Escaping to Freedom: The Underground Railroad

UNDERGROUND RAILROAD, a term that was coined during the 1840s to designate a system 

of secret networks of escape routes and hiding places used by runaway blacks seeking 

safety as they made their way from the southern slave states to freedom in the North. To aid 

these runaways, sympathetic Americans served as "conductors" along these land and sea 

routes stretching out of the South through the North and into Canada. 

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