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Underground Railroad

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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A series of escape routes and hiding places that fugitive slaves used to escape the South before and during the Civil War.
  • noun A secret cooperative network of people who helped and hid such fugitive slaves.
  • noun A secret cooperative network engaged in the clandestine movement and housing of fugitives, such as children removed illegally from the custody of a parent charged with child abuse.

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  • proper noun The Pre-American Civil War anti-slavery resistance movement dedicated to assisting escaped slaves in reaching safe territory.

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  • noun secret aid to escaping slaves that was provided by abolitionists in the years before the American Civil War

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