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The Underground Railroad

Imagine you are a slave in the South in 1850. You work six long, hard days a week, toiling in the fields of your master; it seems very unlikely that you'll ever be freed. Then, you hear from an old friend of yours who has escaped that he is now living in the North and wants you to join him in freedom. Do you dare? If you are caught the punishment will be severe, but if not, you can live in freedom. Who can you turn to for help?

In fact, many slaves turned to the Underground Railroad, a secret system used from 1830-1860 to help slaves escape to the Northern States and Canada. The sites below will help you learn more about the Underground Railroad and the role it played in the lives of many African Americans.

  • The Underground Railroad @ nationalgeographic.com
    Join Harriet Tubman on a journey through the Underground Railroad. Make decisions on who to trust and the best way to avoid slave hunters. The site's Faces of Freedom section profiles some key players on the Underground Railroad, who risked their lives to help the slaves.




  • National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
    This site features current news, links and recent historical data about the Underground Railroad.

  • Africans in America: America's Journey Through Slavery
    PBS site devoted to the history of American slavery and its evolvement. Includes, images, biographies, and commentaries by famous black leaders.



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