Essay on The Road to Freedom—the Underground Railroad

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The Road to Freedom—the Underground Railroad


"Many times I have suffered in the cold, in beating rains pouring in torrents from the watery clouds, in the midst of the impetuosity of the whirlwinds and wild tornadoes leading on my company—not to the field of...war...but to the land of impartial freedom, where the bloody lash was not buried in the quivering flesh of a slave...." (7,p.i).

Such were the conditions of the Underground Railroad. It was a fictitous railroad but served the same purpose: to transport people from one place to another. This railroad, however, was not sanctioned by any government, in fact if it had been discovered many would have died. The Underground Railroad was a huge risk. If you used
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If the whites had not enslaved the blacks for two-hundred years there wouldn't have been an underground freedom movement.

Knowing and understanding the characteristics, distribution, and migrations of people is another key factor. The people who travelled on the underground railroad were migrants, though not legally. Moving from one area to another defines thema s migrants. When they got to the desired place, there was an economic interdepence was set up. Lastly, two more standards that apply are about applying geography. Using the information we know now about the time of slavery can help us to interpret the past, however, it can also help us to interpret the future and the present.

History "The Underground Railroad developed in a section of the country rid of slavery, and situated between two regions" (6, p.17). The two regions were the southern half of what was then the United States, and Canada: the land without any hint of slavery or threat of extradition. The Underground Railroad, therefore, developed in the land between these two factors, which would be the northern half of what was then the U.S.

Slavery was outlawed early on in New England, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. The Ordinance of 1787 that created many of the mid-western states such as Ohio and
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