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Begin Your Webquest Here


On the Plantation: Life as Slave


To start, listen to the story of the runaway slave, then click around the scene to learn more about life on a Southern plantation, read “Growing Up in Slavery” to meet Fannie Moore and after you’ve explored these resources ,answer these questions.

1. What did it mean to be a slave? ~working most of your life for plantaton owners.~ What were some of the basic rights that slaves did not have? ~fredom of speech religionand press~2. Why did people own slaves in the United States in the 1800's?~to work on plantations~

3. When did slavery begin in the United States?~16th century~  Where did the first slaves come from?~Africa~

4. Describe the life of a slave on a Southern plantation.~working the fields(picking cotton ect.) and doing things for your master~Where did slaves live?~a little shed in the back of the plantation ~What kinds of work did they do?~working fields doing things for master~. How were they punished?~whipped~

5. What do you think were some of the hardest things about being a slave?~working ,being whipped, losing familyEscape! The Underground Railroad


Listen to the story of the runaway slave, then click around the scene to learn more about how slaves made their escapes and found their way. After you’ve explored these resources, answer these questions.

1. Why did some enslaved African Americans try to escape from their owners?tired of working and being whipped Why was this such a dangerous act?the plantation owners were very powerful and rich and if anyone a slave escaping they were to immediatly return them to their master

2. How did most slaves travel when they escaped?underground railroad How did they find their way?harriet tubman

3. What were some of the worst dangers and challenges that runaway slaves faced?being found by and returned....other owners...didnt know geography

4. How did runaways try to avoid getting caught? hiding away in homes of antislavery peopleWhat happened if they were caught?they were returned to their owner(s)

5. What was the Underground Railroad?passage the slaves took t escape from slavery from us to canada  Who were the “passengers” and the “conductors”?conductor-tubman.....passengers-slaves

6. Why did the Underground Railroad have to be so secretive?if they were found they were to be returned back to their plantations where they would be whipped What are some ways that people on the Underground Railroad kept their work – and runaway slaves – hidden?anti slavery men,taking routes that are away from people,ect.


Reaching Safety: Heroes for the Cause


To start, listen to the story of the runaway slave, then click around the scene to learn how some abolitionists helped fugitives reach freedom. Try the “Harriet Tubman Web Quest,” to learn about the life of this brave woman who risked her life to guide hundreds of enslaved African Americans to freedom.

1. Were runaway slaves free once they reached the Northern states?yes becuse people in the northern states were abolitonists Explain your answer.

2. Who were the abolitionists? people against slaveryHow did they spread their message?newspapers,riots,and the like

3. What are some ways that abolitionists helped runaways on the Underground Railroad?stalled them in their homes

4. Did all abolitionists support the Underground Railroad?yes Why or why not?because they wanted slaves to be free

5. Why was it so dangerous for people to help runaway slaves?if they were caught they were to be slain

6. Who was Harriet Tubman?conductor of the undergroung railroad How do you think she and the Northern abolitionists helped each other’s cause?made sure the slaves were fed,comfortable,ect. until they reached Canada...

Almost Free: Life in the North

Have you explored all the resources in “Almost Free: Life in the North”? To start, listen to the

story of the runaway slave, then click around the scene to discover what life was like for fugitives in the North.  See “Compare Two Worlds: The North vs. South,” for interactive maps that identify important differences between the North and South before the Civil War. After you’ve explored these resources, answer these questions.

1. What are some of the different places that slaves settled in the North?Canada,ect.Why did many runaways go to Canada?underground railroad

2. What were some of the challenges the newcomers faced as they started their new lives?the coldness, starvation,no homes,ect.

3. What were three major differences between the North and the South before the Civil War?abolitionists in north,slavery lovers in south,plantations in south,none in north,high tech machines in north,none in south....

4. What was the Emancipation Proclamation? pamphlet that freed slaves in the southWhat impact did it have?slaves joined north during civil war

5. Why did so many African Americans fight in the Civil War on the side of the Union?Union(north)was against slavery while Confederate(south)was for it

6. What was one important outcome of the Civil War?freedom of slaves

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