Underground Railroad

Jade Mullins

What was the Underground Railroad?

The Underground Railroad was an organization that helped slaves escape from the South. Slaves were African Americans that were owned by farmers to help plant and grow crops. Many slaves were treated bad and separated from their families. The Underground Railroad began in 1787 and reached it's height between 1810 and 1850. There was over 100,000 slaves that escaped using the Underground Railroad. Some people in the South were against slavery and believed that it was wrong for one person to own another, but mainly people from the North were against it. The people that lived in the South that were against slavery would help the slaves make their way to the North were they would be safe and free. Harriet Tubman was an African American who came about the Underground Railroad. Most people thought of Harriet as the leader. Harriet made more than nineteen trips to rescue more than three hundred slaves. People in the South that believed it was wrong would open their house up to the African American slaves. They would give them food, water, clothes, and a place to rest while continuing their journey to the North. The slaves liked to travel of a night time so it was easier to get to their designation without being seen. If they got seen and captured they would be given back to their owner. Many slaves would walk ten to twenty miles to reach their temporary designation before moving on the the next place. Once the slaves got to the North, they were welcomed and free.

Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman is known world wide for helping slaves escape. She is the most famous conductor on the railroad. Harriet was born into slavery. She was born in 1820 and escaped to the North in 1849. Harriet made nineteen trips back to rescue her family members and some that were not apart of her family. She was a very brave women and went through a lot just to save others. Harriet rescued three hundred slaves and introduced them into freedom.

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Sweet Chariot

Swing low, sweet chariot, Comin' for to carry me home; Swing low, sweet chariot, Comin' for to carry me home.

I looked over Jordan, And what did I see, Comin' for to carry me home, A band of angels comin' after me, Comin' for to carry me home.

Swing low, sweet chariot, Comin' for to carry me home; Swing low. sweet chariot, Comin' for to carry me home.

If you get there before I do,
Comin' for to carry me home,
Tell all my friends I'm comin' too,
Comin' for to carry me home.