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Travelling The Underground Railroad

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Travelling The Underground Railroad

The John Hossack House

The John Hossack House

When we think about the history of slavery in the United States we often think of the Underground Railroad and attempts made by Abolitionists and others to help slaves escape from the South to the free states of the North and Canada. What we don’t realize is that despite the near mythic role popular history has ascribed to it, the Underground Railroad was in its heyday (1850-1860) the route to freedom for fewer than 30,000 slaves by most estimates – out of a slave population of 4.5 million.

There are many places throughout the Northeast and parts of the Midwest where the Underground Railroad’s stations and safe houses can still be seen.


1 Comment

  1. mah101 November 12, 2014

    Indiana was not a slave state. Slavery was banned in the state’s constitution in 1820, and as a part of the Northwest Territory slavery was not allowed under the Northwest Ordinance of 1787.


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