Runaway Journeys

"From the beginnings of slavery until the Civil War, countless numbers of African Americans attempted to make or succeeded in making their way to freedom." They did this despite the consequences of being caught, this tells us a lot about life in slavery.

In this webquest we will examine the experiences of runaway slaves.

Instructions: Go to the following WEBSITE and read the following 9 sections and answer the questions below in complete sentences. Take notes when necessary.

Many Reasons to Leave
The Peaks of Migration
Profile of the Fugitives
Escape to Cities and Towns
Maroon Communities
Going South and West
Up North
Canada, the Promised Land

1.) Write down at least 4 vocabulary words you do not know and define them.

2.) When did the migration of slaves become widespread?

3.) What were some of the reasons slaves ran away?

4.) Why did slaves flee to British lines during the American Revolution? What happened to those who did?

5.) What group of slaves ran away in greater numbers? Why were women less likely to run away?

6.) List some of the positives and negatives of escaping to cities and towns:

7.) What were maroon communities? Be specific.

8.) What was the Great Dismal Swamp?

9.) What was the Underground Railroad?

10.) Who was Harriet Tubman?

11.) Why was Canada called the "Promised Land?"

12.) What was the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850?

After viewing episode 2 and 3 of Roots, complete the following assignment: