By the time of the Civil War, more than 4 million slaves were living in America and all of them longed for freedom. The Underground Railroad wasn’t a real railroad, but a system of roads and safe houses that black people traveled on their way to Canada or New England. One old folk song told them the way.
Questions and Answers
Question: Why did the slaves travel at night?
Answer: Running away was very dangerous, but traveling at night offered the slaves their best chance of freedom. Slavecatchers were generously rewarded for tracking down slaves and bringing them back. They often used hunting dogs to help them.
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