Tuesday, September 11, 2018

The Underground Railroad



If you were alive in the time span of 1810 to the 1860s and you lived in an area through which the Underground Railroad ran, what role would you take? There are many choices:

  • You could be a slave who has decided to run for freedom


  • You could be a conductor who helped escaping slaves run to freedom


  • You could run a station where escaping slaves stayed during the night and maybe for days until it was safe to advance


  • You could hunt for runaway slaves, especially after the Fugitive Slave Law was passed in 1850


  • You might decide to have absolutely nothing to do with the Underground Railroad



There are multiple points of view that you can take. Your job in the first blog of the year is to select the one role you would take in the Underground Railroad. Create a strong topic sentence that will get your reader so interested in your blog piece that she or he could not possibly click off it until the entire piece was read. Then, fill in the details to support your main idea. Select ideas from all the reading we’ve done, the video we’ve seen, the discussions in class, and YOUR own thoughts to help support your idea. Write your details in a way that adds interest and will keep your reader on your blog. When you reach the end, develop a strong conclusion that restates your main idea in a way that your reader will leave thinking, “That was a powerful piece of writing.” Avoid conclusions such as, “That is why I think that . . . “ or “Those are my reasons for . . .”

Be sure to edit for good spelling, good grammar, good punctuation and capitalization and good sentence structure. Once you post the writing, it is online and it can no longer be edited, so be sure it is ready to publish.

Be sure to read your classmate’s blogs and comment on them. You can ask them questions, you can compliment them, or you can agree with their ideas and add on to them. Be supportive to your friends. 

Let’s teach the world about the Underground Railroad and what it was like from different perspectives!

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  1. As the white people passed my station, I began to fear for my life along with the lives of the five other slaves I was sheltering until nightfall. I was a station master for the Underground Railroad which was an organization of people who assisted runaway slaves and helped them escape to the North. My job as a station master was to run a station that gave slaves a place where they could rest, have a hot meal, and stay until it was safe for them to continue. The stations looked like ordinary houses but at night they became safe houses for runaway slaves.

    My job wasn’t the only job volunteers could’ve done. If people really wanted to help, they could have been conductors. Conductors were the people who guided the slaves to the North. They faced challenges and had to be very careful not to get caught. A famous conductor was Harriet Tubman. She never lost a passenger and was never caught, even with a bounty on her head. If others did not want a job that dangerous, they could have been stockholders. A stockholder is someone who donates money, food, clothing, and other things to stations.

    The Underground Railroad was risky and costed several people their lives. On the positive side, it is estimated over 100,000 people escaped slavery through the Underground Railroad. Those who were caught suffered. Stations were burned down with people inside them. Conductors were hung. Slaves were injured. However, some former slaves decided they would become a part of the Underground Railroad, again, like Harriet Tubman. Tubman decided to become a conductor and save her family after reaching Pennsylvania at the age of 29. She had suffered having an owner who had thrown a two pound weight at her head, giving her lifelong health problems like dizzy spells and blackouts. However, she never let that stop her. She successfully made 18 trips on the Underground Railroad and helped over 300 slaves earn their freedom. When she died, it was of old age, not because she was caught on the Underground Railroad and hung. She was not the only conductor on the Underground Railroad. There were many of them and some people never revealed that they were a part of this organization. Revealing your position to anyone outside of the Underground Railroad was risky because it was hard to figure out who you could and could not trust. Being a station master was risky but it was the right thing to do.

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    1. Good factual information, Aleeza. Your opening statement is strong. Are there more reasons as to why you think being a conductor is an important role to play in the Underground Railroad?

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    2. Your topic sentence was very strong and your whole blog by itself was a great and very detailed blog about being a conductor in the Underground Railroad.

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    3. Great job Aleeza! You did very well and gave a lot of detailed information. GREAT JOB!!!

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    4. This is a very deep and detailed blog.Great job Alezza!☺

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    5. Very detailed and informal^_^

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    6. Yes Mr. LaMarr. I guess I forgot some reasons that are clear to me now that I have posted

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    7. Are those reasons something you wish to share? I am curious . . .

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    8. great balance between ideas and factual information.

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    9. Nice topic sentence!!!!!

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    10. Very nice piece of writing

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    11. You had a SUPER AWESOME topic sentence and you did a SUPER AWESOME, VERY AMAZING, and SUPER INTERESTING blog!!!!!!!!

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    12. Are you a super human?...This blog...IS REALLY GOOD

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  2. My Blog I’d want to be a conductor of Underground Railroad and would not be afraid to tell the truth of slavery. I would be a conductor and help slaves escape and run to freedom. Slavery is wrong and I would’ve (if I could’ve) told everyone it was wrong too. I would be a little nervous about consequences but what would be motivating is that I could possibly change mankind.

    Being a conductor (if I was) means taking a lot of risks considering if I got caught. Especially if I were transported children, it would be tough if they are complaining about feet. Helping people to me means alot because no one deserves to be treated this way at all. No matter how many people would come hunting for me, I still would’ve never give up, just like Harriet Tubman. She never ever lost a passenger/ person and she tried so hard to get each slave from one station to another. She helped over 300 slaves escape to Pennsylvania.

    Those times were hard and people were not very trusting Down there in the Underground Railroad. There might have been slave owners down there just waiting for their slaves to appear. It was also hard because some stations were burned down when we got there so we had to keep walking and hope that the next station wasn't ruined as well.
    Being a conductor would be a long journey including the possibility of getting caught but it's worth it to know then I Could be saving runaway slaves.

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    1. Good work, Amiyah! You have a good mix of your thinking with facts. Your three topic sentences do well to outline your paragraphs. Do you think being a conductor on the Underground Railroad matches our definition of heroism?

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    2. I like that you used factual information and good ideas.

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    3. Good Job Amiyah

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    4. Nice blog! I agree, transporting children would be hard, but wouldn't their parents deal with their complaints?

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    5. beautiful writing!

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    6. that is some really strong righting.

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    7. Your topic sentence was REALLY STRONG Amiyah!!!

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  3. In 1850 the United States of America was a very different place; imagine a place where people didn’t have their own freedom that was what it was like so conductors had to help them get there freedom. A conductor had to know where the next station was .It was a risky job because if a conduct got caught they could get hung by slave owners.A station was where a slave could stay the night without being caught an each station was 10-20 miles apart. Conductors would have to get there fast with the slaves or they would get caught by the coon dogs or the slave owners. Slaves were running from their owners because they didn't want to be a slave any more; it was the conductors job to lead them through the Underground Railroad to get to safety. The Underground Railroad was a vast network of homes volunteering to provide food and shelter to the slaves.The good thing about being a conductor was once you save someone you feel good inside. A conductor's job was to lead slaves to freedom some were excellent like Harriet Tubman some weren’t as good but they all were a leader.

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    1. I like the fact that you described the defenition of a conductor on the underground railroad.

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    2. Good summary of what it would be like to be a conductor, Cassius. What are some other reasons why you'd be a conductor on the Underground Railroad?

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    3. Great job Cassius! I like how you explained the difference between the U.S.A. now and the U.S.A in the past.

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    4. Carrie

      Super great job Aleeza

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    5. That was REALLY GREAT Cassius and I REALLY LIKED your conclusion, it was a great way to wrap up your blog!! Your topic sentence was also great!!!

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    6. AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    7. YOU. EXPLAINED. THIS. SO. PERFECTLY. AAAAHHH

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    8. Not again! Sorry that was me commenting! Good job!

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  4. I ran, pacing through the night leading escaped slaves through the woods and avoiding slave catchers. I am a conductor on the underground railroad (a network of escaped slaves going to the north and to freedom). I am a conductor and in my heart I knew that if all people were not treated well then I would never be able to rest or be happy.
    As a conductor I led slaves along to stations where the slaves would stay for days or maybe even weeks. If I was ever caught helping slaves I might be hanged, or worse! I didn't let fear stop me though. I still did what I did even though it was risky and very dangerous. As I ran I thought about someone who inspired me, Harriet Tubman one of the best conductors there is. She helped lots of slaves escape to the North. She led 19 missions on the underground railroad; no one had ever led that many missions before.
    I had finally gotten my passengers to the station and went to get my next group.

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    1. That final sentence in the first paragraph is powerful, Makhai! I like that sentiment very much. Good piece of writing as you seem to be running and you sandwich in the information between the topic and conclusion sentences. Entertaining to read!

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    2. Thanks Mr.Lammar!I'm glad you like it!

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    3. Great Job Makhai

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    4. Nice job Makhai! I like how you wrote as if you were actually a conductor witnessing all of this.

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    5. fantastico Makhai!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    6. That was VERY POWERFUL and I like the way you included Hariet Tubman!!

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    7. That was cool I like the way you included Harriet Tubman.

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    8. I like the way you included Harriet Tubman.

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  5. From Conductor Kash

    Since I love to blog, I am looking to expand my horizons based on my recent studies. I am going to be blogging about slaves in this episode of my blog. If I receive enough interest and feedback I may look to expand it into a vlog. For purposes of this journey, I think it would be important to be a conductor of the Underground Railroad. I believe this role would serve a valuable purpose and save many lives. I would be willing to risk my own life in the role of the conductor for the purpose of saving slaves and their freedom.

    I am intent on doing this based on my studies and inspiration from Harriet Tubman. Mrs. Tubman helped over 300 slaves escape slavery and their owners. In the process of this escape she didn’t lose one slave and nobody lost their life. Her inspiration has motivated me and helped me better understand that slavery is wrong. I think the freedom of slaves is the right thing to do and the slaves with no freedom is wrong on many levels.

    I have learned that Canada is a better place at this time for slaves to enjoy their freedom and have a better life. As a result, I would make it my mission to all the slaves I could get to Canada through the underground railroad. I believe making trips through the Underground Railroad from tunnel to tunnel stopping for safety and food to help my slaves survive would be the safest route and allow us to travel without being caught. I would do this at night and be very cautious to reduce the risk of being caught by the slave owners and potentially hung for the crime. While I know these tasks would be very risky and scary it would all be worth it to provide people a better life.

    My ultimate goal would be to work very hard to hopefully save more than 5000 slaves from the current conditions of the owners. I think I would help all slaves who had the courage. I would work hard to not have them get caught. I would try and hide them in my station, feeding them good food, provide guidance through the underground railroad and help them get to Canada where they have more freedom and could live a better life.

    I know in my heart being a conductor would be a risky job knowing all the consequences. However, for me as a conductor helping the slaves have freedom would be what matters the most. I believe this because for me, having slaves abused does not make me happy at all. I would help these slaves have what they probably want the most, Freedom! This is how I would help slaves get their freedom. This is an important topic and we need to work together to make this happen. Join me in freeing the slaves!

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    1. awesome work Kash!

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    2. GREAT JOB KASH, YOU DID AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    3. nice job Kash! Great information/thinking.

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    4. I like how you said what you think about your role along with the facts.

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    5. Thank you everybody for the support I worked very hard.

      Your Friend Kash

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    6. That was very inspirational and would make people stand up against slavery

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    7. This is so powerfully written! Very nice

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  6. Great job Kash!! it's very imfornational!! Nice. It's also inspirational.
    From-makhai

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    1. Thanks Makhai a lot of work as you know

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  7. That is an incredible piece of writing, Kash! You have done a great job of mixing your ideas with facts, and a reader can very easily see what a dedicated conductor you are in your writing. This is not only educational for a reader, but you have truly entertained a reader while he or she learns. Impressive work!

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  8. Bringing slaves to freedom

    I am a conductor on the Underground Railroad. I help slaves travel to find their freedom. Sometimes I pretend to be a slave owner so I can go to slaves to tell them how far to travel, and guide them northward. We often had to travel 10 to 20 miles at night to get to the first or next station. It is very dangerous for me to get caught. Slave owners will put me in jail because of the Fugitive Slave Act which passed in 1850. But it is more dangerous for the slaves because when they're brought back to their owners,the slave owners might cut their foot off. The Fugitive Slave Act says that slaves who run away to the north have to get sold back to the south,so now runaway slaves go all the way up to Canada.I escorted 247 slaves to freedom. I was first a conductor when I was 22. I have met Harriet Tubman. She was the one who inspired me to become a conductor. Harriet Tubman is a very well known conductor. Slave owners said who ever caught her would be rewarded $40,000!

    I take these risks, and so do the slaves. It’s not fair for them to suffer. I hope after their long journey they will have a better life than they used to have.

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    1. Great Job Faisal

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    2. Your ending is great, Faisal. It seems to sum up why you would help lead slaves to freedom as a conductor. Good information in your blog!

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    3. I like how you added so much information, but it all summed up your final statement.

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    4. I would be a conductor too Faisal.

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  9. Amy

    In the early 1800s, I chose to be a conductor on the Underground Railroad. The Underground Railroad was a secret system of people, homes, and hideouts to help slaves escape to freedom in the Northern United States and Canada. In this system, fugitive slaves were referred to as parcels or passengers. Homes that provided shelter to the slaves were called stations or depots. Stationmasters were those who ran the stations, and conductors were regular people who moved runaway slaves from one station to another. I was a wagon driver conductor carrying passengers to the next town. Often I had to disguise my passengers in different clothes. Some conductors were steamboat workers, and some would travel into the deep South to give escaping directions for slaves. Others led slaves through dark forests until they reached freedom.

    I wanted to be a good conductor on the Underground Railroad similar to Harriet Tubman because she helped more than 300 slaves to safety. Harriet Tubman was known as "Moses of Her People". She would not let slaves lie down on the ground and complain of the journey North. Harriet Tubman had a pistol, and she would point at their heads to get them moving and tell them, "Dead niggers tell no tales; you go on or die!"

    As a conductor on the Underground Railroad, my job required me to be very brave, courageous, intelligent, and skillful to keep my passengers safe from slave hunters. If I got caught, I would have to pay a heavy fine, or face death by hanging. However, I did all my best and gladly helped every slave I could, and I was proud to be a conductor on the Underground Railroad.

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    1. Great ending to discuss what your personal thoughts about being a conductor are. Your final sentence is strong, Amy.

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    2. I love the way you added those details on Harriet Tubman, I never knew about her nickname, or her pistol. Those details only make me like her more.

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  10. Run For Freedom



    If I was a slave I would be forced to live in many inhuman conditions without rights, hopes, or dreams for the future. For example, my master would make me pick cotton all day long in the hot sun. I would have to sleep on the dirty and bumpy floor. I would get beaten if I didn’t work hard enough. In the 1800s, the United States of America was divided about the concept of slavery. The North did not want slaves and tried to help them. The South however, wanted slaves to work for them all day in the farms where they grew cotton, rice, and corn. The North helped rescue thousands of slaves with the assistance of the Underground Railroad. I wasn’t allowed to learn how to read or write. All in all, my master would own my life and my family’s lives, and to me that is not at all the right thing to do.

    If I was treated as badly as a slave, I would soon build up the courage to attempt to escape the horror of slavery. Knowing that escaping was risky and dangerous, if I was caught, I would be returned to my master and severely punished. First of all, I would head North to the states that didn’t believe in slavery. At night, I would follow the North Star. Then, I would travel for many miles at night before reaching the first station with the help of a conductor. A conductor is a person that helps me move from from station to station. A station is a house where I would hide and rest. The people who ran these stations on the Underground Railroad would give me food and instructions on where the next station was located. Then my conductor and I would travel in the dark of night and pick up fruits and corn along the way. About 100,000 slaves escaped, me being one of them, because I ran for freedom.


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    1. Well done, Alejandro! You offer a point of view no one has yet offered, and that is from the runaway slave's perspective. You have good thoughts about what it would be like to run; I couldn't imagine how scared those people must have been. Good closing sentence, and I like the idea of running for freedom.

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    2. You give good details about what would happen to aslave if they ran away. You ��! Great job!

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    3. Alejandro that was amazing! The way you wrote it makes me see it happen in my mind.

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    4. Alejandro, so well written, congrats!

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    5. I feel like I should have written more

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    6. I should of written more

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    7. amazing job Alejandro! Awesome writing.

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    8. Alejandro-it's not necessarily how much you write, it's what you say in the words you write. You wrote just fine. First blog of the year-I think you did great! If you want to write more next time, that's awesome!

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    9. Alejandro very well written. It seems you are very passionate about this subject! If you had been a slave in those times I am sure you would have escaped because of your perseverance!! Well done!

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    10. Thank you everyone for the support, I appreciate it!

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    11. I can't believe how much you wrote!!!

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    12. Sorry, I meant to say that to Carrie

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  11. Oops! I repeated the word from! My bad!

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    1. @ Alejandro: It happens-those are easy to miss before you publish!

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  12. I want nothing to do with the Underground Railroad.
    The reasons are, if I was a slave and I was caught in the Underground Railroad there are severe consequences like,the slave owners would chop of runaway slaves feet,and they could whip slaves backs.If I was a Conductor and I was caught I would get hung or basically be killed. If I was a station manager the station could be located and be burnt to a crisp, and so I would die as the station is being burnt. If I had nothing to do with the Underground Railroad I would just have a normal non slave involved life. Because of these frightening fates, I would avoid being part of the Underground Railroad.

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    1. I forgot to put my name
      -Emily

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    2. I like your work.

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    3. The Underground Railroad would require great risk, for sure. You have analyzed the different parts of the system well, Emily. I agree that the fates are frightening.

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    4. They wouldn't always chop their foot off but it,this is a good report!!!�� Makhai

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    5. I agree, Makhai. Not always were the punishments the same. That's why blogs need to say, "the owners might cut the slave's foot off." Good point!

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    6. I guess your point of view is safer than the others. I never really thought of it that way.

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    7. nice Emily I know I spelt your name worng

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    8. Very nice writing. It is really powerful writing.

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    9. That is all true! I like how you show all the positions had negative parts but the one you chose!!

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  13. If I was a part of the Underground Railroad in the 1800’s I would be a conductor. In the 1800’s slavery was going on and there was a woman named Harriet Tubman who would’ve inspired me to be a conductor.

    I would be inspired by her because she saved many slaves and I would have loved to do that too. Being a conductor includes many risks slaves and conductors would have to not get caught by their slave owner and not get their “passengers” caught. Not only that but there would be many other obstacles ahead for the slaves and conductors. The Underground Railroad wasn’t actually a railroad though. It was a series of stations. It had 10-20 miles in between every station,and the slaves would have to walk to the houses or stations and rest there for however long they needed, then they would keep going. They would do this with a conductor to guide the way. During the Underground Railroad existence the Civil War started.That meant the slaves would have to go all the way to Canada to be completely safe. They would have to do that since the Civil War was a war against people who wanted and didn’t want slavery. Therefore the slaves would have to be careful just in case the people who wanted slavery caught them they would have to be enslaved again. The conductor would always have to keep an eye out for slave owners. The consequences would be severe if they were caught even before the Civil War. It wasn’t easy at all, but nothing stopped the slaves from getting their freedom. No matter what I would fight for my passengers. They did not deserve to be treated the way they were.

    As a conductor I would risk my life for other slaves. When a conductor started a “mission” or started taking slaves to freedom they would be risking their life every time. In that I mean that on any of their “missions” slave owners could catch them, they or their “passenger” could starve. So many things could happen but me as a conductor I wouldn’t care. No matter what I would have sympathy for the slaves I was helping, I would get my slaves to safety in any life or death situation. As a conductor that would be the mindset they’d have to have as they were taking their slaves to freedom. If they didn’t have a mindset along those lines they would have a smaller chance of making it. If anything they would have no chance. As a slave and a conductor they would have to believe in each other. The slave believing that the conductor would get them to freedom. The conductor believing that the slave wouldn’t lag behind. Therefore both believing in each other.

    My ultimate goal as a conductor would be to help slaves get their freedom. That was my point here to explain that. A conductor helps slaves get their well earned freedom. If i was a slave that would be a savior to me. But as a slave you would have to have serious courage to even start this risky trip, once I started there would be no going back. As intimidating as that could be, it would be better than slavery for sure.

    I know if I was to be part of the underground railroad I would push to help slaves become better on their way to freedom. I would make sure their family got to safety along with them. I would make sure everything was safe before my “passenger” came along. I would encourage them to become conductors and to help others in the future. But most of all I would get them there without a doubt because that was my one job and I would do it no matter what stood in my way.


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    1. Your blog shows a great amount of thinking, Nassali! You have truly analyzed the role of the conductor and developed some great ideas about what it would be like in that position. I like the passion you show about being the person who leads others to freedom.

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    2. Nice one Nassali! I like that you convince the reader that being a conductor was the right thing to do, and support it.

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    3. i like it Nassali i really know why you wanted to be a conductor

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    4. wow with that info i would think you were Hariet Tubman jr.

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    5. thanks guys. Els I love your comment!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  14. nice job Nassali your blog has developed a lot of thinking and is very detailed

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  15. Thank you very much for those kind comments!

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  16. Carrie

    Don’t go tell the slave owners or they would hang me! I help runaway slaves escape. I keep them hidden in my house during daylight hours. That makes me a station master on the Underground Railroad. We are a secret system of station masters, conductors, and runaway slaves. Some of us have rewards for our capture. I am happy that around thirty thousand slaves have escaped and many of them were aided by me and my station. I hope someday all slaves will be free and and able to do what they want.

    I want to help slaves see the world of freedom, but I am least likely to get caught in my own house. If someone sees the slaves in my house I can say they’re visitors. Would you kill someone for having guests? A visitor is normal but running with slaves in the middle of the night is suspicious. Conductors lead runaway slaves to the next station or house at night. They must guide fugitive slaves ten to twenty miles a night. If you were caught running with slaves in the middle of the night, could you make up an excuse on the spot, or would fear get the best of you? I have survived this long because the slaves I host are in my house, not out in the night.

    Runaway slaves are very brave. They go through harsh treatment and then risk everything to run away. This could involve a conductor disguised as a slave. If the slave owner finds their slave gone, then they would probably catch the slave in seconds. If the fugitive slave escapes the grasp of the slave owners, then they must make it through the slave hunters. Slave hunters are people that hunt runaway slaves and return them to their slave owners. I had the choice to hunt courageous slaves that are working so hard for freedom, but I think everyone should be equal.

    My job on the Underground Railroad is risky. If I get caught, I will get hung. However the risk is worth it because I am helping people to freedom.

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    1. Good writing, Carrie. There seems to be a feeling of suspense that makes me want to read the next line. The opening of your piece definitely hooks a reader. Well done!

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    2. Thanks a lot !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    3. l like your information Carrie. Great concluding paragraph.

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    4. I think so too Nassali!

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    5. Thanks everyone! Yours were great too!!!

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    6. REALLY great information Carrie! Aaaawwwwweeeesssssoooommmmeeeeee!!!

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    7. Oops...that is me who commented! -Selena

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    8. GREAT BLOG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  17. Slavery! Well that’s not right. I am a conductor who helped slaves earn their freedom. I think slavery is not a good thing. Slavery is not acceptable because people owning other people is not acceptable. All people are equal. One person is not better than another person.
    Many slaves escaped using the Underground Railroad. The Underground Railroad is not a subterranean train. It is an undercover network of houses, also known as stations. We know houses as a structure that single families live in. A station is more like a hotel where slaves could hide out from their owners. Slaves would run away from their owners and go to these stations. The slaves would move from station to station, trying to get to freedom. The slave owners knew about the Underground Railroad. They just didn’t know what houses were a part of it. Sometimes when the slaves were moving from station to station, they would come upon a station that was burned down. Sometimes the slave owners would learn about a house that was part of the Underground Railroad. When they did, they might burn the station and hang the people running it.
    The Fugitive Slave Law eventually came into play. According to this law, if any former slaves or other African American living in the North got caught, they would be sent away to the court. The judge would then decide whether or not they were runaway slaves. The judge would get five dollars if they announced “not a slave” and ten dollars if they announced “slave.” This was a lot of money back then so guess which decision the judges would make? They would decide slave even when African Americans were not former slaves. Once this decision was made, they would be forced to become a slave even if they had never been a slave in their life. Sometimes people had to go all the way to Canada to get away from the Fugitive Slave Law.
    Some people were abolitionists. Abolitionists are people like me who do not believe in slavery and want to get rid of it. Pennsylvania was the first state to abolish slavery.
    As I said, I am a conductor on the Underground Railroad. I help slaves get to the North so they can be free. As a conductor, I keep an open mind and move forward on my missions without thinking twice. I never give up on my missions, no matter how dangerous they become. I chose this role because I wanted to help slaves live freely. I think that all people should be free to make their own decisions. Harriet Tubman inspired me to take on this role. She inspired me because she helped 300 slaves earn their freedom. Slave owners and others who believed in slavery offered a reward of $40,000 to anyone who could catch her. Harriet Tubman never lost a single passenger when she was helping people through the Underground Railroad. I hope I inspired you to see that all people are equal and all deserve to live freely.

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    1. You've taught a reader a lot about the topic of the underground railroad, Edan! Your final paragraph does well to show your thinking and your dedication. You are very firm in your beliefs about how wrong slavery is; that comes through loudly. Nicely done!

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    2. thank you Mr. Lamarr

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    3. Edan, I learned a lot by reading your blog! I didn't know that stations that were part of the Underground Railroad were like hotels. I didn't realize that Harriet Tubman never lost a single passenger. Harriet Tubman is inspiring and I am glad to learn that she inspired you as well!

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    4. I like the way you state your opinion right away!

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    5. You put alot of personality into this! And you are firm with your beliefs

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    6. You are very confident Edan!

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  18. Life being a conductor of the Underground Railroad is stressful and very risky. Being a conductor of the underground railroad is stressful because everyone is depending on the conductor to get them to Pennsylvania, Mexico, or Canada. Another reason being a conductor of the underground railroad is stressful is because the conductor is under a lot of pressure. If the conductor gets caught they will be killed, so every time the conductors try to save a slave, they will be risking their life too. Being a conductor of the underground railroad is also very risky because there is a slight chance the conductor can be turned back into a slave or they can be hung. Being a conductor is also risky because if the conductor forgot where the station is the conductor and some slaves might walk right back into their slave owner.

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    1. I agree that being a conductor would carry a lot of stress. Can you imagine what those people had to feel when they were moving slaves during the night? The risk would make it so stressful. Good points, Ravyn.

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    2. Informational,Rayvn

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    3. good defenition of a conductor. makhai

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    4. That is very good.I like how you explaned where the conductors have to go to get the slaves to freedom

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    5. That was very intense and interesting!!!!!

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    6. You made this sssooo interesting!

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  19. It was the in the middle of the 1800s, and I was leading a group of slaves to freedom on the Underground Railroad. If I could choose to be someone in the 1800s, I would be a conductor. I could help people be free and let the slaves live their own lives. Another reason why I would be a conductor is because being a conductor is unique and helpful for people. A conductor would be leading slaves to other stations. The slaves would have to sleep in the day because they would be walking ten to twenty miles each night. Slaves would be following the conductor to get to their freedom. Being a conductor is very risky though. If conductors were caught, they could be hung. As for Harriet Tubman, she was never caught, and she helped over 300 slaves become free. I would also become a conductor because slaves would no longer have to work for owners if I led them to freedom. As a conductor I would be helping everybody who wanted to be free. People should know that slavery is unfair and unjust. Slave owners wanted to capture any conductor they could. Harriet Tubman was a great conductor. She persuades me that being a conductor can help many slaves to be free. Being a conductor would be risky, but conductors should always be willing to help other people who are in need.

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    1. I like the idea you have in your conclusion sentence. Can that idea be extended beyond just helping people who are escaping slavery? I like the idea that we always help people in need. Nice thought, Nari!

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    2. murphya1834@student.sanjuan.eduSeptember 25, 2018 at 11:11 AM

      Not Bad Nari

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    3. best writing ever.

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    4. your right being a conductor would be risky.I like your conclusion sentence it is a very nice way to rap things up.

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    5. This is so unique Nari! Really good

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  20. It's the late 1800s and I am in my station watching people pass through the window as I’m hiding a couple of runaway slaves. I don't want them to get caught because I know what they have been through and I think slavery is wrong. I think this because slaves are abused by their owners and are made to do work for no pay. They are treated like they are not people.

    I am a conductor. I chose to be a conductor because I know what it feels like to be a slave. I was a slave once and would rather die than be a slave ever again. I was sold away from my family and wasn’t allowed to be with them. My former owner abused me by hitting me with a whip which hurt a lot.

    I risk my life and my own freedom to help any runaway slave looking for freedom too. No one deserves to be owned by any person and everyone deserves a chance to be free. All people are equal and should be treated that way. I am doing my part to make that happen for anyone I can help.

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    1. Good ideas, Westyn. Your second paragraph does well to show why you would be a conductor. I agree with your ideas that everyone should be treated as equals. Helping people achieve freedom would surely fit our definition of heroism.

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  21. During 1810-1860 there was something called the Underground Railroad. The Underground Railroad was not a railroad, it was a large group of people and stations that slaves in the southern United States used to escape to freedom.

    If I were on the Underground Railroad I would be a conductor and it would be a difficult, important, and dangerous job. A conductor helps slaves get to freedom. Conductors have to go 10-20 miles to help slaves get to the next station which was a safe place for slaves. Harriet Tubman was a conductor on the Underground Railroad and she led about 300 slaves to freedom.

    Being a conductor is dangerous. People were rewarding slave hunters with $40,000 if they caught Harriet. After the Fugitive Slave Act, there was no safe place in the United States for the slaves, so the conductors had to lead the slaves all the way to Canada. The Fugitive Slave Act said that if they found a slave in the free states they had to be returned to their owner in the south. The conductors had to look out for slave hunters because if they caught the slaves and the conductors, the slaves get returned to the owner and the conductor gets killed. A conductor is a difficult, dangerous, and important job which I would have done to lead slaves to freedom.

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    1. yeah good job sean

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    2. I agree that the job of a conductor would be difficult and dangerous. What do you think would be the most difficult part, Sean?

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  22. If I were running on the underground railroad I would be a conductor. I would be a conductor because I would help slaves get their freedom. Even though it was dangerous, I would be willing to sacrifice myself for the runaway slaves. Conductors could be hung if the slave owners found them. Sometimes they had a lot of slaves in their home, conductos fed and gave shelter to the slaves that were there. Slaves would sometimes stay in the house for days until it was safe to travel to the next home. Homes where slaves stayed were called stations. One conductor was Harriet Tubman, she helped 300 slaves get their freedom. Slaves sometimes had nice owners, others had mean owners. When slaves worked, it was harsh. Sometimes conductors were runaway slaves, sometimes they were random people. Conductors helped slaves escape on the underground railroad.

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    1. Good overview of what being a conductor was like, Jinjoo. What do you think would be the hardest part?

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  23. Good job Jinjoo I like this

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    1. nice job Jinjoo realy good righting

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  24. If I was to work on the Underground Railroad, I would want to be a conductor. I would want to be a conductor because a conductor on the Underground Railroad leads slaves to freedom with integrity and grit. Leading a slave to freedom would be amazing. If I were to be a conductor, I’d want to lead the slaves so that they can live by their own rules at their own home. If I led them to freedom, they could get married, or go to school. Even though the dangers of being a conductor are bad. I could get caught, and the conductors get in bigger trouble than the slaves because the slaves may have tried to escape, but the conductors helped the slaves escape. The owners spent good money on them slaves, and they don’t want any slaves escaping. The dangers are still worth it because even though I might die, I would have saved people, and that is all that matters.

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    1. NICE WORK ETAI??????????????

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    2. that makes so much sense both the the worry and bravery

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    3. What do you think would be the biggest challenge a conductor would face as they try to get people to freedom? Good ideas about what free people can do that enslaved people cannot, Etai.

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  25. I’m would lead runaway slaves to freedom through the underground railroad, a massive network that slaves can escape through. It doesn't make sense that one person can own another person. So If I could help the runaways run to freedom, I would. I would lead the slaves the 10-20 miles to the next station.

    This would be the one of the most risky jobs I could take.
    I would risk being hanged by the slave owners and still try to help the runaways. They needed help I could supply. So I would supply help.

    There was no reward, but the slaves being free was reward enough.

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    1. what would you be joey

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    2. I like you last sentence it was very powerfull.

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    3. I like the final sentence where a successful job is the only reward you'd need. Good closing, Joey.

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  26. I would like to be a station master to help slaves rest and hide while going along the Underground Railroad. Someone’s house or an arranged hiding spot is the only place slaves can hide from slave hunters. That is why the job I want is very useful to slaves. I like risk and adventure whether it’s dangerous or just for fun. A job like this requires dedication and to be alert at all times, because if I’m not alert I won’t know when a slave needs to get in my house. I need to be dedicated to being alert, to the slave, and to everyone else on the railroad. I’ve always been dedicated to things I love, and I’m always alert.

    The Underground Railroad has always fascinated me. The dedication and courage from the people on the Railroad was amazing, and I wished I could be a part of it. The Underground Railroad is so creative too! They came up with names like calling slaves passengers or cargo, and the name “Underground Railroad” itself. “Underground” came from the secrecy. While “Railroad” came from the way they transported people. The slaves would sing songs to communicate and I love communicating in special ways! However, Life on the Underground Railroad wasn’t easy, for slaves would have to travel miles on foot just to get to the place where they could gather themselves up and rest. As for my job, we would have to care for slaves day after day. We would get hardly any sleep. But we were still saving them and that’s what matters most. Besides life bring many challenges and we deal with them.

    As Harriet Tubman once said “I have never lost a single passenger.” She pushed them to keep going and they did. They might have lost hope once, but Harriet brought it back again. Harriet Tubman is my a hero to me. She helped tons of people, she showed courage in saving them, she never gave up, and she faced many obstacles. She was just so brave and I have faith in myself that I can make a difference too. I never want someone to be treated so poorly even though they are as human as the slave owner!

    Slave owners make me sick and for this reason I would want to help on the railroad. I, out of my own desire to stop slavery, would be willing to step in front of the slave and get killed while the slave runs. Many slaves would rather die than stay a slave and once they are free, they never want to look back. Once I’ve freed all the slaves, then I would look back and see that not only did I help all the slaves get through, but I made a difference in the history of California. I know that I would be proud and happy for this. This is something that made a difference, something that saved slaves! The Underground Railroad.

    The true reason I would be the one to take in and hide the slaves is this: there is no such thing as wrong or right, only the thing that you think is right. So I would fight for what I know is right. Some people are just oblivious to the harm they cause. People working for the railroad tried to get slaves out these peoples grasps. I would fight through any grasp for a slave to see freedom. I believe that no matter how much money,strength,or math skills they have, it does not mean they are better than another person. We are all humans, so we should be treated the same. All of this is what I would say to anyone who asked me. I’m just glad that we could put an end to slavery.

    Overall, I like to think I am compassionate with others such as slaves. I would always go against slavery no matter what. I am dedicated and determined to do something that makes a difference. I would do whatever it takes to save the slaves.

    - In hopes of making a difference, Selena

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    1. amazing depth and thickness

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    2. I love your last paragraph Selena,great job overall.

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    3. every thing you said was very accurate

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    4. That was really great and very detailed! I enjoyed it and I only have one question, you said money, strength, and math skills, but why math skills? It was great and I like how in depth it goes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    5. I love it Selena! It really shows the fact that you want to be a station manager.

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    6. All the paragraphs have good information. But why mAh skills? I don't get it?

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    7. Wow! This really shows what ideas a person can develop when she or he stops and thinks about a topic in a thorough way! Your dedication and passion to being a station master are clear, Selena, and I believe that you would truly fight to make a difference in the lives of slaves. Impressive piece of writing!

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    8. I have to admit I did not know what to wright when I put "math skills"! I got to say...that's pretty funny! Thank for the kind comments that I have now and in the future to come!

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    9. Seriously!? I put unknown AGAIN wow.

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    10. I interpreted the math skills part to mean, in the context you gave, no matter what abilities or talents a person has, no one should be thought of as better than another. To me, you could have said science skills, reading skills, PE skills, and so on; the point would have been the same.

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  27. I want to be an Underground Railroad conductor because I would be helping people have better lives. In slavery slaves were whipped or beaten if they didn’t do what they were told to do by their owner. Sometimes a slave child’s owner would sell his mother or his father to another slave owner and the child or children might never see them again.

    If I am a conductor,I might find myself in a forest where I am hiding four slaves. My passengers are hungry for we are running out of food. We are at the edge of the forest now and we are close to a station. I can see it in the distance. It is a log cabin with a broken window and rot in the roof. If a slave catcher caught me, he would have me hanged. If a slave catcher caught any of my passengers, he would cut off their feet so they couldn’t run away again and their owners would whip them very harshly. When slaves are free, they can make themselves better lives ,rather than harsh lives where they have to do whatever their told and can’t make their own decisions and money.



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    1. Great length, not so long it loses its point, but not so short it doesn't explain your point!!!

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    2. This is so...Brilliant! Good length too!

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    3. I like the story you have built into the second paragraph, Eli. There is a sense of suspense, just like being a conductor brings.

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  28. It felt like we had been walking for hours, and I didn’t know how I would get the slaves to the next station. I would like to be a conductor for the Underground Railroad because I would like to help many slaves escape for freedom. I would help slaves escape by leading them from station to station. Harriet Tubman was a famous conductor for the Underground Railroad. She escaped using the Underground Railroad, then came back to help other slaves escape. She helped over 300 slaves escape, and was wanted for $40,000. The slaves would have to walk for 10 to 20 miles to get to each station.The workers would usually have to travel at night and sleep at day. Slaves would have to keep a light load and they would have little food. If I was a conductor, the slaves and I would have to eat whatever we could find along the way such as berries, duck eggs, and nuts. After the fugitive slave law was made, it got harder for everyone on the Underground Railroad. People would donate money because it would be suspicious if there were people walking in ripped, ragged clothes. If a conductor got caught they would be hanged.

    Even though there could be some hardships I would still like to be a conductor for the Underground Railroad. I think that it is unfair for another person to treat another person like they are their property. If I could have helped the world be a better place back then I would have.

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    1. This is really good! I like how it's sort of a story telling fashion!

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    2. Love your topic sentence. Great job!

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    3. This sounds like a great story and it has good information!^_^

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  29. Hi, I am a white man who lives in Ohio, and while I think it is wrong to hunt slaves, I also fear for my own safety if I were to help them. I don’t think that one man should own another person, but certain laws make it dangerous to help slaves. I’ve learned for personal experiences the dangers of being a stationmaster or a conductor of the underground railroad.

    I once knew a nice guy that helped slaves by giving them money, food, and shelter, in that proces, slave hunters came and burnt his house down, it got burnt down with him inside the house. It was nice living in a free state because you could help slaves all you want, then the Fugitive Slave Act was passed and made it dangerous for us to help the slaves.

    I feel bad that I do not help the slaves, but I am too concerned about my own life that I do not want to suffer the horrible consequences of getting involved with the underground railroad. Overall, the risks were just too high for me. I hope that in the future all people get treated equally, and that slavery is made illegal in all states.


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  30. BRYAN


    I liked being a conductor so I can help people to obtain their freedom. Although I could die while helping the slaves, it is worth the risk. The Underground Railroad was opened from 1810-1860 about 30,000 slaves out of 100,000 escaped during the fugitive slave act in 1850. I was proud to be a part of the underground railroad. I do not believe in slavery because I do not believe people should be hurt and treated like a piece of property. I also think white and black people should be treated the same. I did not want anyone to be treated like slaves or be slaves. There were many risks while helping slaves but every slave I helped made everything worthwhile. Harriet Tubman was a big inspiration for my life. I was a conductor because I wanted people to have a better life.


    I really enjoyed my time as a conductor. I enjoyed my time as a conductor because I helped so many people and saved so many lives. I was inspired by many other conductors, like Harriet Tubman. Harriet Tubman saved over 300 slaves lives and I helped more. She never lost a passenger, a human and she never failed her or her passenger. I love helping slaves so everyone can be free. There should be no slaves because no one deserves that treatment.

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    1. Love it. Good structural balances with the flows of your paragraphs.

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  31. Why I chose to be a conductor of the Underground Railroad, my reasons and my inspiration.

    A conductor helps people escape and get to freedom, and I like helping people. Even though being a conductor is risky because if you got caught you would be hanged and killed, I would still do it. One man owned by another is wrong! Black or white, a man is a man and everybody should be treated equally. No man should be treated badly because of their race or religion.

    Harriet Tubman is one of my inspirations because she was a slave and became a conductor to help her family and fellow slaves escape. She never lost a slave and brought over 300 to freedom throughout the 19 missions she made for the Underground Railroad. The reward for her capture grew to 40,000 dollars because she was so successful.

    Being a conductor was hard and dangerous because they had to travel 10 to 20 miles to get to each station while traveling by night and making sure the coon dogs did catch their scent. Conductors could barely see anything, and sometimes the station would be burnt down, or there would be catchers waiting. They had to keep going, running constantly, and if they ran out of food they would have to gather nuts and berries from the sides of the trail. On occasion they could catch fish from a lake. Sometimes they couldn’t find any food, but they still had to keep moving to avoid being caught. Even though there were huge risks, most conductors would do it not once, but many times to help as many slaves get to freedom as they could.

    Even though there is no money reward, and there might be a large prize for someone to catch you, getting slaves to freedom is a big enough reward to risk my life.

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  32. I love the structure of your paragraphs.

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