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It Happened on the Underground Railroad: Remarkable Events that Shaped History (It Happened in America)

It Happened on the Underground Railroad: Remarkable Events that Shaped History (It Happened in America)

Language: English

Pages: 200

ISBN: 1493015745

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


From a riverboat worker who dressed as a woman to the abolitionist who died for his beliefs, It Happened on the Underground Railroad offers a gripping look at heroic individuals who became a part of the famous “road” to freedom. Read about Peter Still, a former slave who came to the Philadelphia Antislavery Society in search of his family, only to discover that the man sitting in front of him was his brother. Meet the individuals who may have inspired characters in the novels Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Beloved. Learn about the bakery where Frederick Douglass was first helped to freedom. And experience the heart-pounding fear of a man who mailed himself north.

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in whippings, yet he was often the recipient of countless cruel floggings himself. In 1852 an antislavery Canadian carpenter named Samuel Bass came to work on Epps’s plantation. A desperate Solomon debated risking his life in seeking Bass’s empathy. Previous mistrusted attempts had nearly gotten him killed. Northup approached Bass and explained his plight, which ultimately set the wheels in motion for his release from bondage. Bass carried a letter written by Solomon on August 15 as well as

and then once again was hidden in a barn loft. The plan was to forward him to Peoria, Illinois, but word had it that slave hunters and their bloodhounds were scouring the area, looking for runaways. To avoid capture, Barney’s conductor backtracked. While this seemed counterproductive, Barney realized that he had no other choice but to trust those who were helping him. Barney was given falsified papers stating his owner in Alabama had given him manumission and he was free. Barney boarded a boat

at all costs that he had a photo taken of her exiting the trunk and was said to have kept the sailor’s chest as a reminder of her valiant efforts. He later said of her that she had “won for herself a strong claim to a high place among the heroic women of the nineteenth century.” REMEMBER ME William Still’s Discovery 1850 When the door to William Still’s office on North Fifth Street opened on August 1, 1850, it revealed a tall, middle-aged man named Peter Friedman. He had traveled hundreds of

straight days and nights. Concklin’s first concern was to throw off any slave catchers who might be on their trail. Once they left the river, he found clothes more typical of local free blacks than the recognized garments common to slaves. The weary band of fugitives began traveling on public roads to Princeton and Vincennes, Indiana. Over a five-day period, they stayed with various agents of the Underground Railroad prearranged by Concklin. On Friday, March 28, while walking along the road,

American presidents owned slaves, and eight of them owned slaves while serving as president. The transatlantic slave trade was abolished in 1808 when the United States made importing slaves from Africa a federal crime, but smuggling continued until the Civil War. Slave families were divided when the master of a plantation died and his estate (including his slave property) was divided up among his heirs. Slaves were used to obtain credit and pay off debts. The Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 allowed

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