Underground Railroad A Journey to Freedom 1810-1850. By: Samantha Chantz. Definition of the Underground Railroad. A network of people who arranged transportation and hiding places for fugitives and escaping slaves.
Underground RailroadA Journey to Freedom1810-1850 By: Samantha Chantz
Definition of the Underground Railroad • A network of people who arranged transportation and hiding places for fugitives and escaping slaves. • People gave rewards to people to help them find their runaway slaves. The reward could be between $50 and $200 depending upon how the slave worked and if the slave could be sold again for more money.
Harriet Tubman • Harriet Tubman helped many escaped slaves. She is told to be very strong willed and do what she thought was right. • Born into slavery on Maryland's Eastern Shore. • Married John Tubman who was a free man. • She was nicknamed Moses, because in the bible Moses lead the Israelites to freedom and she lead the Slaves and escaped fugitives to freedom. • She started the Underground Railroad in 1836, and helped nearly 300 slaves escape.
Follow the Drinking Gourd • When the sun goes back and the first quail callsFollow the drinking gourdThe old man is a-waitin' for to carry you to freedomFollow the drinking gourdChorusFollow the drinking gourd,follow the drinking gourdFor the old man is a-waitin'to carry you to freedomFollow the drinking gourdThe river bed makes a mighty fine road,Dead trees to show you the wayAnd it's left foot, peg foot, traveling onFollow the drinking gourdThe river ends between two hillsFollow the drinking gourdThere's another river on the other sideFollow the drinking gourdI thought I heard the angels sayFollow the drinking gourdThe stars in the heavens gonna show you the wayFollow the drinking gourd • Follow The Drinking Gourd was a simple • Song with hidden meanings that helped • Helped escaping slaves find the rode to • freedom • One of the hidden meanings is “When the sun goes back…” That means when the sun goes down that is when you are suppose • To try and escape.
Underground Railroad terms • Conductors- people who helped slaves find the path to freedom. • Stations- a safe place for a slave to stay. • Station master- was the person in charge of the hiding place. • Passenger baggage- these were the escaped slaves/ travelers.
Signs of a Safe house • A brightly lit candle in a window meant it was a safe house which meant it was a safe place for slaves to stay. • This is the most important fact, because with out the candle being there the slaves wouldn’t know what house to go to. Many slaves couldn’t read so even if they hid a secret note and or quote many of the slaves wouldn’t know what it said.