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The Underground Railroad

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Praneetha Kakarla

on 3 March 2014

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Transcript of The Underground Railroad

What, When and Where is the Underground Railroad?
"Deep" Inquiry Question
Why should we know about the Underground Railroad?
Connections with the Underground Railroad (UGRR)
Answer to "Deep" Inquiry Question
Sources
Questions
By : Praneetha Kakarla #7 61G
What, When and Where is the Underground Railroad?
Agenda
"Deep" Inquiry Question

"How has the Underground Railroad influenced today's society and lifestyle around the world?"
An African-American at that time would have been kidnapped and sold to a stranger in the slave states of U.S.A. They would have been transported to a foreign country and might have never seen their home & parents again. Many of them even died due to malnutrition and other deadly diseases.

If you were one of those people alive, wouldn't you want to escape slavery too? The Underground Railroad helped many slaves reach freedom. At that time, it was the most successful way for any slave to escape slavery. If you had been able to escape using the Underground Railroad, it would have meant the whole world to you. It would have probably saved your life!

"How has the Underground Railroad influenced today's society and lifestyle around the world?"

Since the Underground Railroad freed many slaves and transported them to free states or countries, the slave states (states in which slavery was legal) formed a confederacy named Confederate States of America. They declared that they wanted slavery to be legal in all states, and this is when the American Civil War began.

After four years of war and bloodshed that had killed around 600 000 soldiers, the confederacy collapsed and slavery was finally abolished. When slavery was abolished, "black" people had the same rights as "white" people, and because of this many "black" people became inventors and did great things for the world.

Among these people are inventors like Garret Morgan who invented the first automatic three-way traffic signal system which we still use today (in a modified version), and John Lee Love who invented the first portable pencil sharpener.



Connections Between...

The Underground Railroad
Any Questions?
Feel free to ask!
Why should we know about the Underground Railroad?
Connections with the Underground Railroad
Answer to "Deep" Inquiry Question
http://www.blackhistorycanada.ca/events.php?themeid=21&id=6
http://www.heritagetrust.on.ca/Slavery-to-Freedom/History/The-Underground-Railroad.aspx
http://www.biography.com/tv/classroom/black-history-inventions-and-discoveries

What:
Not an actual railroad. It is a major network of getaway routes & safe houses that connected U.S.A. & Canada.
Helped "black" slaves reach liberty.
Also known as "Journey to freedom".
When:
Began operating in the 1780's.
Most active between 1840-1860 (before the American Civil War).
Became known as the Underground Railroad in the 1830's (before, it was known as the "railroad").
Where:
Originated in southern United States.
Refugees arrived across Canada, but mostly came to southwestern Ontario (Windsor, Fort Erie, Owen Sound).
World & UGRR:
UGRR was the cause of the American Civil War, which was the cause of slavery being abolished.
There are many people in this world who aren't slaves, but would've been if they were alive when slavery was legal.
Many African-Americans were born after slavery was abolished, and because of that, they were able to do great things for the world.
My "deep" inquiry question is...
Answer on page 8
Sources:
Me & UGRR:
I learned that it is very important not to discriminate people.
Learned not to judge people by their class, race, religion, and appearance.
Everyone should stand for human rights and equality.
No one should be forced to do anything against their will.
Things we have learned & UGRR:
We have all learned not to be bystanders when someone is being bullied. People back then were judged by class, race, religion, and appearance which is counted as bullying. The people who were guides at the Underground Railroad helped slaves escape and were not bystanders.
Monday March 3, 2014
http://www.inmotionaame.org/gallery/detail.cfm?migration=2&topic=1&id=2_003M&type=map
http://www.blubberbuster.com/board/Q_A3.html
http://www.forbes.com/fdc/welcome_mjx.shtml

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