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Underground Railroad

How did the underground railroad get around to the slaves?


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July 27, 2017 10:27PM

The underground railroad wasn't really a "railroad". It had a deeper meaning. The "underground railroad" was the hope that slaves may one day escape and the actions of those who helped slaves escape into freedom. People from the southern states that sympathized with the slaves helped them escape moving north. Slaves were not safe even in states that outlawed slavery because of the Fugitive Slave Act. They had to continue to Canada.