Essay on Slavery - Underground Rail Road

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The underground railroad was a network of northerners that helped slaves reached the north and Canada for safety from their plantation. It was secret and railway terms were used to describe system as a way to hide the real nature of the operation. The underground railroad extended from Maine to Nebraska but was most concentrated in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indian, New York, and The New England States. More of the more specific spots were Detroit, Michigan, Erie, Pennsylvania, Buffalo and New York.

The slaves and the people who housed the slaves spoke in a disguised language that was used words like "freight, lines, stations and conductors". Freight meant freed slaves, lines were routes, stopping places were stations and the people
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Former slaves were also active rolls in the Underground Railroad. One of these was an important well known black slave named Harriet Tumbman. Harriet was a runaway slave who helped many blacks escape and she became known as the "Mosses of her people" She served in the civil war she served as a nurse, cook, scout, and spy.

Most runaway slaves were young, male, unattached and highly skilled. When the slaves travelled they travelled at night to avoid being seen by slave masters, people getting paid to find slaves, and most southerners who would report them for being spotted. When a slave travelled at night he/she would follow the North star as a guide in the right direction.

In 1973 there was a law that was passed that said a run-away slave could be recaptured if caught. They tried to enforce this but because of the Yankee judges and legislators they conflicted with the outcome too much. The south got aggravated with the north and the whole slavery conflict was a major element in the Civil War.

Life for a slave in the north was not free at all. The slaves were still discriminated and they could still be caught and brought back down to the south and harshly beaten or even killed. This is what lead many of the slaves to take off for Canada. Once they had stayed in Canada for what they thought was a safe time, they would make their way back down to the New England area.

Slaves were not to be educated. If a
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