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) 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. This book is FREE on kindle right now 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almostyears after the eventsResearched from over two thousands pages of text relating to the Underground RailroadUnique historical documents pertaining to the days of slavery that can be easily understood and accepted into a modern reading communityFrom the The Anti Slavery Examiner and The American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 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 that slavery was all those things and. 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 the dangerous path of freedom Sometimes this meant days, weeks, and months in isolation and difficult wilderness, being hunted like an animal It was also under the promise of severe punishment, 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 the dangerous path of freedom Sometimes this meant days, weeks, and months in isolation and difficult wilderness, being hunted like an animal It was also under the promise of severe punishment, imprisonment or sale away from family if caught The severity of treatment was also a daily part of life, deprived the benefit of their own labor, deprived of food, rest, families violently torn apart These are stories that need to be known This account is just one small window into this history It s focus is mostly told through the lens of an agent of the Philadelphia depot, but it shows many successful flights to the north and especially to Canada, and some failures Many seeking refuge had to leave husband, wife, mothers, and children behind, not even being able to tell them of their plans to escape.A great evil of it all is the failure of the southern church to stay true to God Not only did they fail to preach against the evils of the slavery around them, but they were complicit in and benefited from keeping slaves in bondage to their masters, often showing the most unchristian cruelty Wolves in sheeps clothing, not sparing the flock Thank God for those who remained faithful, churches that joined in strongly in the abolitionist movement, and doing the very thing that James says is true religion Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world We must continue to testify against the evils of our present age 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 excellent writer for his time and a very literate writer for any time That said, his sentence structure is in the formal Victorian style that makes reading George Eliot or Henry James challenging Wha 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 excellent writer for his time and a very literate writer for any time That said, his sentence structure is in the formal Victorian style that makes reading George Eliot or Henry James challenging What really struck me is that the heroes and heroines of the Underground Railroad are those African Americans who worked so hard, in such great danger, to achieve their freedom The people who assisted them were often blacks who had already escaped successfully, as well as the white abolitionists we learned about through American History textbooks This book documents so well the full impact of the Fugitive Slave Act It includes narratives of those who were recaptured and some who died in resisting the slave hunters 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 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 is dated, but it is authentic Each anecdote recounts a successful method of escaping north but also alludes to the many unsuccessful attempt Still only recorded the stories of those who were successful, but the grim reality of slavery comes through in every line Still employs humor, a tried and true method for coping with any hardship, with great skill Many passages caused me to laugh out loud Of course, manypassages elicited strong emotions of horror and sadness, too But, the tone of the passage quoted below is so dry in the context of extreme suffering that the juxtaposition is funny and disturbing Turner, escaped from Richmond, Virginia in 1859 was about twenty one, a bright, smart, pre possessing young man He fled from A A Mosen, a lawyer, represented to be one of the first in the city, and a firm believer in Slavery Turner differed widely with his master with reference to this question, although, for prudential reasons, he chose not to give his opinion to said Mosen 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 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 alike Some strictly formal, some heartfelt almost poetic all unedited to preserve their original language, character and urgency.While there are also some perhapsbanal appearing trade records and passenger 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 alike Some strictly formal, some heartfelt almost poetic all unedited to preserve their original language, character and urgency.While there are also some perhapsbanal appearing trade records and passenger lists included throughout, those too by their very nature are blatantly telling of the general attitudes, the inhuman regard, and the injustices And all important in preserving the memory of these individuals in history, who were so wronged and cast aside in their lifetime.On top of which Mr Still actually has a wonderfully nuanced way of peppering the text with occasional, compassionately tongue in cheek absurdities and knowingly wry remarks, without making light of these accounts.This is a book of those, who most often get left nameless in the retellings of history Even the famed and well remembered Tubman is but a side character among all these other courageous individuals, whose stories to flee their oppressors are given voice here.A treasure to have been recorded and conserved 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.


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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