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Underground Railroad

by Aubrey Wheeler, Kevin Songco

Aubrey wheeler

on 18 September 2012

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By: Aubrey Wheeler and Kevin Songco Underground Railroad To escape slavery from southern states, slaves would use the underground railroad which a secret network of routes where slaves would move from safe house to safe house in order to get to the north to be free. Opening Statement Slavery at that time was a popular thing in the south. Slaves wanted a way to escape from there slave owners therefore Quakers made it simpler by creating this system . Abolitionists helped the slaves get from place to place by guiding them with food, shelter, and protection. Because of the underground railroad, slave owners in the south became angry at the fact that slaves were escaping into the north. Slaves that escaped into the north then claimed to be free. Causes Slaves desired to be free
Slaves would be led by abolitionists
Also led to Mexico and overseas
Fewer than 1,000 slaves from all slave-holding states were able to escape each year
Consisted of meeting points, secret routes, transportation, and safe houses.
There laws that tried to prevent slaves from claiming their freedom. Characteristics The significance of the Underground railroad was that it got enslaved african americans to the north other wise known as the free states. This was the most effective way of helping a slave escape. There were about 3,000 people working on the railroad by 1850, and about 50,000 slaves were freed. Significance The underground railroad, with the help of abolitionists, helped slaves escape their slave holders and reach the north by the use of secret routes, meeting points, and safe houses. Conclusion
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