Discovering the Underground Railroad

PastedGraphic-2Slavery  And the Importance of the  Underground Railroad

To be slave. To be owned by another person  as a car, house or table is owned. To live as a piece of property that could be sold — a child from it’s mother, a wife from her husband.

Justin Lester – To be a Slave.

The common thread binding all enslaved people was the fact that the had no legal rights. slaves were considered property  which could be bought and sold at anytime.

Slaves could not own property.

By law it was illegal to  teach a slave to read and write.

Slaves could not marry.

Slaves had no rights over their children. (their children could be taken)

Slaves could not practice their own religion

Slaves could not come and go as they pleased.

As we know the Underground railroad was not actually a train operating along hidden railroad tracks. Instead it refers to an idea. The Underground Railroad refers to  the efforts of enslaved African Americans  to gain  their freedom through escape and flight- and the assistance of people who opposed slavery and willingly chose to help them escape– through the end of U. S. Civil War.

Enslaved African Americans chose to escape because they desired their freedom slave masters was nice or mean.  Wherever slavery existed, enslaved persons escaped.  Enslaved African American who chose to resist slavery by running away were called fugitive slaves, but can more accurately be called Freedom seekers.

2 responses

  1. michael

    freedom is when you get to be free and do stuff by your self. i am free it is important to me. i would not like to be a slave

    April 21, 2015 at 10:10 am

  2. angeia

    see my mom and play out side
    I went to my friend house AND i went back in side
    i want tot learn math

    September 10, 2015 at 1:09 pm

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