IT STARTED WITH ...It all started with the desire to get away from the Plantations. corbisimages.com
IT STARTED WITH ... Slaves were treated unfairly by their masters, and most of them lived harshlives. It was only natural that they wouldwant to get away from a way of life were they could be sold away from their families like livestock.
IT STARTED WITH ...There was a way out of all of this though. A slave could run away from his or herplantation, to the North.... To Freedom.
ESCAPE ....Trying to escape could be punished in a multitude of ways, some of whichincluded the escapee dying. Still, slaves risked their lives for their freedom.
ESCAPE ...While in the fields, slaves would sing to each other in coded messages. These messages could contain anything from the day that they were leaving, to howthey were going to escape. Their masters suspected nothing.
ESCAPE ... A few slaves tried to escape using their own means, but many more decided to seek outhelp. The help that they were looking for came from the Underground Railroad.
UNDERGROUND RR ...The Underground Railroad was not a railroad at all, nor was itunderground. It was made up of a network of people who were spread out sometimes miles away from each other. Thesepeople had “safe houses”, which were places that escaped slavescould seek refuge during the day when they were not traveling, and they would be protected from Slave Hunters.
FREE AT LAST! After weeks and months of running and hiding, many slaves now found themselves in the North. For a while, “North” consisted of the Free States,but soon “North” would be considered Canada and beyond.
FREE AT LAST! Once a slave was free, he or she could live their life much like any other citizen. There was still a separation between freed African American slaves, and White citizens, but that’s getting ahead of slavery.