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The Underground Railroad was a chance for freedom for the enslaved. It was a long route of secret tunnels and safe-houses that ended in Canada. The hope of having freedom made it all worth the risky travel. This movement brought in abolitions from all over to stand up for something they believed in, which would eventually start something that would change the future.
The Underground Railroad was started in the late 1700s, it was started by the Quakers, who were one the of first groups for slave abolitions. A Quaker named, Levi Coffin and his wife are thought to have helped over 3,000 slaves by having their home as a station along the path of the Underground Railroad.  (britannica.com)   A station was a safe house for the slaves, or passengers, as they traveled, it provided them food and safety for  the night. It was a very risky job to be the owner of a safe house because it was illegal to help a slave. A conductor, which is someone who accompanied the slaves during their travel, could have many years in jail or even be put to death just from saving slaves from the hell they were living. One of the most known conductors is Harriet Tubman.  Harriet Tubman was a former slave herself, she risked her life for eight years so that she could help others. She once said, “I have heard their groans and sighs, and seen their tears, and I would give every drop of blood in my veins to free them,” this quote shows her passion and drive to fight for the freedom of the slaves. (harriet-tubman.org) Harriet Tubman went on nineteen rescue missions and she is believed to have led 300 slaves into their freedom without ever losing a passenger. (pbs.org) Another famous conductor of the Underground Railroad was William Still, he saved records of the slaves he helped. Still wrote a book after the Civil War about the Underground Railroad that is now once of the most important historical records. (freedomcenter.org)  Lastly, Henry “Box”Brown, he was known to be a symbol of the Underground Railroad. (pbs.org) His escape from slavery was a dangerous way, he got into a box and travel into freedom. The reason he was a symbol was because of his courage and creativity that was brought to him by God. (biography.com) There were many others who contributed to the Underground, not just conductors, but also supports that helped the movement stay going.
Although the Underground Railroad helped a lot of slaves there was not anything but the thought of freedom when they reached Canada. Slaves had to start their life over with nothing. It did not necessarily improve their life because they had nothing and no money to replace their belongings that they had left behind. (humanrights.ca) “I had crossed the line. I was free; but there was no one to welcome me to the land of freedom. I was a stranger in a strange land,” a quote by Harriet Tubman. (harriet-tubman.org)

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