The Underground Railroad (Shared Stories of the Civil War)

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January 25, 2014, 2:00 PM CT

We understand from history that the Underground Railroad had to be secret. Who would want to be caught running away, and face the lash or be auctioned away from loved ones as punishment? Who would want to let loose the secret, and be responsible for bungling a runaway's plea for help and watching him or her be captured? Operatives, holding to their own code of moral law, risked fearful penalties by defying federal and state laws which favored slaveholders. Nowhere in the United States was the Underground Railroad more dangerous than in western Missouri and eastern Kansas in the late 1850s.

The Underground Railroad in Missouri and Kansas is part of the Shared Stories of the Civil War Reader's Theater project, a partnership between the Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area and the Kansas Humanities Council.

Fort Scott National Historic Site
PO Box 918
Fort Scott, KS 66701-0918
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Sponsored by: Fort Scott National Historic Site

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