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NONFICTION: “Escape From Slavery,” pages 4-9
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“Escape From Slavery”
1. To dehumanize someone is to take away his or her human qualities—to make that person
feel or appear less than human. In what ways was slavery dehumanizing?
2. Tarshis explains that those who helped on the Underground Railroad were taking a great
risk. Why do you think people were willing to take such a risk?
3. On page 9, Tarshis notes that in addition to being courageous, successful, and clever,
Tubman could be harsh. Do you think leaders sometimes need to be harsh? Explain.