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The Underground Railroad records : narrating the hardships, hairbreadth escapes, and death struggles of the slaves in their efforts for freedom / William Still ; edited by Quincy T. Mills ; introduction by Ta-Nehisi Coates.


"In riveting and heartbreaking testimonies from the front lines of the epic struggle for freedom, here is the true story of the underground railroad. As a conductor for the Underground Railroad -- the covert resistance network created to aid and protect slaves seeking freedom -- William Still helped as many as eight hundred people escape enslavement. He also meticulously collected the letters, biographical sketches, arrival memos, and ransom notes of the escapees. The Underground Railroad Records is an archive of primary documents that traces the narrative arc of the greatest, most successful campaign of civil disobedience in American history. These essential records and stories, introduced in this edition by a powerful new essay by Ta-Nehisi Coates, highlight the remarkable creativity, resilience, and determination demonstrated by those trying to subvert bondage. It is a timeless treatment to the power we all have to challenge systems that oppress us. -- Back cover.

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  • ISBN: 9781984855053
  • ISBN: 1984855050
  • Physical Description: xi, 362 pages ; 21 cm
  • Edition: Revised edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Modern Library, [2019]

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General Note:
Originally published as: The underground rail road : a record of facts, authentic narratives, letters, &c., narrating the hardships, hair-breadth escapes, and death struggles of the slaves in their efforts for freedom, as related by themselves and others or witnessed by the author : together with sketches of some of the largest stockholders and most liberal aiders and advisers of the road. Philadelphia : Porter & Coates, 1872. Revised edition published: Philadelphia: People's publishing company, 1879, 1879 and William Still, 1883.
Formatted Contents Note:
Seth Concklin -- Underground railroad letters -- William Peel -- Wesley Harris -- Clarissa Davis -- Isaac Forman, William Davis, and Willis Redick -- Ex-President Tyler's household loses an aristocratic "article" -- Edward Morgan, Henry Johnson, James and Stephen Butler -- Henry Predo -- Mary Epps, alias Emma Brown, Joseph and Robert Robinson -- Henry Box Brown -- Trial of the emancipators of Col. J.H. Wheeler's slaves, Jane Johnson and her two little boys -- A slave girl's narrative -- Arrival of Jackson, Isaac, and Edmonsdson Turner from Petersburg -- Robert Brown -- Barnaby Grigby, alias John Boyer, and Mary Elizabeth, his wife: Frank Wanzer, alias Robert Scott; Emily Foster, alias Ann Wood -- William Jordon -- Joseph Grant and John Speaks -- Willim N. Taylor -- Arrival from Richmond -- Blood flowed freely -- Escape of a young slave mother -- Samuel W. Johnson -- Two female passengers from Maryland -- Captain F. and the mayor of Norfolk -- Arrivals from different places -- "Fleeing girl of fifteen" in male attire -- Charles Gilbert -- Salt-water fugitive ---- Samuel Green -- An Irish girl's devotion to freedom -- "Sam" Nixon -- Slave-trader is foiled -- The protection of slave property in Virginia -- Escaping in a chest -- Isaac Williams, Henry Banks, Kit Nickless -- "Pete Matthews" -- "Moses" arrives with six passengers -- Slave-holder in Maryland with three colored wives -- Owen and Otho Taylor's flight with horses, etc. -- Heavy reward --The Fugitive Slave Bill of 1850 -- The slave-hunting tragedy in Lancaste County, in September,1851 -- William and Ellen Craft -- Arrival from Delaware, 1857 -- Arrival from New Orleans, 1857 -- Arrival from Washington, D.C. -- Arrival from Maryland --Arrival from Alexandria -- Arrival from Norfolk, Va. -- Arrival from North Carolina, 1857 -- Hon. L. McLane's property, soon after his death, travels via the underground rail road.- William Knight, Esq., loses a superior "article" -- Arrival from Hightstown, 1858 -- Arrival from Virginia, 1858 --Arrival from Richmond, 1858 -- Arrival from Virginia, 1858 -- Crossing the bay in a skiff -- Arrival from Kent County, MD, 1858 -- Arrival from Delaware, 1858 -- Arrival from Maryland, 1859 --Arrival from Virginia, 1860 -- Crossing the bay in a batteau -- Arrival from Dorchester Co., 1860 -- Arrival from Richmond -- "Aunt Hannah Moore" -- Woman escaping in a box, 1857 -- Organization of the Vigilance Committee.
Original Version Note:
New edition of: Still's Underground Rail Road records, revised edition . , with a life of the author, Philadelphia : Wm. Still, 1883.
Subject: Underground Railroad.
Fugitive slaves > United States > History > 19th century.
Antislavery movements > United States > History > 19th century.
Fugitive slaves > United States > Biography.
Abolitionists > United States > Biography.
Antislavery movements.
Fugitive slaves.
Underground Railroad.
United States.
Genre: Biographies.

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