Underground Railroad Thesis

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The famous abolitionist Harriet Tubman once said “Never wound a snake; kill it.” She was hoping to end a threat created by the people supporting slavery. Harriet Tubman was a “conductor” on Underground Railroad. This Underground Railroad, contrary to as it seems, was not truly train tracks under the surface; it was a system of secret routes and houses that were scattered all across the United States. The goal of the Underground Railroad was to contribute to the freeing of slaves from the southern slave states of the United States. Henry County, Iowa, and specifically Salem, Iowa, were huge “stations” in the Underground Railroad. These stations were used to temporarily hide slaves, and then move them to another station until they are safely …show more content…
Henry county has been forever changed by the Underground Railroad, because it was a focal point in the changing nation. However, the Underground Railroad was not just a physical force in ending slavery. It was just as much of an idea, of a vision for a better future, that changed the minds of the people of America. These people contributing to the Underground Railroad would be punished very severely if they were caught, and they knew it. Therefore, they chose to disobey the laws that, if broken, had severe consequences, just because they knew that they needed to do the right thing. This is why the United States is what it is today. The famous Martin Luther King Jr. once said “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” This was not just the dream of Martin Luther King Jr. It was the dream of all of the brave men and women that risked their lives in order to give others who had been enslaved by tyranny, and kept hopeless for years. These people wanted equality for all, and they were not going to surrender to hate. They chose to aid those in need by choosing the Underground