The Underground Railroad

Chloe Moino 7th

How To Escape

All escapees would want to head toward Canada, where black men are free. Canada is North of any place that the slaves were in the US, so any escapee would look for the North Star and head toward its direction.

Of course, any escapee would have to make its journey during nighttime. All action would take place at night, therefore resting and hiding would take place during daytime. As you begin your journey, make sure you escape from all overseers first and run through rivers and streams to cover your scent from guard dogs. All slaves who are caught escaping will go through floggings and even the death penalty.

A big river will soon be your last obstacle--when you get across it, you will finally be in Ohio, the border between the North and the South.

Abolitionists, such as Harriet Tubman, played a big role in the Underground Railroad. She helped thousands of slaves escape to safety after escaping slavery herself. She went on over 13 missions to rescue over 70 slaves. Harriet Tubman traveled by night while helping slaves escape, and was unknown by slaveholders. Tubman worked as a Union Spy during the Civil War as well, which lead to her guiding the Combahee River Raid. This liberated more than 700 slaves in South Carolina.

The Underground Railroad: A Journey to Freedom