The Great Escape: Harriet Tubman Essay

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“Harriet Tubman, Henry Bibb, Anthony Burns, Addison White, Josiah Henson and John Parker -”(“Underground Railroad: A Pathway to Freedom” 1) . These were all well known individuals who escaped slavery using the Underground Railroad. Beginning in the late 1700’s, many lives were at risk all for the sake of their freedom. The Underground Railroad was not only a secret system that was used to help fugitive slaves gain their freedom, but it was an opportunity for a better life. Although the Railroad had its advantages, it also had many downfalls. The life of slavery had taken a large toll on many lives, so they had to find a way to the north for a better chance of survival. At the time, by escaping to the north, slaves would be considered …show more content…

After 1850, most escaping slaves traveled all the way to Canada [to ensure that] they would be safe. The reason was that the United States Congress passed a law in 1850 called The Fugitive Slave Act.” ( “Pathways to Freedom : Maryland & the Underground Railroad” 8). With the Fugitive Slave Acts put into effect, runaway slaves would have to travel through the routes that lead to Canada, Mexico, or even the Caribbean in order to be granted their freedom and safety. Although the use of the Underground Railroad had many advantages, it also shared a number of disadvantages. During the late 1700’s, many runaway slaves risked their lives and safety when taking the option of using the Underground Railroad system. Not only was it a dangerous journey for themselves, but also for the conductor who lead them to freedom. If the fugitives were caught, they were returned to the plantations and faced many consequences, but consequences for the conductors most times lead to death. When taking the risk of being possibly captured, runaway slaves would have done anything for their freedom, even if it put their health and well-being into jeopardy. In most cases, many slaves would die due to starvation or hypothermia during the dangerous journey in harsh conditions. Along with

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