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Sophia Danielpour Harriet Tubman Section E

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Sophia Danielpour
Harriet tubman: c. 1830 - 1913
Period e
Mrs. Mendoza

Harriet Tubman
Map of the Underground Railroad
This map depicts the routes of the notorious Underground Railroad, for which Harriet Tubman was a conductor. Its significance is that escaping slaves travel on these routes northward, until they reach freedom in the Northern States or Canada.
primary source!
The Underground Railroad Excerpts
This excerpt shows that the Underground Railroad's growth didn't accelerate when escapes were easy, but rather more people helped out when, due to the Fugitive Slave Act, it was harder and even more risky to support a slave during their flee for freedom. The fact that people helped slaves when it was less safe for them to do so shows that many people supported the abolitionist cause and were willing to risk their own lives for the life and freedom of another.
The message of this passage is that one of the tactics used by the Underground Railroad to ensure that journeys remained secret was that conductors and stationmasters used codes to convey messages that only they could understand.
This excerpt demonstrates the many tactics used to disguise a runaway slave. For example, the article states that some slaves were made to look as if they were on their way to work, others were given a different skin color than their description, some were dressed as if they were of the upper class and free, and others were even disguised as the opposite gender.
Overall, these excerpts from a primary source document show the enormous effort needed, and put forth by abolitionists and regular people, in order for slaves to successfully escape and for the Underground Railroad to fully and properly function.
Political Cartoon!
Am I Not a Man and A Brother?
This political cartoon depicts an African American in bondage with a caption stating "am I not a man and a brother". This illustrates the irony that although we deem all men to be created equal, we bind our fellow men and brothers in shackles. It also demonstrates the importance of the Underground Railroad, by showing that the Underground Railroad makes it possible for African Americans to become free and be treated equally, as men and brothers.
Works Cited!
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