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The Underground Railroad 2.0

The Underground Railroad was an informal network of people working to free slaves from slavery. The success of the Railroad can be attributed to the secrecy that surrounded it. The people that made up the Railroad only knew what their job was; they were kept in the dark as to what happened before and after they played their part. This kept everyone safe. We are proposing a similar network that could be in place for victims of unlawful detainment in today's society. Wells College Innovation Lab (Ethan, Kelly, Anastasia, Corey, Zack)

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One of the methods used by the people that ran the Underground Railroad was infiltration of the plantations. People would go in posing as slaves and then proceed to aid in their escape.

This could be a potential way to help free people from unlawful detainment. We could have people go into a situation with the intention of being detained and then aid in the escape of the other detainees. This would not be unlike undercover police work. This could possibly become a branch of existing law enforcement: people going undercover for the sole purpose of rescuing detainees.

Also, we would like to keep in mind that even if this new Underground Railroad was not entirely successful, attention would still be drawn to the situation. "The primary importance of the underground railroad was that it gave ample evidence of African American capabilities and gave expression to African American philosophy. Perhaps the most important factor or aspect to keep in mind concerning the underground railroad is that its importance is not measured by the number of attempted or successful escapes from American slavery, but by the manner in which it consistently exposed the grim realities of slavery and --more important-- refuted the claim that African Americans could not act or organize on their own. The secondary importance of the underground railroad was that it provided an opportunity for sympathetic white Americans to play a role in resisting slavery."

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