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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? What were some of the basic rights that slaves did not have?A Slave Means To Be Someone Who Has No Riqhts And They Dont Any Needs Because If You're A Negro They Dont Care.

2. Why did people own slaves in the United States in the 1800s?They Took Slaves To Their Work For Them Mostly Farminq, .Plantinq , And Harvestinq.

3. When did slavery begin in the United States? Where did the first slaves come from?Slavery Started In The 1800's And One Of The First Slaves Was Amanda McDaniel.

4. Describe the life of a slave on a Southern plantation. Where did slaves live? What kinds of work did they do? How were they punished?Walter Was A Slave Who Slept In A Cabin With Two Other Famalies ,They Slept On A Hay Stack As A Bed And They Always Do Farminq For Other People But Walter Was Good At Wood Projects.

5. What do you think were some of the hardest things about being a slave?They Did Work All Day Lonq And If You Asked Them For Water If It Was A White Person They Wouldnt've Brunq It A Black Woman Would Have Had To Brinq 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? Why was this such a dangerous act?They Tried To Escape Because Acrodd The Ohio River All Black Slaces Were Free And Ther Were Scared To Take That Risk Because If They Were To Get Caught They Would Have Been Beaten Until Blood Started Running Down.

2. How did most slaves travel when they escaped? How did they find their way?They Walked And They Found There Way All They Had To Do Was Look For The Long River.

3. What were some of the worst dangers and challenges that runaway slaves faced?If Some One Smelled Them Such As Dogs They Would Have Got Caught And Tooken Back Too Where They Ran Away From And Got Beatten.

4. How did runaways try to avoid getting caught? What happened if they were caught?They Jumped In Water so Their Scent Went Away And If They Were Caught The Would Have Got Beatten .

5. What was the Underground Railroad? Who were the “passengers” and the “conductors”?A Secret Hiding Place Underground And All Conductors Were Mostly White People.

6. Why did the Underground Railroad have to be so secretive? What are some ways that people on the Underground Railroad kept their work – and runaway slaves – hidden?Because Slavery Was Illegal And Most People Wouldn't Allow That .They Kept Their Work A Secret By Not Telling People Where Their Located.




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.Yes Because Someone Told Them That Once They Reached Across The Ohio River That's Where All Slaves Are Free.

2. Who were the abolitionists? How did they spread their message?Abolitionists Were The People Who Were In Charge Of The Slaves And Slaves Spread Their Messages Through A Book Or News Paper.

3. What are some ways that abolitionists helped runaways on the Underground Railroad?They Helped Them By Letting Them Into Their Homes While Their On The Runaway But The Slaves Would Tell Them That They Could Not Stay There Because They Are Doing Nothing But Putting Other Peoples Life At Stake.

4. Did all abolitionists support the Underground Railroad? Why or why not?No Because Most Of Them Would Tell And Then They Would Get Caught.

5. Why was it so dangerous for people to help runaway slaves?Because They Are Putting Their Lives In Danger Because If Some One Finds Out That They Are Hwlping A Slave They Would Probally Be Killed.

6. Who was Harriet Tubman? How do you think she and the Northern abolitionists helped each other’s cause?Harriet Tubman Was A Female Slave And Also A Hero.She Helped Most Of The Slaves .


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?Because In Canada All Slaves Would Be Free And Could Possibly Have A Normal Life For Once.

2. What were some of the challenges the newcomers faced as they started their new lives?Everyone Looked At Them As A Slave And They Would Probally Treat Them More Different From Every One Else.

3. What were three major differences between the North and the South before the Civil War?The South Is Where Slavery Is And North Was A Better Place To Be.

4. What was the Emancipation Proclamation? What impact did it have?Its A Law That Freed All The Slaves .

5. Why did so many African Americans fight in the Civil War on the side of the Union?Because Most African American Were Fighting To Free Slavery.

6. What was one important outcome of the Civil War?That They Actually Had A Place Where Slaves Can Go And Be Free.

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