The Underground Railroad: Authentic Narratives and First-Hand Accounts
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The Underground Railroad: Authentic Narratives and First-Hand Accounts

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In the winter of 1852, a group of Philadelphia abolitionists dedicated to assisting runaway slaves in their flight to freedom formed a new assistance group to be part of the Underground Railroad—the General Vigilance Committee. William Still, himself a son of slaves, was named its secretary and executive director. Deeply moved by the stories of the fugitive slaves he helpe...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published June 25th 2007 by Dover Publications (first published June 1970)
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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 i...more
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!
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.
A bit overwhelming at the only about a half dozen of the stories...what I did read was interesting.
An excellent history of the Underground Railroad, with details of slaves' escapes.
First Hand Accounts - excellent reading.
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William Still is youngest child of Levin and Sidney Steel. He lived as a slave with his parents and seventeen brothers and sisters. Levin, Still's father escaped slavery in Maryland for freedom in New Jersey. Still's mother escaped later with the children, changing the family name to Still. She changed her first name to Charity.

When Still was 23, he left the family farm in New Jersey for Philadelp...more
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The Underground Railroad A Record of Facts, Authentic Narratives, Letters, &c., Narrating the Hardships, Hair-Breadth Escapes and Death Struggles of the ... and Others, or Witnessed by the Author. The Underground Railroad: An history, African-American studies novel. (ILLUSTRATED) The Underground Railroad, Part 1 The Underground Railroad The Underground Railroad - includes an annotated bibliography of African-American works

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