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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?youre owned by a person and forced to work. What were some of the basic rights that slaves did not have?No rights at all.

2. Why did people own slaves in the United States in the 1800s?Because it was cheat labor on plantations.

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

4. Describe the life of a slave on a Southern plantation.Like hell,no rights you only worked in the feilds and that was your life. And if you do something wrong you can be put to death. Where did slaves live? In shacks around tha PlantationWhat kinds of work did they do? Hard manual work with no pay.How were they punished?Wiped or put to death.

5. What do you think were some of the hardest things about being a slave?Haveing to work and seeing your family and friends die and having no power to stop it.


Escape! 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?Because they wanted to be free. Why was this such a dangerous act?If you was cought you got killed.

2. How did most slaves travel when they escaped?The Underground Railroad How did they find their way?Some peope show them wear to go.

3. What were some of the worst dangers and challenges that runaway slaves faced?Tey had to hide from police and white men cause they wod tell the plantation owners

4. How did runaways try to avoid getting caught?Staying low and not doing nothing. What happened if they were caught?If they got cought they would be sent back to there owners and faces the owners punishment.

5. What was the Underground Railroad?A network to help run away salves escape. Who were the “passengers” and the “conductors”?

6. Why did the Underground Railroad have to be so secretive?Because the plantation owners wanted it shut down because there salves were escapeing. What are some ways that people on the Underground Railroad kept their work – and runaway slaves – hidden?By liveing two lives and keeping it secret.


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? Explain your answer.No because if they found out they were salves they would send them back to there owners.

2. Who were the abolitionists? How did they spread their message?People who helped slaves escape... they helped thought there writeing.speeches,meetings gave out anit slave books and boycotted goods made by slaves.

3. What are some ways that abolitionists helped runaways on the Underground Railroad?Gave them places to sleep,helped move them,and gave money.

4. Did all abolitionists support the Underground Railroad? Why or why not?Yes they were all anitslavory

5. Why was it so dangerous for people to help runaway slaves?If they was cought helping they was punished too.

6. Who was Harriet Tubman? How do you think she and the Northern abolitionists helped each other’s cause?She was a abolitionists and she wrote books about slaveory.And she made white men mad because of a book she wrote.

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? Why did many runaways go to Canada?

2. What were some of the challenges the newcomers faced as they started their new lives?

3. What were three major differences between the North and the South before the Civil War?

4. What was the Emancipation Proclamation? What impact did it have?

5. Why did so many African Americans fight in the Civil War on the side of the Union?

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

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