YOU ARE A SLAVE Slave-a person who is the property of and wholly subject to another; a bond servant.
LIFE AS A SLAVE HardWork = Backbreaking work, sunrise to sunset
YOUR DUTY To work in large fields called plantations, picking cotton, tobacco and other cash crops.
YOUR WAGES? Nothing… You are the “property” of your owner.
LIVING CONDITIONS cramped Your bed is an old hay mattress on the floor.
YOUR FAMILY Can be sold or auctioned at any time. Husbands from wives, mothers from children.
WHAT DO YOU DO???
Runaway… Flee… Escape…
WHAT’S AT RISK? Severe Punishment Death Beating
DO YOU TAKE IT? STAY? RISK?
FREEDOMIS YOUR ANSWER
WHERE DO YOU GO? Canada North
HOW WILL YOU GET THERE?
WHAT’S THAT? System of routes Organized network of people Housed runaway Slaves
HOW DOES IT WORK? The underground railroad has people known as conductors who help guide slaves to safety. Stations are places where escaped slaves are provided with food, shelter and money.
HAVE YOU HEARD WHISPERSOF THE MOST FAMOUS CONDUCTOR?
WHO IS SHE? Harriet Tubman Known as the “MOSES” of her people
WHAT DID SHE DO? Made 19 secret trips to the South Guided more than 300 slaves to freedom Never lost a passenger
SAFETY TIPS FROM TUBMAN!!! Travel by night Use the North Star for guidance Stay on route Stop only at stations
NOW IT’STIMETO BEGINYOURJOURNEY!!!
QUESTIONS TO PONDER Why did slaves runaway? How did they escape? How and when did they travel? Where did runaway slaves want to escape to? Describe some of the routes they used. Who were the people that helped them, and why?