You can find the resource that I tweeted about here: http://blackhistorycanada.ca/events.php?themeid=21&id=6>
“Travelling on the Underground Railroad was dangerous and required luck as much as a guide. ” (BlackHistory Canada, Underground Railroad)
The Underground Railroad is a piece of Canadian history that some people either don’t know about or know little of, as it is rarely given the same amount of spotlight as other parts of Canadian history. The railroad is said the have helped around 30,000 slaves find freedom in Canada, and reached its peak between 1840 to 1860, especially after the US passed its Fugitive Slave Act in 1850. This law allowed slave hunters to pursue and capture enslaved people in places where they would legally be free. The railroad truly began in the 1780’s, however, was given its name as the Underground Railroad in the 1830’s.
I’m not sure why this piece of Canadian history isn’t as prominent as for say, the War of 1812, however I do believe that it is very important for the reason that Canada likes to boast it’s “multiculturalism”. This really shows that Canada believes in equality, unless you bring up the subject of the indigenous people of Canada, that’s another story.
“The Detroit River was called “Jordan,” a biblical reference to the river that led to the promised land. The end of the journey also had a code name, such as “Dawn.”” (BlackHistory Canada, Underground Railroad)
In my previous document of learning, I talk about ethics and morals, and how as a society we know that certain things are bad or unethical. I believe that this relates to my pervious post by the fact that many Americans and Canadians helped get these people to freedom, and risked their lives doing so because they had their own set of morals that probably differed with the morals of others at that time. This also relates to part B of the learning outcomes, as in the booklet under B3 says: “describe significant events and trends affecting immigration to Canada from 1815 to 1914 (e.g., the Great Migration, the Irish potato famine, the underground railroad, Chinese Head Tax) .
Also, as a side note that is somewhat irrelevant or relevant, depending on how you think of it:
On February 26th, while the internet was exploding because of “The Dress” not only did the FCC pass some pretty strong rules protecting the open internet (huzzah!), however, it was also the three year anniversary of the death of Trayvon Martin. He would have been 20 years old today, however was shot to death by George Zimmerman.
Until next time internet, thanks for still being open to everyone.