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The Underground Railroad

By Cave, Karen Carroll (NHC Education Digital Projects Coordinator, 2016–18)

Political, economic, social, and moral issues molded the antebellum fugitive slave crisis in the US and in turn the Underground Railroad (UGRR). A metaphor for an interracial collaboration — at times formal, informal, visible, and invisible — the Underground Railroad helped direct thousands of fugitives toward freedom in the face of such ever-present challenges as poor communications and the threats of kidnapping, betrayal, and recapture.

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History / Education Studies / Underground Railroad / Correspondence / Abolitionism / Slavery / African American History / Fugitives from Slavery / Primary Sources /