The Underground Rail Road

The Underground Rail Road

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by William Still
     
 

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Detailed accounts of escapes from slavery. First published in 1872. The Preface begins: "Like millions of my race, my mother and father were born slaves, but were not contented to live and die so. My father purchased himself in early manhood by hard toil. Mother saw no way for herself and children to escape the horrors of bondage but by flight. Bravely, with her

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Detailed accounts of escapes from slavery. First published in 1872. The Preface begins: "Like millions of my race, my mother and father were born slaves, but were not contented to live and die so. My father purchased himself in early manhood by hard toil. Mother saw no way for herself and children to escape the horrors of bondage but by flight. Bravely, with her four little ones, with firm faith in God and an ardent desire to be free, she forsook the prison-house, and succeeded, through the aid of my father, to reach a free State. Here life had to be begun anew. The old familiar slave names had to be changed, and others, for prudential reasons, had to be found. This was not hard work. However, hardly months had passed ere the keen scent of the slave-hunters had trailed them to where they had fancied themselves secure. In those days all power was in the hands of the oppressor, and the capture of a slave mother and her children was attended with no great difficulty other than the crushing of freedom in the breast of the victims. Without judge or jury, all were hurried back to wear the yoke again. But back this mother was resolved never to stay. She only wanted another opportunity to again strike for freedom. In a few months after being carried back, with only two of her little ones, she took her heart in her hand and her babes in her arms, and this trial was a success. Freedom was gained, although not without the sad loss of her two older children, whom she had to leave behind..."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455409914
Publisher:
B&R Samizdat Express
Publication date:
04/01/2011
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Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
315,243
File size:
3 MB

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John Hope Franklin
"Not only is the life of William Still one of the great sagas of the nineteenth century, but his Underground Rail Road is the primary record of the courage and independence of the many thousands who sought freedom. We are very fortunate to have this new edition of this important work."
Bill Cosby
"William Still's book vividly brings to light the hardships and dangers faced by those who escaped slavery via the Underground Railroad. In documenting their experiences firsthand, Still preserved the single most authentic and important record of one of America's darkest chapters, while at the same time providing abundant evidence that the human spirit can never be broken. The Underground Rail Road is a masterpiece-a powerful and triumphant work that demands our attention."

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The Underground Rail Road 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a major and unknown work in American history and literature. I can't believe more people don't know about the work of William Still, one of the most important figures on the Underground Railroad. Eight hundred pages of amazing first person narratives by people who survived the ordeal of slavery and escaped to tell about it. Read this unknown American classic.
nutboy12 More than 1 year ago
very interging story of the horrific times that the slaves went thru just for freedom!
rosiejrJS More than 1 year ago
This book was excellent I couldn't put it down. Will read again.
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Boring
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I havent read the book yet but it looks good ever since 5 th i have loved the underground railroad and have wanted to b a part of it to help the slaves getnto freedom