You are an abolitionist and play a major role in the Underground Railroad. A runaway slave comes to your door one night for food and shelter. You will share your thoughts of what you do in a letter you write to your family.

Here are some ideas to include in your letter. What would you do in a situation like the one above? Give reasons for your decision. What are the pros and cons of your decision to help slaves escape to freedom? What dangers did you face as you aided in the escapes? Tell what your involvement was with the Underground railroad. You will do this through a letter you write to your family.

 You will need to use lots of adjectives. By reading your letter, family and friends should be able to understand the enormous hardships you encounter as an abolitionist.
To wrap up this webquest, you will present your letter to the class. This is where your character will come alive! You will come dressed as your character and reveal your identity through the letter. You will be graded on your enthusiasm and creativity. You will really have to get to know your character so that you can best portray that person.

You should read the information contained at each site thoroughly with your individual role and task in mind.
A Guide to the Underground Railroad


American Civil War Home Page


Civil War for Kids

Civil War ThinkQuest

Documentaries of 2 Communities

Life in Civil War America