1. What was the Underground Railroad?
The Underground Railroad was neither “Underground” nor an “Railroad” but an complex network of escape routes for runaway slaves from the south using terms like “conductor” and “passenger”(http://www.42explore2.com/undergrd.htm ).

2. What were some of the terms they used?
They would use terms like “conductors” to describe the people that helped them get off of the plantation. “stations/depots “were described as their safe houses. “Station masters” helped conductors run the slaves and “stock holders” gave them food and water (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part4/4p2944.html ).

3. How was the journey for them?
The journey started at the plantation, where Quakers (conductors) would help them move north (http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/USASrunaways.htm ). They would move at night, and rest in the day. Stations were usually 10-20 miles away from one another. When at a safe house, they would rest and eat. They would wait a few days till the next station was alerted. They did this countless times until they would reach freedom (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part4/4p2944.html ). They didn’t only walk though; they would sometimes travel on trains, and boats too (www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part4/4p2944.
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4. Did anyone try to catch the slaves?
Slave catchers were paid to hunt and return runaway slaves (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slave_catcher ). Also, the fugitive slave laws were laws passed by the United States Congress in 1793 and 1850 to provide for the return of slaves who escaped from one state into another or into a public territory. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fugitive_Slave_Law )

5. if the slaves got to freedom, how would their lives be different?
Many people think slaves were treated right, but they weren’t. Even though they were in Canada, they were still discriminated. Even though they were free, they still worked low paying jobs, and low costing land. (http://www.42explore2.com/undergrd.htm )

6. What happened if the slaves were caught and returned?
The punishment could be very severe Often runaways would be sold "south." That means that they were sold to someone who lived much further south than where they were. Some times, runaways would be beaten and forced to do exceptionally hard work. Sometimes they were sold to a different owner who lived nearby. Sometimes they were simply taken back to their master and returned to work. Often, slaves who failed to escape the first time tried again and succeeded (http://pathways.thinkport.org/about/about12.cfm )


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