Mr. K’s Class continuing Underground Railroad Film Script

The underground railroad started at the end of the 18th century. In 1786 George Washington complained about how one of his runaway slaves was helped by a “society of Quakers, To run away

The system grew, and around 1831 it was dubbed “The Underground Railroad,” At this time  Railroads were just starting out. The Job of railroad is to transport people from one place to another. The job of the Underground railroad was to transport runaway slaves from the South to the North and Freedom.

The underground railroad used the same terms as they did for a railroad.  the homes and businesses where fugitives slave would rest and hide  were called “stations” and “depots”. The people who lived in these in these houses were called  “stationmasters,” , The people who gave or  contributed money or goods were “stockholders,” and the “conductor” was responsible for moving fugitives slave from one station to the next.

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