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Routes to freedom
Link - up - Medford
Subjects: United States; Telecommunications systems & Internet communications
Author: Allen, Debra
Date: Jul/Aug 2002
Start Page: 22
Pages: 1
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On the Internet, people can read about the Underground Railroad's heroes and history, work crossword puzzles, follow escape maps, listen to "secret code" spirituals - and ponder the price these brave people paid for their liberty. The "conductors" or leaders of the Underground Railroad were often themselves fugitive slaves who risked their freedom by returning to rescue their brethren. The Library of Congress' "African American Odyssey" (http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/aaohtml/ exhibit/aopart2.html) preserves the daring of conductors. Although it was illegal for slaves to learn to read or write, their stories are preserved by educated conductors like William Still and by fugitive slaves who became literate after escaping. A collection of slave narratives appears at Steven Mintz's University of Houston Web site (http://vi.uh.edu/pages/ mintz/primary.htm). Stations on the underground railroad are the subject of the National Park system's publication "Aboard the Underground Railroad: A National Register of Historic Places Travel Itinerary" (www.cr.nps.gov/nr/ travel/underground).

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