I just finished "The Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead. I thought it was very good except for the author's decision to make the railroad a literal underground railroad, complete with tracks & carriages & stations. The rest of the book was so *real*, brutally so, & this just seemed...a bit fanciful. I see it won the Pulitzer, though, so clearly I'm wrong, lol.
It's surprising the subject isn't written about more often, really. It seems to me such a supreme act of bravery on the part of everyone involved, both the slaves leaving everything they know (no matter how awful) & risking a terrible death for the chance of freedom & also those who helped them on their way who risked arrest, violence & ostracism. It's a fascinating if disturbing topic.