The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead Discussion Questions

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

'The Underground Railroad' is a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Colson Whitehead that offers a counterfactual history of the Underground Railroad before the American Civil War. These questions support classroom discussion about the novel.

The Underground Railroad

Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad is in many ways a form of historical fiction about slavery in the South, but the author takes liberties with the facts to develop an alternate history in which the Underground Railroad is more than a network of safe houses. In this novel, the Underground Railroad also includes a literal railroad that transports people to safety. The following questions will guide teachers in secondary classrooms through a discussion of this novel.

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