The Underground Railroad: The Resistance Of Resistance To The Slave

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During the 19th century, African American slaves used various ways to show resistance to the harsh slavery from their masters. They used three measures to rebel against slavery; they ran away, rebelled against slavery and performed acts of resistance like slowing their down work. Among the three measures, running away was the only measure that helped them escape for their freedom. The runaway slaves escaped to a nearby forest and others visited their spouse or relatives on other plantations. This did not grant them the freedom they way looking for and hence they looked for other means to escape. During the same period, the Underground Railroad occurred and it was more effective in helping slaves escape. The Underground Railroad was basically a series of safe houses and secret routes established in 19th century and were used by African American slaves to escape in places where slavery was abolished. The aid of allies and…show more content…
People who owned these Underground Railroad used to treat the African American slaves affectionately and therefore, the slaves thought it was the best mean for them to escape. The only place that these slaves managed to escape to was Canada. The Underground Railroad just occurred for the purpose of helping the Africa American slaves. It was to help the slaves escape to the northern side where slavery was abolished. Underground Railroad made the slave-owners to remain alert and reclaim all those slaves who had already escaped. Those slaves who had already escaped were basically referred by their owners as fugitives. Awareness was raised concerning the way the slaves used the Underground Railroad to escape and as a result, Fugitive Slave Act was put in place to prevent the slaves from escaping (Siebert, 1898). This act was so significant since it helped the masters to reclaim the slaves who had already run

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