The Underground Rail Road: A Record of Facts, Authentic Narratives, Letters, &C. Narrating the Hardships Hair-Breadth Escapes and Death Struggles (2020)

The Underground Rail Road: A Record of Facts, Authentic Narratives, Letters, &C. Narrating the Hardships Hair-Breadth Escapes and Death Struggles William Still The Underground Rail Road A Record of Facts Authentic Narratives Letters C Narrating the Hardships Hair Breadth Escapes and Death Struggles Originally published in and out of print for many years this landmark book presents firsthand accounts of slaves escaping north by way of the human support network known as the Underground Railr
  • Title: The Underground Rail Road: A Record of Facts, Authentic Narratives, Letters, &C. Narrating the Hardships Hair-Breadth Escapes and Death Struggles
  • Author: William Still
  • ISBN: 9780874850338
  • Page: 334
  • Format: Hardcover
The Underground Rail Road: A Record of Facts, Authentic Narratives, Letters, &C. Narrating the Hardships Hair-Breadth Escapes and Death Struggles William Still Originally published in 1872 and out of print for many years, this landmark book presents firsthand accounts of slaves escaping north by way of the human support network known as the Underground Railroad The narratives were painstakingly documented by William Still 1821 1902 , a son of emancipated slaves who helped guide untold numbers of fugitives to safety as an UndergOriginally published in 1872 and out of print for many years, this landmark book presents firsthand accounts of slaves escaping north by way of the human support network known as the Underground Railroad The narratives were painstakingly documented by William Still 1821 1902 , a son of emancipated slaves who helped guide untold numbers of fugitives to safety as an Underground Railroad conductor based in Philadelphia.The Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 made William Still s work extremely risky, both personally and for the clandestine operation he supervised for over a decade Under the law, free northern states were prohibited from harboring so called runaway slaves, and citizens who provided aid were subject to steep fines, civil penalties, and imprisonment In spite of the risks, Still corresponded with, interviewed, and recorded the stories of hundreds of fugitives, concealing the records in a grave until the day they could safely be made public.William Still s meticulous record keeping appears to have been unique among high level Underground Railroad operatives Certainly, no comparable history of the northern slave exodus has survived to this day In terms of its scope and depth, The Underground Rail Road stands alone in documenting the extraordinary experiences of those who escaped slavery in mid 19th century America.
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  1. Susan

    I was very glad to make an acquaintance with this huge collection of slave escape narratives, in first hand accounts It s not an easy read It took me a concentrated couple of hours just to figure out how it is organized And the sheer number of human stories is overwhelming William Still was an excellent writer for his time and a very literate writer for any time That said, his sentence structure is in the formal Victorian style that makes reading George Eliot or Henry James challenging What real [...]

  2. Andrew Anderson

    WOW This begs one simple question and we were the ones considered savages and in need of saving Wow Thanks to those who assisted us in seeking the freedom that God intended for all men, regardless of race Still applicable today.

  3. Jason

    Profound source material for the operation of the Underground Railroad, especially through Philadelphia William Still was on the Vigilance Committee in that city and welcomed many of those escaping slavery From each arrival he took a brief account of their adventures on The Road, as well as their hardship under slavery Still s writing makes use of the abolitionist rhetoric of his day with such phrases as the no pay system and seeker of Freedom The language can be challenging because it is dated, [...]

  4. Roberta

    My homeschooled daughter is interested in the Underground Railroad, so we checked this book out of the public library to use for real life discussions The letters and stories are so fascinating, and so sad, at times What bravery extended for the welfare of another soul

  5. Royce Ratterman

    Read for personal research found this book s contents helpful and inspiring.A good book for the researcher and enthusiast.

  6. Peter Michael

    This 1972 book, still in print, contains a large portion of all known first hand accounts of Underground Railroad freedom seekers and is invaluable in research.

  7. Tom

    First published in 1872, the 2007 edition I read is a selection of first hand interviews Mr Still conducted with escaped slaves as they arrived in Philadelphia between 1850 and 1860 Many of the stories are augmented by newspaper accounts There are also trial transcripts and accounts of the heroic actions by members of the Under Ground Rail Road and a copy of the Fugitive Slave Bill of 1850 and the Organization of the Vigilance Committee One aspect I missed was an overall picture of the structure [...]

  8. Sarah

    extensive Notes written by a member of the Vigilance Committee as he welcomed each runaway slave to Philadelphia and sent them on to Canada Much effective than all the fiction I ve read about slavery in communicating the absolute inhumanity of this period But also, heart warming to read about the people, mostly white, who put themselves in danger to help runaways Always look for the people helping.

  9. Mary

    Very good book Not an easy read because the subject matter is so difficult Love a book that makes you think and feel

  10. LynetteLee (J.Kirby)

    This book is a compilation of letters, interviews, and other primary sources of Underground Railroad conductors, abolitionist, and fugitive slaves Here, American slavery is brought to life These accounts give testament of how slaves were treated, why they chose to runaway, and how they make there way up North Further, the conductors tell their stories of how they aided the fugitive slaves, the risk that they took in doing so, and how they fought day and night to rid the nation of oppression This [...]

  11. Sarah Crawford

    This is a rather long but still very interesting book It centers on a Vigilance Committee in Philadelphia and what they did to help slaves escape from the South A source I read said about 100,000 slaves eventaully escaped from the South but that s out of around 4 million that were there in the first place The book consists of basic information and very specific information related to specific slaves that escaped and came through the committee s work Some of the major points in the book include M [...]

  12. Jamie Casey

    After a hurricane shortened our vacation at the beach, we went on a little side trip and experienced first hand the lands and marshes and waters navigated by Freedom Seekers Although some travelled even further from the South our tour only began in Cambridge, Maryland What an amazing experience coupled with materials we found at the Cambridge Welcome Center, an audio tour and then to read these real life accounts of so many brave and undaunted souls How cruel humans can be to their own kind neve [...]

  13. Shira

    p 182 has picture Phil Porter and Cotes, 1872 edition of Anne Maria Weems Her daring escape from slavery disguised as an Abolitionist s driver is heroic, and should be remembered and taught as an example of cooperation to be emulated.William James MEOW Date 6.8.12,014 H.E.

  14. Sissy Van Dyke

    I m sorry, Anne Frank, it is impossible to read this book, or your own history, and continue to believe that people are really good at heart.

  15. Maureen

    A bit overwhelming at the momentad only about a half dozen of the storieswhat I did read was interesting.

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