Although the Railroad had its advantages, it also had many downfalls. The life of slavery had taken a large toll on many lives, so they had to find a way to the north for a better chance of survival. At the time, by escaping to the north, slaves would be considered freed men and women, but with the creation of the fugitive slave acts, many African American men and women had to do so much more to gain their freedom. Freedom was the objective that all slaves sought. Each day of their lives they were not even considered a full person, but only three fifths of one.
Indentured servants helped ease this problem; however, it simply wasn’t enough. Slaves were brought to the new world, and fulfilled the need for labor. In the eighteenth century, approximately six to seven million slaves were brought to the United States. The slaves provided an efficient workforce; they were able to do various tasks, such as agricultural work, mining, construction, factory work, etc. They also provided labor for unpopular jobs that many would not willingly do.