Underground Railroad Definition

noun
In the U.S. before the Civil War, a system set up by certain opponents of slavery to help fugitive slaves escape to free states and Canada.
Webster's New World
A secret cooperative network of people who helped and hid such fugitive slaves.
American Heritage
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.
American Heritage
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