Unearthing the Underground Railroad

Unearthing the Underground Railroad

As a National Geographic Explorer and biological anthropologist, Carter Clinton's job is to dig up and study ancient DNA from burial grounds for enslaved people. He takes us to a site near the District of Columbia, United States where he imagines how difficult and terrifying it must have been for the enslaved to travel routes along the Underground Railroad while trying to escape to freedom. The DNA samples Carter works with show us who enslaved people were and offer a glimpse into their harrowing lives.


5 - 12


Geography, Human Geography, Social Studies, U.S. History, Storytelling

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André Gabrielli, National Geographic Society
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February 8, 2024

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