What was the underground railroad? Who was part of it?
Well , the underground railroad was a secret way of bringing slaves from the south up North to freedom. Conductors were people who helped along the way. A famous conductor was Harriet Tubman.
The underground railroad started around the 1790's , but it wasan't very popular until around 1810 to 1830. That is when it became well known. THe underground railroad lasted until slavery was over.
The underground railroad was started to free slaves by bringing them up north. It had complex networks and patterns of routes and safehouses to keep the slaves from being caught, a single person didn't start it. Abolitionists and slaves who wanted freedom worked together and created it without knowing it.
Did you know , that by 1850, many historians estimate that over 100,000 slaves were freed thanks to the underground railroad!
Was the underground railroad helpful to the U.S.?
It was very helpful. It brought the attention of the nation to slavery and evetually it helped awaken people about how bad it was. It somewhat helped end it.
Mhmm , here are some cool extra facts then. Conductors of the underground railroad could be fined up to $1,000 or even up to 6 months of jail if caught helping slaves. Safehouses usually hid slaves in basements , cellars, and hidden spaces in cupboards.
The underground railroad is boring.
Oh dang , nevermind the underground railroad is pretty cool!