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Underground Railroad

During the years prior to the Civil War, tens of thousands of African-American slaves won their freedom by heading north along the Underground Railroad. In this BrainPOP movie, Tim and Moby will tell you all about the treacherous journey they took. You’ll learn the origin of the term “underground railroad” (no, it didn’t really run underground), and find out why people called abolitionists risked jail time to help slaves escape. You’ll learn about Harriet Tubman, the most famous “conductor” in the history of the railroad, and how something called the Fugitive Slave Law inflamed public opinion against slavery. It’s a fascinating topic, so click on this movie and learn all about it!

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What was the Underground Railroad?

Can you tell me about some of the people involved with the Underground Railroad?

Did slave owners know about the Underground Railroad?