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Undeground Railroad

Lesson Plans | Primary Sources | Timelines

 

Lesson Plans:

National Geographic Classroom Ideas - National Geographic - The Underground Railroad affords many educational opportunities. The activities presented here, especially the interactive journey, offer readers an emotional as well as historical experience regarding slavery. The Classroom Ideas are tailored to various age groups. You may prefer to review all of them to see which are most appropriate for your students

Fugitive Slaves and the Underground Railroad From the Historical Society of Pennsylvania
- Students will understand slave laws in Pennsylvania in the antebellum period and assess their implications for the free black, slave, and general populations of Philadelphia. Identify important terms and key figures in Pennsylvania’s Underground Railroad. Assess the operations of the Vigilant Committee and compare its role to that of the Pennsylvania Abolition Society

Primary Source Documents:

Three Posters from the Slavery Era - two reward posters for escaped slaves and an abolitionist poster trying to prevent the recapture of escaped slaves in the North. (web site created by students)


The Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 - Full text of the Fugitive Slave Act.

Timelines:

Underground Railroad Timeline - a partial chronology of the Underground Railroad, abolition and other key historical events bearing on the Underground Railroad.


The Story of the Underground Railroad - timeline for the underground railroad from Fergus Bordewich's book, Bound for Canaan.

 

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National Undeground Railroad Freedom Center 

William Still Underground Railroad Society