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underground railroad

1. capitalized An organized network of secret workers, routes, and safe houses used to ferry escaped African-American slaves to free states or present-day Canada. A former slave herself, Harriet Tubman was an instrumental figure in the Underground Railroad, saving roughly 70 people from slavery over the course of 13 rescue missions.
2. By extension, any network of people working together secretly to help fugitives escape to places of safety and freedom. The human rights organization has begun operating an underground railroad in the third-world country to help human trafficking victims escape from bondage. A former slave herself, Harriet Tubman was an instrumental figure in the Underground Railroad

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 his services as the city's resident "expert" on the Underground Railroad, Cottrell received a salary and benefit package that cost city taxpayers $118,904 a year.
While the book centers on biographical material on 600 people and families who were part of the Underground Railroad, it also overviews events and offers context.
Follow along as this awesome trio encounter some of history's best known heroes of the Underground Railroad.
This task first requires finding reliable narratives that connect Underground Railroad activities to Niagara Falls, then connecting those activities to specific sites within the present city.
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center has become a starting point for research on modern-day slavery.
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"When Thunder Rolls: The Underground Railroad and the Civil War" is a tale of the Underground Railroad, a line of people that slaves knew to run to for aid and assistance in trying to flee northward for the most basic of freedoms that so many Americans hold dear.
Ellen Levine and Kadir Nelson's HENRY'S FREEDOM BOX: A TRUE STORY FROM THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD (043977733X, $16.99) tells of a young slave who doesn't know how birthday or age, and who dreams of freedom even as his family is sold.
RENSSELAER -- Trent Graham of Black Dimensions In Art, Inc., who conducted a workshop session on the life of Edmonia Lewis at a recent conference on the underground railroad movement, addressed the March 7th meeting of the Rensselaer City Council on the same subject.
Its flagship program teaches about monumental events in African American history, such as the Underground Railroad and the civil rights movement.
A four-page index links Maine women to the Underground Railroad, Shakers, Penobscot Indians, suffrage, and the Audubon Society.
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