Routes and Directions

Online Course: Routes and Directions

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Lecture 5, Routes and Directions, looks at the various places freedom seekers escaped to, within, and beyond the South. Many ran to so-called maroon communities in remote swamps or mountains, or sought to blend into free black communities in southern cities.

Others made their way to Mexico, the Caribbean, Spanish Florida (until 1819), the free North, and Canada. Most went on foot; some traversed what was known as the maritime Underground Railroad; a few traveled in disguise on actual railroads.

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