Underground Railroad

noun

variants or less commonly Underground Railway
: a system of cooperation among active antislavery people in the U.S. before 1863 by which people escaping enslavement were secretly helped to reach the North or Canada

Examples of Underground Railroad in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center sits on the banks of the Niagara River, with Canada in sight, and its exhibitions tell the stories of those who crossed into Canada for freedom. Kiratiana Freelon, Parents, 21 May 2024 Two centuries later, board game culture has matured to the point that new titles such as Freedom: The Underground Railroad and Votes for Women push the genre to new heights, using the joy of play to teach the history of the era that spawned America’s first board game. Matthew Wynn Sivils, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 May 2024 There is an interesting history between abolitionist Harriet Tubman, organizer of the Underground Railroad, and Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Kevin Shird, Baltimore Sun, 16 Apr. 2024 Mother's Day Yoga, 8:30 a.m., National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, 50 E. Freedom Way, Downtown. $10. freedomcenter.org. Allison Kiehl, The Enquirer, 5 May 2024 Reading further:Black history 'Underground Railroad' forms across US after increase of book bans The African American Policy Forum will host a Critical Race Theory summer school in New York to provide a week of training on issues, including advocacy, education and political engagement. Deborah Barfield Berry, USA TODAY, 3 May 2024 Then there are churches like Second Baptist Church, down in Greektown, which was a part of the Underground Railroad. Scott Talley, Detroit Free Press, 21 Apr. 2024 The Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 permitted slave catchers to kidnap fugitives in free states and return them, without recourse, to their owners, and Plymouth Church became a stop on the Underground Railroad. Louis Menand, The New Yorker, 14 Apr. 2024 Yoga in the Grand Hall, 8:30-9:45 a.m., National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, 50 E. Freedom Way, Downtown. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 7 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1842, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Underground Railroad was in 1842

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“Underground Railroad.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Underground%20Railroad. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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Underground Railroad

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

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