Slavery in America

By: Sam Chilcote

Slavery in America

Slaves were usual African Americans they were shipped over to America on ships. There was slavery in America because others didn't want to do the work. So they bought and sold slaves daily, they were treated badly, the men stayed outside to pick crops and the women stayed inside to clean and cook.

The Underground Railroad

The Underground Railroad was a network of secret routes and safe houses used by 19th-century black slaves in the United States to escape to free states and Canada. There was a woman named Harriet Tubman is perhaps the most well-known of all the Underground Railroad's "conductors." During a ten-year span she made 19 trips into the South and escorted over 300 slaves to freedom. And, as she once proudly pointed out to Frederick Douglass, in all of her journeys she "never lost a single passenger."

Music of the Slaves

Slaves were forbidden to read and write, they had to communicate their feelings in ways that would not be obvious to their masters. One way was through song. The songs they listed to were mostly singing about freedom and escaping the plantation. The songs were almost like a map telling them to follow the drinking gourd.

Important People from Slavery