February 13, 2000
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The term “underground railroad” was first used around 1830 to describe
the loosely organized system that helped thousands of black American slaves
escape to the northern states and Canada. The most heavily traveled routes
ran through Ohio, Indiana and western Pennsylvania â€“ and now they can be
re-traced on the Internet. Follow me as we learn more about the many
heroes who helped so many.
Addy’s Escape to Freedom
“In Meet Addy, Momma and Addy try a daring escape from slavery after
Poppa and Sam are
sold to another plantation owner. They need courage and faith to travel
north to freedom. Can they overcome each challenge and gain that freedom?
To find out, travel with them on their dangerous journey.” This interactive
game for elementary ages puts you in Addy’s shoes as she and her mother try
to outrun slavery. It is best suited for students who have already read
the popular American Girl book, but can still be enjoyed by those who
African American Journey: Underground Railroad
“Underground Railroad was an informal system that helped slaves escape
to the Northern States and Canada during the mid-1800′s. The system was
neither underground nor a railroad. It was called the Underground Railroad
because of the swift, secret way in which the slaves escaped. The slaves
traveled by whatever means they could, moving almost entirely at night and
hiding during the day. ” This short educational overview from World Book
has links to several biographies including Harriet Tubman, who led hundreds
of slaves to freedom, and William Lloyd Garrison, an anti-slavery
Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad for
“The students in Mrs. Taverna’s second grade class at Pocantico Hills
School in Sleepy Hollow, New York have been learning about Harriet
Tubman and the Underground Railroad.” And, boy, do they have a lot of work
to share with you! They’ve created a time line, a quiz, a Harriet Tubman
photo gallery, and a map of her 130-mile route to freedom. The students
have written poems, character sketches and crossword puzzles. I suggest
Happens: On an Underground Railroad
Are you ready for some finger-snapping music? How about a music video
made with a unique combination of black history, rap verse, gospel
chorus and pastel illustrations? You’ll find it all at History Happens.
“On an Underground Railroad,” with lyrics and music by Kinny Landrum, can
be heard in RealAudio and MP3, or seen in RealVideo format. Other American
history topics that have been converted into song include the Revolutionary
War, the Civil War, Immigration and World War II.
Underground Railroad @ National Geographic
“You are a slave. Your body, your time, your very breath belong to a
farmer in 1850s Maryland. Six long days a week you tend his fields and make
him rich. You have never tasted freedom. You never expect to. And yet . .
. your soul lights up when you hear whispers of attempted escape. Freedom
means a hard, dangerous trek. Do you try it?” This virtual journey for all
ages from National Geographic, is my pick of the week.
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