Saturday, February 12, 2011

Where in the world.....

Watch the following video and research the location and history of The Underground Railroad in Canada.


aDA said...

Not many people knew where the underground railroad was. Only certain slaves that would help the other slaves out and the slaves who traveled across it knew where it was. It helped many slaves cross to freedom.
The traveling conditions were not the best because, if any one were to follow the slaves, which was often the case, the routes were off so as to throw off persuers.
Ususaly the slaves traveled by foot or on wagon.

3DS Updaters said...

Harriet Tubman was a worker on the Underground Railroad. Tubman made 13 trips to the South, helping to free over 70 people.

The Underground Railroad was a long underground route to get black slaves to Canada where they would be free men and women.

No actual trains existed on the Underground Railroad, but guides were called conductors and the hiding places that they used, depots or stations. Runaways escaped to the North along a loosely connected series of routes that stretched through the southern border states.

People trying to get to Canada had to get there secretly and unoticed by hiding and being sneaky. For example, in the video the black man was inside a box in order to get to Canada and be free.

Guided north by the stars and sometimes singing traditional songs like "Follow the Drinking Gourd," most runaways traveled at night on foot and took advantage of the natural protections offered by swamps, bayous, forests, and waterways.

taylor said...


-In the 1840 to 1860s thousands of slaves came to canada

-there was a large amount of secret paths and hiding places these were called the canadian underground railroads.

-Traveling conditions were not good they did not have transportation and ofen had to walk there long journeys on foot.

-100,000 slaves escaped through the canadian underground railroad by 1850

-Most of the slaves were black and once escaped throug the boarder line were free.

Anonymous said...

The underground railroad was an operation used to free slaves. The operation was from Canada to Mexico to overseas in Europe. There were a lot of jobs to do on the railroad as well. People who helped slaves find the railroad were "agents", Guides were known as "conductors", Hiding places were "stations", Abolitionists would fix the "tracks" , Stationmasters" hid slaves in their homes Escaped slaves were referred to as "passengers" or "cargo", Slaves would obtain a "ticket.", Financial benefactors of the Railroad were known as "stockholders"

Anonymous said...

W.I.T.W continued
The underground railroad must have been very hard to maintain the underground railroad so I'm impressed by Harriet Tubman and her accomplishments on the railroad and I'm also impressed by the people who kept this secret from the government for so long.

Hannah said...

Harriet Tubman made over 13 trips to the South, helping to free over 70 people from slavery using the underground railroad. Fewer than 1,000 slaves were saved each year using the underground railroad. People who worked at the railroad knew only what thier job was, not the whole scheme, in order to remain the railroad secret. The underground railroad appeared in newspapers, which was not good, because the people were now chasing them. Despite this, most of the slaves were able to escape to a free country.

Ingrid said...

The Underground railroad was a network of people that helped slaves escape from slavery and lead them to safety. Harriet Tubman was a big part of this. According to one estimate, 100000 slaves were freed from the south in between 1810 and 1850. This organization was said to have began near the end of the 18th century. The homes and businesses where slaves would rest and eat were called stations or depots and were run by stationmasters, those who contributed money or goods were called stockholders, and the conductor(like Harriet Tubman) was responsible for moving slaves from one station to the next. Once the slave escaped from the slaveholders(or once the conductor sneaked them away from the slaveholder) the slave would have to travel to the nearest station and eat and rest. While they waited, a message would be sent to the next station to alert its stationmaster. They could also travel by train or boat and get new clothes, for tattered clothes could attract attention. Levi Coffin, who assisted more than 3,000 slaves, and Harriet Tubman, who made 19 trips into the South and escorted over 300 slaves to freedom.

Mich@el H@rri$ said...

the underground railroad was a large passage wich black slaves used to get to canada and they could be free and start a new life

-created in the early 19th century
-by 1850 approx. one hundred thousand slaves have succesfully made it thruogh to Canada and to their freedom
-their were no trains in the railroad
-to reduce the chances of the railroad being found the slaves only knew their part of the operation but not the whole scheme

Anonymous said...


Bluebell said...

"The Underground Railroad" wasn't really underground, it was really a secret organization of blacks and whites who wanted to help black slaves escape the South (America) where they were being kept and to get them to the North (Canada) safly. Passages in slave houses would allow the slaves to secretly escape through them to get through to the outside or to another secret passage to escape on a special route through a forest or other slave homes.

The railroad was so sucsesfull that an estimated 100,000 slaves sucsessfully escaped from the South between 1810 and 1850. The underground railroad also had a few people helping out to transport the slaves from captivity to freedom in Canada such as: John Fairfield in Ohio, the son of a slaveholding family, who made many daring rescues, Levi Coffin, who assisted more than 3,000 slaves, and Harriet Tubman, who made 19 trips into the South and escorted over 300 slaves to freedom.

Unknown said...

The Underground Railroad was set up so that Black Slaves could escape slavery. It was started in the early 19th century and the most slaves escaped between 1850 and 1860 (30,000). Because the people were scared of being infiltrated the people of the Underground Railroad knew only their part and their part alone. The escaping slaves usually travelled by foot or wagon, they sometimes used actually railroads. There are a lot of locations of the Underground Railroad so I’ll tell you how many were in each state on the U.S. There was 1 in Kansas, 4 in Iowa, 1 in Wisconsin, 3 in Illinois, 2 in Michigan, 3 in Indiana, 13 in Ohio, 6 in Pennsylvania, 6 in New York, 1 in Vermont, 1 in Maine, 9 in Massachusetts, 1 in Connecticut, 4 in New Jersey, 2 in Delaware, 2 in the District of Columbia, 1 in Maryland, 1 in Virginia, 2 in West Virginia, 2 in Florida and 1 in Colorado. So that means that there were 67 stations. One estimation of the salves that had escaped slavery is over 100,000. A lot of salves escaped using the Underground Railroad and it was executed very well.

http://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/underground/states.htm - used on 2011/02/15
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Underground_Railroad - used on 2011/02/15

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Anonymous said...


Underground Railroad

The Underground Railroad was an important part of African American and Canadian history. It was an association of people both free and enslaved who fought for the abolition of slavery. The word ‘underground’ refers to the fact that it was as underground resistance. The word ‘railroad’ refers to the fact that it was a route taken by thousands of slaves wanting to escape to Canada and northern states in the US.

Along the Underground Railroad there were resting spots called depots or stations at which the runaway slaves could eat and sleep. There were also people called stockholders who assisted the fugitives by passing out money or supplies. The runaways were transferred from each station by conductors.

Even though the fugitives sometimes traveled on real railroads, majority of the transportation was by foot or wagon. Most people escaped alone or in small groups but rarely was there large escapes.

More than 100,000 slaves escaped slavery using the Underground Railroad. The largest group settled in Upper Canada now known as Southern Ontario. This is where several African Canadian communities started developing. The Underground Railroad played a very important role in history because it brought people together, it helped the slaves fight for their cause, liberty and freedom and escape brutality and oppression.