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underground railroad

A secret network for moving and housing fugitives, as in There's definitely an underground railroad helping women escape abusive husbands. This term, dating from the first half of the 1800s, alludes to the network that secretly transported runaway slaves through the northern states to Canada. It was revived more than a century later for similar escape routes.
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For its new disciples, the Underground Railroad serves as a model of multiculturalism, a beau ideal that says less about the past than about the present and future.
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center has positively impacted millions of people in the past eight years of operation, by revealing stories about freedom's heroes, from the era of the Underground Railroad to contemporary times, and inspiring people to take courageous steps for freedom today.
Estimates suggest that more than 100,000 enslaved people left the South through the Underground Railroad.
We know from a number of narratives published by the Philadelphia abolitionist and Underground Railroad organizer, William Still, that Niagara Falls was both an Underground Railroad crossing point into Canada, and a place in which refugees, and those who assisted them, regularly stayed.
Content is about the Underground Railroad, and the center is the jumping-off point," she says.
While married to her first husband, she escaped on the Underground Railroad.
The author's Front Line of Freedom is the third book in as many years devoted to the Underground Railroad as it existed in the Ohio River Valley.
Nonetheless, Black Then is an extremely valuable contribution to the ever-growing list of resources on black Canadian history, particularly because it provides historically relevant glimpses into complexity of black life beyond the Underground Railroad.
Glenna Livingston is the descendant of slaves and her great-great grandfather used the Underground Railroad to escape slavery in Maryland.
If I can't have one, then I'd rather have the other," these heroic individuals--and countless others who may never be known--played an integral role in orchestrating the Underground Railroad, a loose string of routes, safe houses and secret hideaways that unraveled one of the worst forms of bondage the world has ever known.
In Canada, churches served as headquarters for the Underground Railroad, the network that led slaves from the United States to freedom.
As a link in the Underground Railroad, he once led a group of 10 slaves to freedom in Canada, a journey that took three months and covered more than a thousand snow-covered miles.
And the novel's underground is no underground railroad to freedom; rather, it is a striking metaphor of the subconscious compulsions which also shape and usually destroy the lives of most of the main characters.
Participants explored art, literature/folklore, historical sites and archives, physical environments, architecture, economics, politics, and cultures associated with the Underground Railroad and Indiana.
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