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Runaway in an Unknown Land: The Underground Railroad in Western Pennsylvania

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Social Studies +2 Age Levels Elementary (9 to 12 years old), Primary (5 to 8 years old)
Prior to the Civil War, enslaved people had little chance of securing their freedom. There were rare cases of freedom being purchased by the enslaved individual or by some benefactor. Even rarer was the granting of freedom papers by the master. For those who desired to taste freedom, the choice of running was often the only viable choice. Runaways faced incredible dangers en route including the possibility of capture.