The Underground Railroad - Illustrated: Selected True

The Underground Railroad - Illustrated: Selected True Stories of Slave Escapes on the Underground Railroad (Slavery - The Underground Railroad Book 1) The Underground Railroad IllustratedA Selection True Stories of Slave Escapes on the Underground RailroadFrom the Book by William StillDARING ESCAPES TO FREEDOMAs told by the Slaves themselvesA radically distinctive This unique book contain selected references from numerous publications including slave narrativesThe Underground Railroad Records, published in The Anti Slavery Examinerand from the records of the the American Anti Slavery SocietyThe narratives chosen are in a language easily understood almostyears after the eventsResearched from over two thousands pages of text relating to the Underground RailroadUnique historical documents pertaining to the days of slavery that can be easily understood and accepted into a modern reading communityFrom the The Anti Slavery Examiner and The American Anti Slavery SocietyLike 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 secureIn 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 successTESTIMONYBut few could tell of having been eye witnesses to outrages revolting and disgraceful than Washington Somlor He arrived per steamer Pennsylvania secreted , directly from Norfolk, Virginia, inHe was thirty two years of age a man of medium size and quite intelligent A merchant by the name of Smith owned WashingtonEight and a half months before escaping, Washington had been secreted in order to shun both master and auction block Smith believed in selling, flogging, cobbing, paddling, and all other kinds of torture, by which he could inflict punishment in order to make the slaves feel his power He thus tyrannized over about twenty five headBeing naturally passionate, when in a brutal mood, he made his slaves suffer unmercifully Said Washington, On one occasion, about two months before I was secreted, he had five of the slaves some of them women tied across a barrel, lashed with the cow hide and then cobbed this was a common practice Such treatment was so inhuman and so incredible, that the Committee hesitated at first to give credence to the statement, and only yielded when facts and evidences were given which seemed incontestibleAfrican American StudiesBlack StudiesSocial SciencesAmerican History

10 thoughts on “The Underground Railroad - Illustrated: Selected True Stories of Slave Escapes on the Underground Railroad (Slavery - The Underground Railroad Book 1)

  1. says:

    William Still interviewed all the people he helped to free from slavery via the Underground Railroad His records together with letters and legal texts are presented here in this collection I must admit I couldn t concentrate on the legal texts prose born in hell but the rest gave

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    A powerful and highly educational collection of authentic correspondence from around events of the Undercover Railroad.What feels like it should be most treasured about this book are the various unfiltered messages from the contemporaries themselves, both the slaves and their allies

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    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.

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    If you plan to read the Water Dancer by Ta Nehisi Coates, read this first If you wonder about race relations in America, read this It s amazing Before I read this book, slavery was something I understood in my head as wrong, against God, a crime After I read this book, I knew in my heart tha

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    This book is FREE on kindle right now

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    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 excel

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    These real stories, written in both narrative and letter form, are heartbreaking It is a real picture into our very dark past This gives you a view of the harsh realities some men imposed upon millions of others for so long The desperation and deprivation of liberty led to some brave ones to seek out th

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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 u

  9. says:

    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

  10. says:

    William Still s collection is excellent primary source material about an important part of American history, the massive effort of thousands of people to help fugitive slaves gain the freedom they were denied by law.

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About the Author: William Still

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 Philadelphia, to seek his fortune He arrived, friendless with only five dollars in his possession Still taught himself to read so well, that in three years he was able to hold the position of secretary in the Pennsylvania Abolition Society Still provided the all white society with his views on how to aid fugitive slaves since, he had been one himself He was such an asset to the group, that he was elected chairman in 1851 Still held the position for the next ten years He also became chairman of the Vigilance Committee in 1852.During this time, Still used his house as one of the busiest stations on the Undergroung Railroad He was awakened hundreds of times during the night to provide fugitives with the food and clothing he supplied for them Still interviewed the fugitives and kept careful records of each so that family and friends might locate them According to his records, William Still helped 649 slaves receive their freedom In 1872, he published his records in a book entitled, The Underground Railroad.In Philadelphia, Still founded an orphanage for the chidren of African American soldiers and sailors In 1860, he went into the stove business Due to his success, he branched out into the coal business, earning the fortune he had moved to Philadelphia to seek Still was later elected to the Philadelphia Board of Trade In 1880, he was one of the organizers of the first African American YMCA After a long and prosperous life, William Still died in 1902.

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