like intentions and perhaps draw vague connections and discover evidence that Suffield was involved or establish in the Underground Railroad in Suffield.
I think that we need to know more about the entire historical event about Underground railroad and things about Flora. My source didn’t include any thing about Flora’s case, so I think I should have a better understand with this part. In my understanding, Reverend Hemingway’s only important part is he is one of the establisher of the Suffield Underground Railroad, but I think he should be a more important role in this historical event. Therefore maybe I can get more understanding from Friday’s field trip by finding out where is his school actually is.