If you were a slave during the mid-19th century, your only chance of freedom would be the Underground Railroad. The Underground Railroad “was a hidden network of people and places established to help runaway slaves escape safely to the North and Canada. Free blacks—assisted by sympathetic white Northerners and operating largely in disguise and at night—provided directions, food, and shelter for those seeking freedom”(Underground Railroad). About 100,000 slaves escaped captivity through the system during the 1800s. The slaves used whatever they could to travel, “by foot, in small boats, by covered wagon, and even in boxes shipped by rail or sea”(Underground Railroad).
Frederick Douglass, the most successful runaway slave that ever was. Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey was born directly into slavery in Talbot County, Maryland to his mother, Harriet Bailey and his father, who is said to be Anthony Aaron . His birth year is thought to be around 1818 however the exact date is unknown. He later chose to celebrate his birthday on February 14th. He began his early stages of life living with his maternal grandmother, Betty Bailey, but a relatively young age, he was forced to live on a plantation with plantation owners, one of which was thought to be his father.
In 1853 Brown 's family was broken apart and sold to different slave owners. When Clara was 56 yrs old, she was granted freedom but required to leave the state. Clara settled in a mining town now called Central City, CO where she worked as a laundress, cook and midwife. With the money she made, she invested in properties and mines nearby. She was known as Aunt Clara because of her emotional and financial support.
The Fugitive Slave act was put in place and slaves would be returned to their slave masters and depending on what they did, they could get anything from beaten to tortured to killed. Harriet escaped her slave master so it was very risky for her to be in the US. I believe the underground railroad was her greatest achievement because of her time spent, the risk and the number of people she helped. First she spent a lot of time doing the underground railroad. She came down to the south and made rescues for ten years and spend a lot of her life also finding safe houses so slaves could escape (Document
It was recorded that John Dumont promised to emancipate Baumfree in late 1826, however he did not follow through on his promise. In turn, Baumfree escaped to freedom previous to the state actually emancipated all slaves in 1827. Shortly after her escape, Truth learned that her son had been illegally sold into slavery in Alabama. She took the issue to court and eventually secured his return from the South. The case was one of the first in which a black woman successfully challenged a white man in a United States court.
The process of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade was a maniac and unsafe affair. Nevertheless, as the demand for slaves grew for the Europeans, African chiefs would organize raids to take people from other societies and frequently launch wars to capture victims for slave trade. People taken right out of their homes, fields, and villages; people’s lives changed instantly. In the book The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, Olaudah shows just how frightening, awful, and changing this experience really is for the good and the bad. The book begins with Equiano explaining the history of the place that he was born which is Eboe, a kingdom of Benin, located in Guinea.
Harriet Tubman spent most of her life trying to help slaves. She was a slave herself, she was born in Dorchester Country, Maryland in the year 1822. She started working at a very young age, by the age of 5 she was already doing child care and consequently by 12 she was doing field work and hauling logs, as she got older the job got harder. When she turned 26 Harriet decided to make a life-changing decision when her master died, she decided to abscond. She married a free black man.
The Life of Sojourner Truth: An Abolitionist Sojourner Truth, whose original name was Isabella Baumfree, was born in Upstate New York in around 1797. In that day, the birthdays of children born into slavery were not kept track of, so the exact date of Isabella’s birth is not known. She grew up in a slave family with 11 siblings. In 1843, Isabella Baumfree changed her name to Sojourner Truth. In 1846, Sojourner became an abolitionist and a civil and woman’s rights activist.
Such as traveling south to north to free her people. “Within 10 years, she made 19 trips to the South to escort slaves to the North by way of covert routes and network of safe houses. She personally escorted over 300 slaves to freedom, including her parents
Mr douglas is an inspiration to many slaves. Frederick douglass path to freedom was long and hard. well anything like that would be hard. Frederick took a train from Baltimore to Philadelphia. He had to make this risky journey so he could be free.
Harriet tubman was born somewhere around the mid 1820 In Dorchester County MD. As a child she was born as a slave and was a slave for like 20 years. Her by logical name was Araminta ross and then changed her name to Harriet tubman took her mom 's first name and took her 1st husband last name. Early in life she was whipped and she ran away to get away from slavery. But that did not go well as planned and she sent to the south and she got seizures do to the heavy metal that she got beat with.
Harriet Tubman, originally Araminta Harriet Ross was an African American woman born into slavery in 1820. Her early life was harsh and full of brutal and savage slave practices by her masters. Eventually in 1849 she had escaped slavery but left her family behind. Later on she came back for them after becoming a conductor for the underground railroad and led them to the North where they would be free. She led more slaves and was seen as a beacon of hope for their people, earning her the nickname of Moses.