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        Essay: Underground Railroad Terminology

        Derived from the program, Underground Railroad: The William Still Story, this essay will familiarize students with strategies applied during this movement. Knowledge of the stars, plant life for food and healing, as well as a system of code words, all aided escaped slaves to freedom. Because there were harsh penalties for escaped slaves and those who helped them, there existed a need for secrecy among this network. Coded terms based on railroad terminology and song lyrics were used to communicate along this path to freedom.


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