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Surname 1 NAME: COURSE TITLE: TUTOR: DATE: INTRODUCTION The underground railroads refer to the secret routes that were used by the African- Americans to run away to the Free states. It was referred to as Underground mainly because of its secretive nature, and the name “Railroad” came in since it was a form of transportation for people. Life was difficult for the slaves, and therefore they often escaped to look for freedom in other neighboring nations. The Underground Railroad had secret routes, safe houses, meeting points and personal assistance offered by the abolitionist sympathizers. Majority of the slaves run away at night so that they could hide from anyone who would turn them into their master. They therefore, slept in hiding during the day. It is worth noting that if the master knew that someone was in the run, he could go search for them or send the slave hunters to look for the person. Any information about the Underground Railroad was secretive and could only be passed from one person to another through word of mouth, (Blockson et al., 1987). The Underground Railroad worked from late 18th century to the civil war. Many slaves managed to escape through the Underground Railroad which would lead them to different stations which were located under the church floors, barns and in the hiding places in caves and hollowed-out riverbanks. The route was not straight: the slave hunters would not be in a position to follow the slaves. With assistance from the conductors who led them to the different stations, the slaves escaped. These conductors could be the slaves who managed to run away and wanted
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