Underground Railroad

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Underground Railroad

a. A series of escape routes and hiding places that fugitive slaves used to escape the South before and during the Civil War.
b. A secret cooperative network of people who helped and hid such fugitive slaves.
2. underground railroad A secret cooperative network engaged in the clandestine movement and housing of fugitives, such as children removed illegally from the custody of a parent charged with child abuse.

underground railroad

(Historical Terms) (often capitals) (in the pre-Civil War US) the system established by abolitionists to aid escaping slaves

un′derground rail′road

(often caps.) (before the abolition of slavery in the U.S.) a system for helping fugitive slaves escape into Canada and other places of safety.

Underground Railroad

An escape route for southern slaves to Canada frequently opposed by white workers fearful for their own jobs.
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Noun1.Underground Railroad - secret aid to escaping slaves that was provided by abolitionists in the years before the American Civil WarUnderground Railroad - secret aid to escaping slaves that was provided by abolitionists in the years before the American Civil War
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Located on the banks of the Ohio River, Ripley was a hotbed of activity for the Underground Railroad. As a conductor on the Underground Railroad, Parker took an active role in removing an estimated 1,000 slaves from bondage.
The natural setting and history of the cottage as a stop on the Underground Railroad inspired some of my poems and journal writings.
Humez addresses the 10 or 11 successful trips--the first in 1850--that Tubman made to the South to liberate her enslaved counterparts; her relationships with prominent white and black abolitionists, including Frederick Douglass, Wendell Phillips, Franklin Sanborn, Gerrit Smith, Thomas Garrett, Henry Fowler, Lucretia Mott, John Brown, Sarah Hopkins Bradford, and members of both the Underground Railroad community in western New York State and the Pennsylvania Anti-Slavery Society; and her role in the bourgeoning anti-slavery speaking circuit.
In the following, the "Underground Railroad" will be understood as having been one significant fluid aspect of the hemisphere-wide antebellum processes of marronage in an effort to take steps in the direction of bringing a relevant analytical framework to bear on the UGRR and the roles of maroons in US history.
Perhaps some will be inspired to do new research, for it is in the pesky details in primary sources that We will discover and understand the long obscured history of African-American familial and community life, the Underground Railroad, and the many women, both famous and unknown, who remain at its core.
The Coffins were legendary in helping runaway slaves escape to freedom in the North, and Levi is often referred to as the "President" of the Underground Railroad.
Anna Douglass remains symbolic of the countless men and women, black and white, whose contributions to the abolitionist movement and the Underground Railroad have largely gone unrecorded.
"For all Americans in search of a shared past, it proves that brutal systems and laws can be overturned from within," former National Park Service Director Robert Stanton wrote in the agency's Underground Railroad handbook.
It will utilize the latest multimedia technology to trace the history of the Underground Railroad and strive to cultivate a new sense of the precious gift of liberty and how to expand and protect it.
From the slave ships to the plantations to the lynchings to the Underground Railroad to the jazz and blues clubs; the voyage is an extraordinary one.
After the dancers do these twelve programs, they will be prepared to address the so-called classical and the so-called modern pieces." For now, Twyla Tharp Dance will be performing year-round at the church, which was once a stop on the Underground Railroad, a network of safe houses that helped African Americans escape slavery.
Nevertheless, some people in Baltimore are up in arms over muralist Michael Alewitz's plans to depict Underground Railroad conductor Harriet "Moses" Tubman parting a swirling Red Sea with a rifle.

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