The Underground Railroad


US History Life Before the Civil War The Underground Railroad
Students learn about the Underground Railroad and some important individuals who helped slaves escape to freedom. Then students explain the role that civil disobedience played in the Underground Railroad and the abolitionist movement.

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In this experience, students learn about the Underground Railroad and some important individuals who helped slaves to escape to freedom. Then students explain the role that civil disobedience played in the Underground Railroad and the abolitionist movement.

Objective:

  • Identify the Underground Railroad and the role that civil disobedience played in it.




The Underground Railroad


The Underground Railroad was not underground nor was it a railroad, but it was certainly effective in helping enslaved African Americans travel to freedom in the North and Canada. It is estimated that about 100,000 slaves escaped to freedom using this network of houses, transportation, and volunteers.

Objective:

  • Identify the Underground Railroad and the role that civil disobedience played in it.


Why do you think this organization was called the Underground Railroad?

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Discuss with students some of their responses. Mention to students that in this experience they will be learning about the Underground Railroad and some of the people, like Harriet Tubman, who worked tirelessly under very dangerous conditions to help slaves seek freedom.


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