Southern newspapers of the day were often filled with pages of notices soliciting information about escaped slaves and offering sizable rewards for their capture and return. What do you think made Harriet Tubman so successful at helping slaves escape the South. What challenges do you still face as an African American.
Without the presence and support of free black residents, there would have been almost no chance for fugitive slaves to pass into freedom unmolested.
Similarly, some popular, nonacademic sources claim that spirituals and other songs, such as "Steal Away" or " Follow the Drinking Gourd ", contained coded information and helped individuals navigate the railroad.
How did most fugitives travel. Children were sometimes hard to keep quiet or were unable to keep up with a group. Have students chart their own course to freedom. Then ask students to read one or more of the slave narratives in Growing Up in Slavery and Tell the Storyfor first-hand accounts from people who lived through slavery and emancipation.
Finally, as a class, decide which 19th century American abolitionist you would choose if you could meet one today.
Abolitionists and Harriet Tubman Travel Along With the Runaway Slave Students will read how the runaway slave finds his way to a safe house, the home of a stationmaster named John. You live in Ohio, along the shore of the Ohio River. Did the abolition of slavery mean complete equality for African Americans.
How is the city different from the southern plantation from which you escaped. In this activity, students will explore sites about the most famous conductor on the Underground Railroad, and record some of her most notable accomplishments. Ask students to imagine themselves living in that region of the country in In addition, Underground Railroad historian Giles Wright has published a pamphlet debunking the quilt code.
What do you do. Write a Secret Letter In this activity, students will learn about some common words and phrases used on the Underground Railroad. Then students will complete the coded letter using some of the secret language of the Underground Railroad. A friend has just told you he is planning an escape the following night.
Several rural villages made up mostly of ex-slaves were established in Kent and Essex counties. What Would You Have Done. Were slaves free once they got off the plantation.
Have students select the images or quotes that they feel are most powerful, then use them to create their own portrayal of American slavery. You are against slavery, and fear that slave hunters will be out in force to catch and return the runaways. Appleby, a celebrated mariner, facilitated the conveyance of several fugitive slaves from various Lake Erie ports to Fort Malden.
The quilts were placed one at a time on a fence as a means of nonverbal communication to alert escaping slaves. Describe what freedom means to you. It was known as a "railroad" by way of the use of rail terminology in the code. Explore the Scene Have students find the clickable objects and person to learn about the work of abolitionists, and the few who helped fugitives.
Legal and political[ edit ] When frictions between North and South culminated in the Civil Warmany blacks, slave and free, fought for the Union Army. Tell students that while they learn about this hero, they will be focusing on a sequence of important events in her life.
Rumors are swirling that fugitives from Kentucky will be crossing this evening. Slavery in Upper Canada now Ontario was outlawed in ; inJohn Robinsonthe Attorney General of Upper Canada, declared that by residing in Canada, black residents were set free, and that Canadian courts would  protect their freedom.
Scholars tend to believe that while the slave songs may certainly have expressed hope for deliverance from the sorrows of this world, these songs did not present literal help for runaway slaves. Encourage them to answer some or all of the questions before moving on to the next stop.
Instruct students to think about the relevancy of this topic to their lives and keep their thoughts to themselves.
Instruct students to imagine how they would act and what they would believe if they lived back then. Read aloud Who Was Harriet Tubman. Map to record and analyze important information about the two regions in one place.
The Underground Railroad was a network of secret routes and safe houses established in the United States during the early to midth century, and used by African-American slaves to escape into free states and Canada with the aid of abolitionists and allies who were sympathetic to their cause.
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Nov 17, · Ask students if they have ever heard about a woman named Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad. Inform students that they will be listening for the most important events in Harriet Tubman’s life and writing those down as their notes.
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In this activity, students will learn about some common words and phrases used on the Underground Railroad. They'll also learn how some people used a "secret code" to keep their work hidden. Then students will complete the coded letter using some of the secret language of the Underground Railroad.Underground railroad writing activity for second