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The Underground Railroad


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Title: The Underground Railroad

The Underground Railroad
By Devin
Why did slaves run away and who were some of the
people who helped them?
Slave adds
The main reason they wanted to leave was because
they didnt want to be sold and taken from their
Lots of people wanted to be free so they ran to
Canada and came back later to help others
escape. For example Harret Tubman.
Harriet Tubman was a slave that ran away
from a plantation and came back to save other
slaves. She told slaves to follow the north star
to Canada if they could not come with her. She
made 19 trips and freed over 300 slaves, because
she freed so many they called her Moses. There
was also a 40 000 reward for the bounty hunter
that captured her dead or alive. Harrets real
name was Ross but she changed her name in memory
of her mom. Harriet got marred to John Tubman he
died in war. After a year or 2 she got married
again to a man named Davis who died in 1888. She
was a cook, a general, a nurse and a spy . She
died in Auburn N.Y.C in 1913.
Frederick Douglass The first recognized black
leader in America that was also the editor of
The North Star . He helped lead people to
Canada and was a good friends with Tubman. He was
born a slave in Talbot county Maryland around
1817. He escaped from slavery in 1834 by using a
black sailors protection papers. His print shop
in Rochester was a station (safe house) on the
underground railroad. He died in 1895.
John Brown John Brown was an abolitionist. He
dedicated his life to putting an end to slavery.
He though he could overthrow the American
government by guerilla warfare by enlisting freed
slaves to fight.
When the slaves built a church they would make a
hole in the floor with a secret hatch so slaves
could hide in churches without being detected.
Safe House
A lantern outside a house is a safe house. In
side it can be a trap or a warm home that
welcomes you in with food, shelter and sometimes
money. The cops were looking for slaves. If
anyone was caught hiding them they would be
arrested and or killed. The slaves would have
been killed or returned to their master for a
Routes to Freedom
Slaves traveled from the Southern States to the
Northern States and into Canada.
Routes Taken to Canada
How did the slaves get to Canada? They went on
the underground railroad, by following the North
Star, through the wood, over fields, and across
rivers usually at night. They got in a box and
went on a train with dry bread and water, a
friend got him/her on board. Sometimes the
railroad would put them in coaches, steamships,
skiffs, wagons or on foot to Canada.
Canada Free at last
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