America in Class Lessons

The Underground Railroad

Author: 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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Subjects: History; Education Studies; Underground Railroad; Correspondence; Abolitionism; Slavery; African American History; Fugitives from Slavery; Primary Sources