How Did Slaves Find a Route to Freedom?: And Other Questions about the Underground Railroad

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In the early 1800s, many black slaves in the southern states began to risk their lives to gain freedom in the North. They escaped from plantations with no money to buy food and no maps to help them find their way. They could travel only at night. If runaway slaves were caught, they could be beaten to death. Still, many slaves tried to flee. Slave catchers chased them, but the runaways seemed to disappear into thin air—or through a secret underground escape route. So how did slaves escape from their masters? Where...

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Overview

In the early 1800s, many black slaves in the southern states began to risk their lives to gain freedom in the North. They escaped from plantations with no money to buy food and no maps to help them find their way. They could travel only at night. If runaway slaves were caught, they could be beaten to death. Still, many slaves tried to flee. Slave catchers chased them, but the runaways seemed to disappear into thin air—or through a secret underground escape route. So how did slaves escape from their masters? Where did they hide? How did the slaves communicate with each other and the people who were helping them? Discover the facts about the brave men and women who formed the Underground Railroad. Learn how their secret work changed the lives of thousands of slaves.

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Laura Hamilton Waxman has written many nonfiction books for young readers.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 4

1 Determined to Be Free 6

2 The Early Years 14

3 Train to Freedom 20

4 The Fearless Harriet Tubman 26

5 The Busy Years 34

Primary Source: Reminisces of Levi Coffin 42

Tell Your Underground Railroad Story 43

Timeline 44

Source Notes 46

Selected Bibliography 46

Further Reading and Websites 47

Index 48

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