Black People : The UnderGround RailRoad

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  1. truetothecause

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    Greetings All!




    This was a comment on one of the youtube video's I did and I was interested in hearing thoughts on it's validity.

    Is it possible that the "underground railroad" was put into place in the way suggested by this poster:?:

    When I read the comment I was intrigued by the ideal. I KNOW white folk have done very little to really "help" us and it seems that every time to do, we get worse off.

    In the video, I talked about the decision which supported the enslavement of Afreekans here in amerikkka. Basically, it was skin-color. We "stood out" in a crowd of white folks and the natives.



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    Any thoughts:?:

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    Hmmm....."Scots/Irish SLAVES" or "indentured servants?"

    Anywho.....I would imagine that there were those who presented false faces to runaway slaves with offers of aid/food/shelter/transport to free states.

    However, IMO, in large, the Underground Railroad was a clandestine system made up of White and Black people working in conjunction to assist runaway slaves.

    Many former runaway slaves in the U.S. and Canada worked with White abolitionists within the Underground Railroad.

    For example, Josiah Henson, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman and many others who were spokes-persons for anti-slavery societies.

    And for those who had sinister aims, I would imagine that the other "conductors" on the Underground Railroad would have discovered their deception and warned others about them so no other runaways could be deceived, caught, returned to slavery and/or killed.
     
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    Revisit trails of freedom of the Underground Railroad

    By Jane Ammeson Times Correspondent | Posted: Saturday, February 12, 2011 12:00 am


    In the 1850s, black slaves still faced danger after fleeing across the Kentucky border into Indiana.

    The Fugitive Slave Act and cash awards inspired bounty hunters to capture escapees and return them to masters who viewed them as property.

    So it was in parts of Ripley County, tucked away in southeastern Indiana, close to the Kentucky border. Some residents of such towns as Cross Plains and Friendship seized slaves who tried to slip through this still-rural area.

    But others were dedicated abolitionists who risked their own freedom to form Underground Railroad routes (UGRR) that connected small towns countywide. Their goal: To guide slaves further North toward Canada and safety.

    Ripley County has issued five Underground Rail Road Driving Maps that allow visitors to retrace these perilous journeys to liberty
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    List of Sites for the Underground Railroad

    *LINKS CAN BE FOUND HERE: http://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/underground/states.htm

    KANSAS
    1. John Brown Cabin--Osawatomie

    IOWA
    1. Todd House--Tabor
    2. George B. Hitchcock House--Lewis vicinity
    3. Henderson Lewelling House--Salem
    4. Jordan House--West Des Moines

    WISCONSIN
    1. Milton House--Milton

    ILLINOIS
    1. Owen Lovejoy House--Princeton
    2. John Hossack House--Ottawa
    3. Dr. Richard Eells House--Quincy

    MICHIGAN
    1. Dr. Nathan Thomas House--Schoolcraft
    2. Second Baptist Church--Detroit

    INDIANA
    1. Bethel AME Church--Indianapolis
    2. Levi Coffin House--Fountain City
    3. Eleutherian College Classroom and Chapel Building--Lancaster

    OHIO
    1. Harriet Beecher Stowe House--Cincinnati
    2. John P. Parker House--Ripley
    3. John Rankin House--Ripley
    4. Village of Mt. Pleasant Historic District--Mt. Pleasant
    5. Wilson Bruce Evans House--Oberlin
    6. Rush R. Sloane House--Sandusky
    7. Daniel Howell Hise House--Salem
    8. Col. William Hubbard House--Ashtabula
    9. Reuben Benedict House--Marengo
    10. Samuel and Sally Wilson House--Cincinnati
    11. James and Sophia Clemens Farmstead--Greenville
    12. Spring Hill--Massillon
    13. Putnam Historic District--Zanesville

    PENNSYLVANIA
    1. F. Julius LeMoyne House--Washington
    2. John Brown House--Chambersburg
    3. Bethel AME Zion Church--Reading
    4. Oakdale--Chadds Ford
    5. White Horse Farm--Phoenixville
    6. Johnson House--Philadelphia

    NEW YORK
    1. Harriet Tubman Home for the Aged, Residence and Thompson AME Zion Church--Auburn
    2. St. James AME Zion Church--Ithaca
    3. Gerrit Smith Estate and Land Office--Peterboro
    4. John Brown Farm and Gravesite--Lake Placid
    5. Foster Memorial AME Zion Church--Tarrytown
    6. Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims--Brooklyn

    VERMONT
    1. Rokeby--Ferrisburgh

    MAINE
    1. Harriet Beecher Stowe House--Brunswick

    MASSACHUSETTS
    1. African American National Historic Site--Boston
    2. William Lloyd Garrison House--Boston
    3. William Ingersoll Bowditch House--Brookline
    4. The Wayside--Concord
    5. Liberty Farm--Worcester
    6. Nathan and Mary Johnson House--New Bedford
    7. Jackson Homestead--Newton
    8. Ross Farm (Hill Ross Farm) Northampton
    9. Dorsey--Jones House -- Northampton

    CONNECTICUT
    1. Austin F. Williams Carriagehouse and House--Farmington

    NEW JERSEY
    1. The Grimes Homestead--Mountain Lakes
    2. Peter Mott House--Lawnside Borough
    3. Bethel AME Church--Greenwich
    4. Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church and Mount Zion Cemetery--Woolwich Township

    DELAWARE
    1. Appoquinimink Friends Meeting House--Odessa
    2. Friends Meeting House--Wilmington
    DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
    1. Frederick Douglass National Historic Site
    2. Mary Ann Shadd Cary House
    MARYLAND
    1. John Brown's Headquarters--Sample's Manor
    VIRGINIA
    1. Bruin's Slave Jail --Alexandria
    WEST VIRGINIA
    1. Jefferson County Courthouse--Charles Town
    2. Harpers Ferry National Historical Park--Harpers Ferry
    FLORIDA
    1. British Fort--Sumatra vicinity
    2. Ft. Mose Site--St. John's County
    COLORADO
    1. Barney L. Ford Building--Denver
     
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    Myths of the Underground Railroad


    In school, we learn history through stories, and sometimes we find out that some of these stories are not true. They are myths. One example is that Christopher Columbus discovered America in 1492. In fact, other Europeans, like the Vikings, had been to the New World years before. Another famous myth is story of George Washington chopping down the cherry tree. It is a great story about how our first President was honest even as a child. But, there is no evidence that the young George ever chopped down his father’s cherry tree. It’s just a story. Not history.

    The Underground Railroad is a great story in American history. People, both black and white, formed a secret network that helped enslaved African Americans escape to freedom. Unfortunately, a lot of what we learn is not true.

    Myth:
    Most of the “workers” on the Underground Railroad were white abolitionists.


    Truth:
    In fact, most people who helped escaping slaves were free blacks or escaped slaves. And even though the whites who helped runaways were abolitionists who wanted to end slavery, not all abolitionists supported the Underground Railroad. Many abolitionists, in fact, were against helping slaves escape. They did not believe in breaking the law and wanted to find a legal way to end slavery
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    ...continued HERE: http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/bhistory/underground_railroad/myths.htm
     
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