Underground Railroad Essay

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The History of the Underground Railroad

The underground railroad brought about 30 000 - 40 000 fugitive slaves to British North America (Canada). It was a network/tunnel of slaves and abolitionists hidden from the government, made to free slaves to Canada/Northern states. “Stolen bodies working stolen land. It was an engine that did not stop, its hungry boiler fed with blood.”
― Whitehead, Colson: The Underground Railroad. How do you think the Underground Railroad was established?

The underground railroad was operated in around the late 1800ś. The exact origin/date of its creation is unknown. It is believed by some that the underground railroad was started by Isaac T. Hopper in 1787, when he started organizing a system that would escape …show more content…

She escaped as an enslaved woman, still having a bounty on her. Harriet saved about 70 people through the underground railroad during the span of 13 trips. She went on to get married in 1844, and passed away in 1914. There’s no doubt that Harriet Tubman played a big role in conducting the underground railroad.

The underground railroad had its first mention in 1831, when a slave owner complained that his slave Tice Davids escaped through an “underground railroad”. In reality, David escaped by swimming across the Ohio river, arriving in the town of Ripley. There is a theory that Tice David's escape led to the naming of the underground railroad.

The underground railroad wasn’t an actual railroad. Instead, it was a network of safe houses and people run by abolitionists. The abolitionists ranged from Black people, enslaved people, White people, and Indigenous people to Quakers, Methodists, Baptists, Americans, and Canadians. The abolitionists tried many different methods in order to stop slavery in the United States. First, newspaper editors who were abolitionists published sections of the newspaper preaching about anti-slavery. Abolitionist Poets/Authors talked about slavery in their poems/art. Even Politicians and community leaders preached anti-slavery. But of course the abolitionists had their most iconic plan, the underground railroad, which freed tens of thousands of

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