The Underground Railroad: Navigate The Journey From Slavery To Freedom With 25 Projects by Judy Dodge CummingsThe Underground Railroad: Navigate The Journey From Slavery To Freedom With 25 Projects by Judy Dodge Cummings

The Underground Railroad: Navigate The Journey From Slavery To Freedom With 25 Projects

byJudy Dodge CummingsIllustratorTom Casteel

Paperback | February 14, 2017

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Imagine leaving everything you've ever known-your friends, family, and home-to travel along roads you've never seen before, getting help from people you've never met before, with the constant threat of capture hovering over your every move. Would you risk your life on the Underground Railroad to gain freedom from slavery?In The Underground Railroad: Navigate the Journey from Slavery to Freedom, readers ages 9 to 12 examine how slavery developed in the United States and what motivated abolitionists to work for its destruction. The Underground Railroad was a network of secret routes and safe houses operated by conductors and station masters, both black and white. Readers follow true stories of enslaved people who braved patrols, the wilderness, hunger, and their own fear in a quest for freedom.In The Underground Railroad, readers dissect primary sources, including slave narratives and runaway ads. Projects include composing a song with a hidden message and navigating by reading the nighttime sky. Amidst the countless tragedies that centuries of slavery brought to African Americans lie tales of hope, resistance, courage, sacrifice, and victory-truly an American story.
Judy Dodge Cummings has taught American history for 25 years. She has a BA in Broadfield Social Studies and an MFA in Creative Writing for Children and Teens. She is the author of The American Revolution: Experience the Battle for Independence and Human Migration: Investigate the Global Journey of Humankind for Nomad Press. T...
Title:The Underground Railroad: Navigate The Journey From Slavery To Freedom With 25 ProjectsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:128 pages, 10 × 8 × 0.26 inPublished:February 14, 2017Publisher:Nomad PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1619304902

ISBN - 13:9781619304901


Table of Contents

Introduction: The Freedom Train
Chapter 1: The Peculiar Institution
Chapter 2: Resistance
Chapter 3: Laying the Tracks
Chapter 4: Navigating the Freedom Trail
Chapter 5: Treacherous Travel
Chapter 6: Courageous Collaborators

Editorial Reviews

This book opens with an explanation of what slavery is and what the abolitionist movement was. It will help readers glimpse what life was like for enslaved people, and how they fought the system that shackled them. The cool thing about this book: it's like going on a field trip into the past. As with any expedition, you'll want to grab your notebook and pencil to record ideas, observations, and reactions as you work through the activities. There are 20 activities, starting with how tointerpret statistics. Though graphs and statistics help put huge numbers into perspective (11.3 million enslaved men, women, and children brought to the Americas) they are impersonal. So how do you put a human face on the people who suffered? Other activities include making a hoe cake, creating your own abolitionist broadside, writing coded messages, and learning navigation skills. Through the reading, we get to know Frederick Douglass, Isaac Hopper and his society of abolitionists, black businessmen who put themselves in danger to help fugitives, and Harriet Tubman. Excerpts of primary sources and links to online primary sources help connect readers to historic events.I really admire how the author has taken a tough topic and approached it from an educators' standpoint. This well-written and researched book comes complete with detailed timelines, facts and 20 different Underground Railroad related projects. Judy also gets extra coolness points for living in Minnesota (like me) for a while.