‘David Ruggles’ awakens appreciation for militant conduct

By Candace J. Semien

Graham Russell Gao Hodges takes a delicate and courageous approach in recanting the life of David Ruggles, a Black abolitionist who orchestrated the moves of runaway slaves traveling the Underground Railroad in the early 1800s.

Hodges captures the core essence of how critical Ruggles is to the collective History of America in David Ruggles: A Radical Black Abolitionist and the Underground Railroad in New York City. To read this book is to remember the teachings of many Black antislavery activists including Ruggles’ mentee: Frederick Douglass.

It also awakens a passion and appreciation for what Hodges calles “militant conduct and community mobilization”. BuytheBook.

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