The Underground Railroad and the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850

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Escaping Enslaved people attempting to escape didn't need a ticket to ride on the Underground Railroad. Here is a packet of primary sources that reveal the kind of courage and determination they did need to face the challenges to gain their freedom. Maps, excerpts from publications, images, and broadsides provide young historians with insight into the experiences of fugitive enslaved people.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Divide the class into groups, assign each a different primary source to research, and report on to the entire class
Classroom Considerations
  • If groups have access to computers with internet, load the images on these devices to save copying costs
  • The teaching guide includes an overview with background information, discussion questions, and activities for various grade levels
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