Underground Railroad: The Escape from Slavery DVD

United Learning

SKU: DC024153
Format: DVD
Grade Level:
Runtime: 25
Copyright: 1998

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The Underground Railroad was not a railroad and was not underground. It was a loose-knit network of people who offered shelter, food, safety, and encouragement to fugitive slaves on their life-threatening journeys to freedom. This video examines the institution of slavery-from capture in Africa to life on plantations in the South. Students will learn how slaves lived, how they were treated, what type of work they did, and why they so desperately wanted to escape from a life of bondage. The program reveals how Northern sympathies against slavery were heightened through such major milestones as the Dred Scott decision and the publication of Harriet Beecher Stowe's book, "Uncle Tom's Cabin." It also addresses the impact that abolitionists, like Frederick Douglass and Sojourner Truth, had on teaching Americans about the horrors of slavery.