Underground Railroad


Definition of Underground Railroad

: a system of cooperation among active antislavery people in the U.S. before 1863 by which fugitive slaves were secretly helped to reach the North or Canada

called also Underground Railway

First Known Use of Underground Railroad

1842, in the meaning defined above

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“Underground Railroad.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Underground%20Railroad. Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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