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Hi Amy,

would you please tell me what does "modern-day Underground Railroad" mean ?

Leaving his family behind, he set out on a journey hundreds of miles to Beijing with the help of a modern-day Underground Railroad of fellow
dissidents and supporters.

Thank you

Best,
Hossein Saeedi

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Hi Hossein,

The Underground Railroad was a network of secret routes and safe houses used by 19th-century slaves of African descent in the United States to escape to free states and Canada with the aid of abolitionists and allies who were sympathetic to their cause.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Underground_Railroad

So here a "modern day Underground Railroad" would be a modern version of such a network.

Let me know if this clarifies your question.

Regards,  

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Amy Baker

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I can answer question about grammar, spelling, syntax, idioms, reading and/or writing that pertain to English as a Second Language. I am knowledgeable about both TOEFL and IELTS.

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I'm a certified ESL teacher with 12 years of experience teaching K-12 and adults.

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BSc MEd TESL post grad program for k-12 TESL post grad program for adult ed

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