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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?

To be a slave it meant you had no freedoom, you did everything you were told, and you had no say in your life. Basic rights slaves didnt have was that they could not learn to read or write, they could not marry, they could not vote or do anything a regular white citzen could.

2. Why did people own slaves in the United States in the 1800s?

People owned slaves in the 1800s because the plantaion owners needed to use them as worker in the kitchen, on their plantaions, to pick cotton, cook, and clean.

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

Slavery began in the 1500s. Slaves came from africa in were brought across the atlantic to the U.S.

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?

The life of a slave on a southern plantation was they did back breaking work in fields, planting and harvesting crop. Slaves lived in small cabins. The work they did went from cooking, cleaning, harvesting crops, and craftsmen. they were punished by getting whippings, sold to other plantations, and bein chained up.

5. What do you think were some of the hardest things about being a slave?

Some of the hardest things slaves delt with was being seperated from their family, they had no life, they worked day and night, they were whipped and abused, and they were gave little freedom.


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?

Some enslaved african americans tried to escapes because they were treated horribly and badly. Escaping was a very dangerous act because there were bounty hunters or slave catcher that had to be faced.

2. How did most slaves travel when they escaped? How did they find their way?

Most slaves traveled by foot when they were escaping. They found there way using the under ground railroad, there were people that helped them get to the north rather they were freed blacks or whites who were agaist slavery.

3. What were some of the worst dangers and challenges that runaway slaves faced?

The worst dangers that runaway slaves faced was slave catchers, being caught and being at risk of dying, but also there was a problem that if you were caught you would be whipped, killed, and brought back to your owner.

4. How did runaways try to avoid getting caught? What happened if they were caught?

Runaways tried to avoid getting caught by using clever disguises or tricks to escape from the south to the north. If they were caught they were brought back to your owners and where either whippped or killed.

5. What was the Underground Railroad? Who were the “passengers” and the “conductors”?

The undergound railroad was a connection of people and places leading to cities in the north that led slaves to freed cities. The passengers were the slaves and the conductors guided or transpoted slaves to the next station in the underground railroad.

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?

The underground railroad had to be secretive because the people helping with it and the slaves involved in it were at great risks. Some way they kept their work and the runaway slaves hidden was buy hidding the slaves in secret rooms and tunnels and had a system of code words to communicate with others.




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.

Once runaway slaves reach the north they were not free. Even in freed states where slavery was prohibited there were runaway slaves.

2. Who were the abolitionists? How did they spread their message?

Abolitionists were people who worked to end slavery. The abolitionist work to spread there message by organizing anti-slave books, newspapers,and pamphlets. They abolisinist socities, signed pettions,and even boy cotted slave produced products.

3. What are some ways that abolitionists helped runaways on the Underground Railroad?

Some ways they runaways on the undergroung railroad were but providing food, money, clothing, and they let some hide in there homes.

4. Did all abolitionists support the Underground Railroad? Why or why not?

Not all abolitionist supported  the underground railroad. Some didn't support it because it was a dangerous job, the people that helped with it would be severly punished if you got caught.

5. Why was it so dangerous for people to help runaway slaves?

It was dangerous to help runaway slaves because thosed who were caught were severly punished.

6. Who was Harriet Tubman? How do you think she and the Northern abolitionists helped each other’s cause?

Harriet Tubman was the most famous abolistionist that was invovled in the undergound raliroad. I think that she and other people helped eachother by providing different neccesities to eachother. 


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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