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History: from Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad

History: from Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad
Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad (p. 756)

In the period before and during the Civil War, many Southern slaves fled north to freedom using a secret network of escape routes known as the Underground Railroad. The "conductors" on the Underground Railroad were brave men and women who provided the escaping slaves with food, hid them in secret tunnels and false cupboards, and guided the runaways to the next "station." One of the most famous of these conductors was Harriet Tubman. To learn more about Tubman and the Underground Railroad, explore the links below.

The Underground Railroad http://www.nationalgeographic.com/ features/ 99/ railroad/
Take a virtual journey on the Underground Railroad courtesy of this interactive site from National Geographic.

Aboard the Underground Railroad http://www.cr.nps.gov/ NR/ travel/ underground/ ugrrhome.htm
Learn more about the people who helped fugitive slaves gain their freedom.

The William Still Underground Railroad Foundation http://www.undergroundrr.com/
A site dedicated to William Still, the father of the Underground Railroad.

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center http://www.undergroundrailroad.org/
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is a national educational center in Cincinnati that commemorates the historic efforts of the Underground Railroad.