Essay on The Underground Railroad By Harriet Tubman

1657 Words May 25th, 2016 7 Pages
In the 19th century, before the Civil War, slavery was extremely prominent in the Southeast. Slaves were treated poorly, so many wanted to run away. However, if slaves were caught running away, they were severely punished. Even though there were high risks, many still tried to run away and many others attempted to help them. To do this, people who helped women, men, and children escape slavery created a secret network called the Underground Railroad. Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, Thomas Garrett, William Still, Samuel Burris, and many others are more famously known and acknowledged as the “conductors” of the Underground Railroad. They helped fugitives escape to the North and provided food, transportation, directions, and hiding places, and consequently, many people escaped with the assistance of the Underground Railroad. The Underground Railroad was a crucial part of ending slavery and everyone should learn about its successes.

The Underground Railroad was a system for freeing slaves that was used early in the time period of the Civil War. This “railroad” was not an actual railroad in the way that we would think of today. There were no trains bringing slaves into the free lands in the North, but instead, there were guides, called conductors, who would lead the slaves that were willing to try to run away, to freedom. It did not take place underground either. The underground part of the name refers to the time at which the escape would take place. This would take place…

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