Fleeing to Freedom on the Underground Railroad

Fleeing to Freedom on the Underground Railroad

The Courageous Slaves, Agents, and Conductors

Book - 2006
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In 1800 more than 890,000 African Americans lived in slavery. During the following decades, Northern states began to do away with slavery. But Southern states clung fiercely to the system, as it provided cheap labor for the South's vast plantations. the slave population in the South eventually swelled into the millions. Considered their masters' property, Southern slaves could be beaten, starved, and separated forever from their families. They had no legal rights and no way to fight back. Faced with a life of violence and despair, many took a dangerous risk. They escaped. Headed for the North and freedom, the fugitive slaves found help along the way from free African Americans and white abolitionists. This aid grew into a secret network known as the Underground Railroad. Fleeing to Freedom uses letters, newspaper articles, biographies, and autobiographies to tell the Underground Railroad's stories of pain and courage.
Publisher: Minneapolis, Minn. : Twenty-First Century Books, c2006.
ISBN: 9780822534907
0822534908
Branch Call Number: 973.7115
Characteristics: 88 p. : ill., map ; 23 cm.

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