Underground Railroad Impact

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The Impact of The Underground Railroad Imagine waking up at 4am every morning and not being able to close your eyes until midnight. You must get up, get loaded on a truck, and work all day. It doesn’t matter if you are 10 years old or 60 years old. There are jobs for everyone. The food you get makes you wanna throw up, but you eat it anyway because if you don’t, you will die. The beds, if you get one, are made of hard poles and a sheet. This is the life of a slave back in the 1800’s unless someone very important helped you escape with a secret passageway known as the Underground Railroad. This no longer happens in America because of some very special people who fought for their rights. But in other countries, this is not the case. Born in …show more content…
She was determined to help others escape and once she saved enough she headed back to help her friends and family. Over the course of 19 trips and many years, Harriet saved about 300 slaves. She risked her life every time she went back to the south and had a huge reward out for her arrest but this didn’t stop her. Although Harriet was a vital part in this process, this couldn’t have been done without other whites and free blacks that helped hide the slaves along the way and this became known as the underground railroad. The underground railroad was named after being secretive and the recent railroad boom. They used certain train terms like stations referring to the homes and businesses that the slaves would eat and rest at during the day. They called the person who transported the slaves a “conductor” like Harriet Tubman. Many other people including John Fairfield who was the son of a slaveholder, Levi Coffin, and Frederick Douglass all helped make this a success in leading over 100,000 slaves north between 1810 and …show more content…
it is still a major problem for the rest of the world. About 35.8 million people are enslaved in today’s society and there’s few things being done about it. India leads these statistics by having just over 14 million people living in modern slavery. Pakistan and Russia follow India and have very high numbers also. Although this type of slavery may not be as harsh as traditional slavery it is still a huge problem and needs to be fixed. We need more people like Tubman to step up and try to make a difference despite the consequences. If everyone helped just a little bit it would make an

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