How Did Slaves Find a Route to Freedom?

And Other Questions about the Underground Railroad

From the Series Six Questions of American History

  • Interest Level: Grade 4 - Grade 6   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 5

In the early 1800s, many black slaves in the southern states began to risk their lives to gain freedom in the North. They escaped from plantations with no money to buy food and no maps to help them find their way. They could travel only at night. If runaway slaves were caught, they could be beaten to death. Still, many slaves tried to flee. Slave catchers chased them, but the runaways seemed to disappear into thin air—or through a secret underground escape route. So how did slaves escape from their masters? Where did they hide? How did the slaves communicate with each other and the people who were helping them? Discover the facts about the brave men and women who formed the Underground Railroad. Learn how their secret work changed the lives of thousands of slaves.

Format Your Price
978-0-7613-7236-3
$34.99
Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 6
Reading Level Grade 5
Genre Nonfiction
Category Social Studies
Copyright 2011
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Lerner Publications ™
Language English
Number of Pages 48
Publication Date 2011-01-01
Reading Counts! Level 5.3
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS JNF018010, JNF025270
Dewey 973.7'115
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 7 x 9
Lexile 800
Guided Reading Level T
ATOS Reading Level 5.5
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 142469
Accelerated Reader® Points 1.0
Features Bibliography/further reading, Index, Primary source quotations/images, Sidebars, Source notes, Table of contents, Teaching Guides, Timeline, and eSource

Author: Laura Hamilton Waxman

Laura Hamilton Waxman lives in Minnesota and has written many nonfiction books for young readers.

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Six Questions of American History

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