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Underground Railroad: Connections to Freedom and Science DLESE Reviewed Collection
This educational video details how the sciences of astronomy and geography guided slaves to freedom in the 1800s, and how the technologies of satellites and geographic information systems are being used to locate and visualize the secret paths they traveled. Using the North Star as a compass, freedom-seeking slaves went from safe house to safe house along the Underground Railroad, an intricate network of escape routes away from the slave-ridden South. This video explains the role celestial navigation played in the Railroad's success, and highlights the importance of modern technologies in reconstructing the exact routes and terrain of the Railroad. Length: 34:00.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
  • Informal
  • General public
Type of resource:
  • Visual:
    • Video
  • Technology
Technical requirements:
Cost / Copyright:
There is a cost
This product is free and clear for general use.
DLESE Catalog ID: NASA-ESERevProd524
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Contact: NASA CORE