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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

Hossein Saeedi

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.


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

Let me know if this clarifies your question.


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Amy Baker


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.


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

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