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Captured from their homes in Africa then shipped to America under extremely poor conditions and then sold to the highest bidder this was part of the average slaves life This was the sort of life slaves lead in their new foreign homeland Put to work and forced to live with these new conditions of America these slaves had no other choice but to do as told as those that chose not to listen were made examples of what would happen if there was rebellion There was no mercy for the slaves and their families as they had captured and forced to live a life under the control of the White man With concentrated slavery in America Blacks wanted to break free from the white ownership so a few escaped by way of The Underground Railroad What Blacks did not know was that a life in Canada would not be what they expected Canada was not the paradise that Blacks expected it to be For the many African Americans who lived in the Slave States prior to and during the American Civil War the Underground Railroad provided them the opportunity and assistance for escaping slavery and finding freedom One of the most curious characteristics of the Underground Railroad was its lack of formal organization No one knows exactly when it started but there are cases of isolated help given to runaway slaves as early as the 1700s By the early 19th century there were organized flights to freedom Quaker abolitionists in Pennsylvania and New Jersey provided much of the early help Underground operations generally relied heavily on secret a code that was railroad jargon that alerted passengers when travel was safe Runaways usually commuted either alone or in small groups and were frequently assisted by African American and White conductors who risked their lives and property to escort refugees to freedom Celebrated conductors of the Underground Railroad included James Fairfield a White abolitionist who went into
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