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Political background[ edit ] At its peak, nearly 1, slaves per year escaped from slave-holding states using the Underground Railroad — more than 5, court cases for escaped slaves were recorded — many fewer than the natural increase of the enslaved population.
The resulting economic impact was minuscule, but the psychological influence on slave holders was immense. Under the original Fugitive Slave Act ofofficials from free states were required to assist slaveholders or their agents who recaptured runaway slaves, but citizens and governments of many free states ignored the law, and the Underground Railroad thrived.
With heavy lobbying by southern politicians, the Compromise of was passed by Congress after the Mexican—American War. It stipulated a more stringent Fugitive Slave Law ; ostensibly, the compromise addressed regional problems by compelling officials of free states to assist slave catchers, granting them immunity to operate in free states.
Many Northerners who might have ignored slave issues in the South were confronted by local challenges that bound them to support slavery. This was a primary grievance cited by the Union during the American Civil War and the perception that Northern States ignored the fugitive slave law was a major justification for secession.
Vigilance committee Harriet Tubman photo H. A worker on the Underground Railroad, Tubman made 13 trips to the South, helping to free over 70 people. She led people to the northern free states and Canada. The escape network was not literally underground nor a railroad.
It was figuratively "underground" in the sense of being an underground resistance. It was known as a "railroad" by way of the use of rail terminology in the code. Participants generally organized in small, independent groups; this helped to maintain secrecy because individuals knew some connecting "stations" along the route but knew few details of their immediate area.
Escaped slaves would move north along the route from one way station to the next. Without the presence and support of free black residents, there would have been almost no chance for fugitive slaves to pass into freedom unmolested.
A conductor sometimes pretended to be a slave in order to enter a plantation. Once a part of a plantation, the conductor would direct the runaways to the North. They rested, and then a message was sent to the next station to let the station master know the runaways were on their way.
They would stop at the so-called "stations" or "depots" during the day and rest. The stations were often located in barns, under church floors, or in hiding places in caves and hollowed-out riverbanks. The resting spots where the runaways could sleep and eat were given the code names "stations" and "depots", which were held by "station masters".
Using biblical references, fugitives referred to Canada as the " Promised Land " or "Heaven" and the Ohio River as the " River Jordan ", which marked the boundary between slave states and free states.
Some groups were considerably larger. Abolitionist Charles Turner Torrey and his colleagues rented horses and wagons and often transported as many as 15 or 20 slaves at a time.
Most escapes were by individuals or small groups; occasionally, there were mass escapes, such as with the Pearl incident. The journey was often considered particularly difficult and dangerous for women or children.
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