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THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD. The Underground Railroad. The Underground Railroad was a secret network of people who helped runaway slaves escape to freedom . The Underground Railroad. Slaves traveled this path to Canada to attain freedom. The Underground Railroad.

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the underground railroad
The Underground Railroad

The Underground Railroad was a secret network of people who helped runaway slaves escape to freedom

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Slaves traveled this path to Canada to attain freedom.

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  • Abolitionists helped the slaves escape There were blacks and whites, women and men, Northerners and Southerners; all who thought slavery was wrong.
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Slaves stayed in special hiding places in the South and North called “safe houses” or “stations”

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  • Some stations had white bricks on the top of their chimney
  • Others would place a lantern outside the house.
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  • Conductors would lead the fugitives along the Underground Railroad from station to station.
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  • As a conductor, Harriet Tubman helped thousands of slaves escape
  • Her nickname was "Moses" because she helped free so many slaves.
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  • There were lots of “wanted” poster for slaves
  • Harriet Tubman was the “most wanted” slave. The reward for her was $15,000
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  • Slaves used code words and phrases to secretly discuss heading for the North without tipping off their owners.

Station - place of safety

"The wind blows from the south today" -the warning of slave bounty hunters nearby

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  • Slaves sang spirituals - they had hidden messages that only the slaves understood
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“Follow the Drinking Gourd”

At the end of the "drinking gourd“ (the big dipper) was the north star. And the path of the north star was the path to freedom.