The Underground Rail Road

The Underground Rail Road

by William Still
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The Underground Rail Road by 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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780937548554
Publisher: Plexus Publishing, Inc.
Publication date: 01/28/2005
Pages: 558
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 10.30(h) x 1.50(d)

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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