A Brief Look at the Underground Railroad and Its Effect on Modern Society

The Underground Railroad is a great example of what African Americans is doing to push back against the negative stereotypes that we sometimes experience in the United States. However, we can forget about the Underground Railroad of today because it’s been around for too long. Because of its enduring popularity, it is worth looking into the origins of the Underground Railroad, as well as its relevance to the present.

Let’s first examine the Underground Railroad of today. It was not until the twentieth century that it became popular to travel by railroad across the country; the first one did not open until 1860, so there is a bit of an “old” age factor involved.

The railroad has evolved a lot since then, of course. In the nineteen thirties, the first ones were really just regular roads, but many of them became elevated after World War II. Nowadays, they include trolley cars covered coaches, and freeways that go through tunnels.

The first train to leave the United States for Canada, however, was via this route. The pioneer who opened the first one, however, was a white man, named Mark Russell. He was much more concerned with getting across the Great Plains, rather than using the railroads as his means of transportation.

His name, therefore, would not be remembered as the real pioneer of the railroads, even though he was one. That honor goes to his wife, Harriet Russell. She has become known as Harriet Tubman and is often thought of as a hero for helping slaves escape slavery. She became one of the very first celebrities in the United States, thanks to her role in helping to liberate the slaves.

There are, of course, many other notable people from the Underground Railroad who should also be added to these lists. But not all of them had something like a radio program or a popular author whose books have sold millions of copies. For instance, David Gordon White, the first black governor of Maryland, never set foot on a railroad, although he wrote several books on the subject. Instead, he used train stops, like Philadelphia and Baltimore, to plan raids on fugitive slaves.

Other people like Harriet Tubman are more famous today than they were in the nineteenth century. Countless white women helped create women’s suffrage and even helped found the National Woman’s Party. Women had become vocal in opposition to segregation and unfair labor practices.

Despite these contributions, the Underground Railroad is probably the most important part of American history that the general public knows at all. Even without Harriet Tubman, the Underground Railroad would have been immensely influential, especially in the Deep South, where so many slaves began their journey north.

This is why it is important for you to know more about the Underground Railroad, if you’re reading about it in local history societies or history journals. A lot of these records date to the 19th century. It’s only recently that they’ve been made available in full to the public.

If you’re an activist yourself, be sure to check out websites like NY Underground Railroad Tours, which has plenty of stories and information about the Underground Railroad. In addition, you can also get in touch with some of the others who have taken part in helping slaves get out of bondage, either by training others to do it, or by having someone do it for you.

The Underground Railroad is important in American history, whether it was the first railroad’s abolitionists or ordinary people who worked hard to help others escape bondage. You can find out more about this fascinating part of American history on the internet.