Every teacher knows that time is one of the most valuable and scarce resources in instructional delivery. We have attempted to make the teaching of the Underground Railroad less time-consuming for teachers by preparing a series of PDF downloadables. These PDFs consist of images, reading material, and activities that relate to specific topics on the Underground Railroad. Rather than searching through this website trying to pull pieces together for your instruction, feel free to download PDFs and incorporate them seamlessly into your teaching.

Each PDF is centered around a specific anti-slavery topic or person, and all materials within the site related to that topic or person have been amalgamated into a single PDF in order to make instructional opportunities easier for teachers. As you utilize the PDFs, please feel free to share your feedback with the UGRR project team.

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Right to Equal and Integrated Education

In the first half of the 20th century, many public facilities in the country were segregated, including schools. Information in this PDF talks about the landmark case of Brown v. Board of Education that overturned segregation in schools.

Slave Resistance

No matter how they came into bondage, African Americans fought back in every aspect of slavery to obtain freedom. This PDF shows how African Americans resisted slavery.

Underground Railroad in Michigan

Enslaved African Americans escaped North to find refuge from the horrors of slavery. The state of Michigan became a crucial stop along the way towards freedom. This PDF explains why Michigan plays an important role in the Underground Railroad network.

Vigilance Committees

Across many Northern communities, people remained vigilant to remind the public of the cruelties of slavery and why it needed to be abolished. This PDF explores the active role of the vigilance committee in the city of Detroit.

Voices of the Civil War Episode 0001 The Original Sin Part 1

In the years leading up to and including the Civil War, not all African-Americans were enslaved. This PDF explores the lives of Harriet Jacobs, Frederick Douglass, Martin Delaney, and Benjamin Banneker.

Voices of the Civil War Episode 0001 The Original Sin Part 2

On May 14, 1787, fifty-five delegates from the newly formed United States gathered in Philadelphia to revise the Articles of Confederation, and ended up restructuring the government by drafting a new Constitution. In doing so, the architects of the Constitution neither acknowledged or abolished slavery. Little did they know that by sacrificing black slaves in their efforts to create “a more perfect union”, in 1787, the delegates sowed the seeds of the disunion in 1861.

Voices of the Civil War Episode 0004 Resistance to Slavery

Before and during the Civil War, enslaved African-Americans resisted their bondage in a variety of active and passive ways. This PDF explores how freedom seekers used the Underground Railroad during the American Civil War.


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This program was funded by the U.S. Department of Education Underground Railroad Educational and Cultural Program.