The Underground Railroad

The Underground Railroad

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by William Still
     
 

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In the long list of names who have suffered and died in the cause of freedom, not one, perhaps, could be found whose efforts to redeem a poor family of slaves were more Christlike than Seth Concklin's, whose noble and daring spirit has been so long completely shrouded in mystery. Except John Brown, it is a question, whether his rival could be found with respect to

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In the long list of names who have suffered and died in the cause of freedom, not one, perhaps, could be found whose efforts to redeem a poor family of slaves were more Christlike than Seth Concklin's, whose noble and daring spirit has been so long completely shrouded in mystery. Except John Brown, it is a question, whether his rival could be found with respect to boldness, disinterestedness and willingness to be sacrificed for the deliverance of the oppressed.
By chance one day he came across a copy of the Pennsylvania Freeman, containing the story of Peter Still, "the Kidnapped and the Ransomed,"-how he had been torn away from his mother, when a little boy six years old; how, for forty years and more, he had been compelled to serve under the yoke, totally destitute as to any knowledge of his parents' whereabouts; how the intense love of liberty and desire to get back to his mother had unceasingly absorbed his mind through all these years of bondage; how, amid the most appalling discouragements, prompted alone by his undying determination to be free and be reunited with those from whom he had been sold away, he contrived to buy himself; how, by extreme economy, from doing over-work, he saved up five hundred dollars, the amount of money required for his ransom, which, with his freedom, he, from necessity, placed unreservedly in the confidential keeping of a Jew, named Joseph Friedman, whom he had known for a long time and could venture to trust,-how he had further toiled to save up money to defray his expenses on an expedition in search of his mother and kindred; how, when this end was accomplished, with an earnest purpose he took his carpet-bag in his hand, and his heart throbbing for his old home and people, he turned his mind very privately towards Philadelphia, where he hoped, by having notices read in the colored churches to the effect that "forty-one or forty-two years before two little boysA were kidnapped and carried South"-that the memory of some of the older members might recall the circumstances, and in this way he would be aided in his ardent efforts to become restored to them.
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781499329278
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
05/12/2014
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
937,576
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.73(d)

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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