Alycia smith
Research FAQ
5-11-10

:Runaway slaves:
slavery was a harsh thing back in the days. it was so harsh that many slaves ran away, and if they got caught there were many consequences that they face. …......... most people don't know much/anything about slaves and why they runaway. This page is a list of frequently asked questions that people have about runaway slaves. This FAQ page is set up by asked 5 different questions and after each question is an answer based on research. I worked really hard on this paper so enjoy :)


what would happen if a slave was caught trying to runaway?

When a slave was caught they were mostly beaten if found or forced to work horrid jobs. after all that had happened many still had scares on there backs and I bet that they were taught a valuable lesson NOT TO RUN AWAY(“The Slave Years”)

what is the underground railroad?

I'm pretty sure that many of you have heard of the underground railroad but do you really know what it is? Besides the fact it is were slaves went. The underground railroad was a vast amount of people who helped slaves escape north. There were many that got away because of it. According to one estimates the south lost 100,000 slaves between 1810 and 1850. that's a lot of slaves.(“Underground Railroad”)

what is the fugitive slave act??

the fugitive slave act was passed on September 18, 1850. it declared that ALL slaves be brought back to their masters even if u were free in like Canada. ha ha this is funny the abolitionist nicknamed it the “bloodhound law”for the dogs that were used to track down runaway slave. It was suppose to force the authorities in free states to return fugitive slaves to their masters even though they are free (“Fugitive Slave Act”)

What are some facts about runaway slaves???

Moses rope receives 200 lashes for running away. I bet that taught him/her never to run away again. Francis Fredric was free for 9 weeks but was captured and received 107 whips. Can you believe this newspapers reveled 76%of all fugitives were under 35 and 89%men it was proven that field slaves were more likely to runaway than house slaves. By the middle of the 19th century it was estimated that over 50,000 slaves escaped. Any federal marshal who did not arrest an alleged runaway slave could be fined $1,000. any person aiding a runaway slave by providing shelter,food,or any form of assistance was liable to 6 months imprisonment and a $1,000 fine (“Runaway Slaves”)

Who was Harriet Tubman?

Harriet Tubman's real name was Araminta Ross. She was born on march 10,1913 she passed in 1820 from pneumonia. When she was bout 20 or so she was a union spy in the American civil war. In 1849 she escaping to Philadelphia for freedom then soon after that she returned to Maryland to rescue her family and friends. When she was a slave Harriet Tubman was hit in the back of the head buy a 2 pound weight that a worker at a store threw and hit the wrong person. When people asked her she would say that it broke her skull. Soon after she rescued her family from Maryland she married a free black man that goes by the name john Tubman. Just before she tied she spoke these words to the people In the room “I go to prepare a place for you”.(“Harriet Tubman”)

BIBLIOGRAPHY

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"The Slave- years." history.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 mar 2010. <http://tinyurl.com/slave-years>

"Underground Railroad." pbs.org. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 mar 2010. <http://tinyurl.com/undergorund-railroad>.