Underground Railroad - Jonathan Graciano

Underground Railroad - Jonathan Graciano

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  • 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!
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