Slavery in America

By: Sofia Sanders

Where slaves came from.

The slaves got here by following a triangular route between Africa, The Caribbean, North America, and Europe. Slave traders from Portugal, Holland, and England delivered Africans.


What its was like for most slave families

They had painful treatment from hands or slaveholders. However mostly threatened black families. Some slaves were lucky enough to chose their own partners, live in a house, able to raise children, and protect each other.


What is the "Underground Railroad."

The Underground Railroad was a tunnel that helped slaves escape and reach freedoms in the Northern States. It effectively mover hundreds of slaves northward each year. To estimate the South lost 100,000 slaves between 1810 and 1850.

Music slaves listened to

They mostly listened to music that expressed their religious beliefs. The purpose of some of the slaves songs provided a outlet for expression and also comforted them.


Harriet Tubman

Harriet was someone that was able to stand up for what she believed in. She was a African-American humanitarian, and a Union spy during the American Civil War. She was important because she helped slaves escape. When she was around the age of 7 she was a slave, she once tried to escape but got caught.


Slavery is still legal

Slavery is still experienced in countries such as Sudan, Niger, The United Arab Emirates and Pakistan. It is practiced in the form of human trafficking, forced labour and child labour.


Follow the Drinking Gourd Lyrics

Follow the drinking gourd!
Follow the drinking gourd.
For the old man is a–waiting for to carry you to freedom
If you follow the drinking gourd.

When the sun comes back and the first quail calls,
Follow the drinking gourd.
For the old man is a–waiting for to carry you to freedom
If you follow the drinking gourd.

The riverbank makes a very good road,
The dead trees will show you the way.
Left foot, peg foot, traveling on,
Follow the drinking gourd.

The river ends between two hills,
Follow the drinking gourd.
There's another river on the other side,
Follow the drinking gourd.

When the great big river meets the little river,
Follow the drinking gourd.
For the old man is a–waiting for to carry you to freedom
If you follow the drinking gourd.




Follow the Drinking Gourd Meaning

the meaning to this song was to help escape and also talked about codes of the Underground Railroad.


Follow the Drinking Gourd