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The Underground Railroad, Part 2

William Still

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This is one of the most remarkable volumes of the century. Its publication has only been made possible by a combination of circumstances which seldom attend the birth of a book. Before emancipation, and while the bane of slavery was on the country, the thrilling facts of this volume could not have been made public. Peace and the blessing of freedom permit their publication, free circulation and unmolested reading. Of all the thousands who favored freedom for the slaves, who gloried in the odium attached to anti-slaveryism, who witnessed the frequent efforts of the bondsmen to escape, who aided them in their quest for liberty, few dared to take notes of what they witnessed, and fewer still dared to preserve them, lest they should be turned into witnesses against them. But one man, and that the author of this book, is known to have succeeded in preserving anything like a full account of the workings of the UNDERGROUND RAILROAD, as it was called before emancipation. These records grew on his hands during the years he acted as Chairman of the Philadelphia Branch of that celebrated corporation, until they reached the extent of the present volume. They are made up of letters received, of interviews held, of narratives taken down at the time, of real reminiscence and authentic biography. Nothing imaginative enters into the composition of the volume. It is simply succinct history, always startling, sometimes bloody. The annals of no time since the Inquisition are so full of daring ventures for life and liberty or heroic endurance under most trying circumstances. (from the Publisher) William Still is often called the Father of the Underground Railroad. Over 14 years, he helped hundreds of slaves escape to freedom in Canada. Still was committed to preserving the stories of the bondmen and he kept careful records of the many escaped slaves who passed through the Philadelphia “station”. The Underground Railroad was published in 1871 from Still’s records and diaries. In bringing you these stories, Librivox volunteers are r

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English

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Length:

9h 7m


Chapters

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Chapter 1
Chapter 1

11:56


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

07:23


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

10:45


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

12:31


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

09:20


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:34


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

12:43


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

09:56


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

12:30


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

21:38


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

15:12


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

17:34


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

23:36


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

18:48


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

12:37


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

14:34


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

13:47


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

12:41


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

13:52


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

08:46


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

11:27


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

27:37


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

21:11


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

20:21


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

15:34


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

18:21


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

13:45


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

13:27


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

18:10


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

24:00


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

20:58


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

16:42


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

13:22


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

22:21


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

23:51