"Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally." ABRAHAM LINCOLN
Prior to the American Civil War, Canada became home for over 40, 000 men, women and children seeking protection from the racial discrimination of the United States. Many came as United Empire Loyalists after the American Revolution, others as free Blacks attempting to avoid increasing legal discrimination in the northern states and yet others as refugee slaves escaping from the south in hopes of finding a better life in Canada. Some came to Canada on their own while others passed through a network of former slaves and abolitionists dedicated to freeing Blacks from the hardships of slavery. This secretive system of escape became known as The Underground Railroad.