Contributions Of The Underground Railroad

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What was the underground railroad? The Underground Railroad was a system of abolitionist, freed slaves, and conductors to helping slaves to freedom. It began in 1700s and continued author of the Civil War. In 1831 Tice Davids swim to his freedom across the Ohio River and his master coined the term “underground road” to describe his escape and that’s how the name Underground Railroad came into place. Abolitionist and Quakers were some of the main supporters of underground they would help provide safe passage and hidden spots to sleep traveling to freedom. The conductors led slaves through many places to take them to the free states and Canada. Harriet Tubman risked her life for eight years to save as many people as she could. “ I was a conductor of the underground railroad for eight years, and I can say most conductors can’t say - I have never ran my train off the tracks and I have never lost a passenger.” This shows how skilled Harriet was at her job and how she never got caught or lost a slave, of the hundred or more slaves she helped free. “I grew up like a neglected weed,- ignorant of liberty having no experience of it. Then I was not happy or contented.” Harriet Tubman was born into slavery and at the age of eight she was hired out to a neighbor named James Cook and his wife. Mrs cook was a Weaver, she attempted to teach Harriet but she refused to learn. Harriet other jobs including checking the muskrat traps and she did that no matter the conditions.
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