Slavery in America

By, Kayelee Harrison

The Underground Railroad

The Underground Railroad was a network of secret routes and safe houses used by 19th-century slaves in the United States to escape to free states. Harriet Tubman was the conductor of the Railroad and helped the slaves get to the safe northern states. She helped over 300 slaves get to freedom and took 19 trips.


Africans were first brought over to America around the 1600's to work as slaves at farms or large areas of land. Most slaves helped harvest cotton on farms. Cotton was very important to America during that time because it was used during slave trade and was a basic raw material to the local industries and was favoritable for the soil. Slave family's had no rights and were sometimes sold away from each other. Slavery ended in the 1860's because of the Civil War.

Slave Music

Slave music usually had something to do with freedom, escaping, and memories of home. Slaves usually sing and make music to pass the time or it might be a code to escape from slavery. Their songs give them a hope for freedom.