Slavery Escape: How To
You need to follow the steps of your forefathers who successfully made it North, so read what they did to escape here. By looking to the North Star at night and the birds migrating in the day the "darkies" used those signs as tools to direct themselves north. They knew Canada and the free states were North where they would be free of slavery. There would be safe houses that were located all along their route North these houses were owned by abolitionists and allies that were sympathetic to their cause. When slaves would run from their plantation they'd run out of fear knowing that if they were caught they were sure to be killed, so they wouldn't stop for days at a time. They were afraid, but were more afraid of the floggings given to them by overseers and that kept them running since they knew the beatings would be over. When they heard dogs coming they would get into a lake or stream to get the dogs off their scent. So, as a a runaway slave if you follow in the footsteps of the people who went North above and used lakes and stream to get their scent off you will be successful and find freedom.
These lyrics are the lyrics to songs that runaway slaves would sing to pass the time and help direct their paths to the North.
Araminta Harriet Ross
This woman led many people to freedom after she escaped and found freedom of her own.
This flyer shows the high reward for missing slaves who had runaway. People would pay lots to get their slaves back after the had began running away.