Tuesday, March 12, 2013

The Underground Railroad

With Harriet Tubman's birthday this past Sunday, I shared a little bit about the Underground Railroad with my kids. Yesterday, my 12yo and I looked into it more and I found a number of links that I thought I would share with you. My main focus has been on information from the Canadian side of things, but there are links from both sides of the border:

From The Canadian Encyclopedia: http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/articles/underground-railroad

North American Black Historical Museum (in Ontario): http://www.blackhistoricalmuseum.org/

Buxton National Historic Site and Museum: http://buxtonmuseum.com/

North Country Underground Railroad Historical Association: http://northcountryundergroundrailroad.com/

From National Geographic (interactive site; very good!): http://education.nationalgeographic.com/education/multimedia/interactive/the-underground-railroad/?ar_a=1

I have also done up a post on some places to visit on vacation: http://www.vacationswiththekids.com/2013/03/12/make-history-come-alive-the-underground-railroad/

Reading things from the above got us wondering about slavery in Canada:



Funny thing was that we started looking at information about the Underground Railroad yesterday, which led somehow to talking about aboriginal peoples of North America, which then led us to finding a book online written in 1915 where the opening was almost like reading a Montessori Great Lesson on the formation of the Earth! We ended up looking up "Archaean rock" and discovered that it's the rock in the Canadian Shield, which led to looking at pictures of lakes I've camped at in the Northwest Territories and some images of Yellowknife, where I spent half my childhood. Funny how one topic can so quickly lead to something completely unrelated! lol

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