Levi Coffin House: Vocabulary

Abolitionist

a person in favor of ending slavery.

13th Amendment

in 1865 this Amendment to the Constitution outlawed slavery.

Emancipation Proclamation

a proclamation issued by Abraham Lincoln in 1863.

Ethnic

pertaining to a religious, racial, national or cultural group.

False Bottom Wagons

wagons with a wood covering that would act as a floor. Items would be piled on the false bottom and runaway slaves could hide in the space underneath. (View Photo)

Federal

a style of architecture popular from 1800-1850 emphasizing simplicity and symmetry.

Protest

to express strong objection.

Stereotypes

an oversimplified conception, opinion or belief.

Underground Railroad

a secret network of cooperation aiding runaway slaves in reaching freedom in the free states or Canada.

 

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The Levi Coffin House in Fountain City is recognized as the "Grand Central Station" of the Underground Railroad. Levi and Catharine Coffin were legendary, helping more than 2,000 former slaves escape to freedom in the North.