The Underground Railroad, Part 2

William Still (1821 - 1902)

"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 reading from the 1878 edition. (Summary by MaryAnn)

Complete list of recordings comprising this book:
The Underground Railroad, Part 1,
The Underground Railroad, Part 2,
The Underground Railroad, Part 3,
The Underground Railroad, Part 4,
The Underground Railroad, Part 5.

Genre(s): Biography & Autobiography, Modern (19th C)

Language: English

Group: The Underground Railroad by William Still

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 01 - Several Arrivals From Different Places Maria Kasper
Play 02 02 - Arrival from Richmond Maria Kasper
Play 03 03 - Eight Arrivals Greg Giordano
Play 04 04 - Charles Thompson Lynne T
Play 05 05 - Blood Flowed Freely Lynne T
Play 06 06 - John Pettifoot; Emanuel T. White Lee Smalley
Play 07 07 - The Escape of a Child Fourteen Months Old; Escape of a Young Slave Mother Lee Smalley
Play 08 08 - Samuel W. Johnson; Family from Baltimore Lee Smalley
Play 09 09 - Elijah Hilton; Solomon Brown; William Hogg; Two Female Passengers from Maryland Lee Smalley
Play 10 10 - Captain F and the Mayor of Norfolk Maria Kasper
Play 11 11 - Arrivals From Different Places Maria Kasper
Play 12 12 - Fleeing Girl of Fifteen in Male Attire, Part 1 L D Hamilton
Play 13 13 - Fleeing Girl of Fifteen in Male Attire, Part 2 L D Hamilton
Play 14 14 - Fleeing Girl of Fifteen in Male Attire, Part 3 L D Hamilton
Play 15 15 - Five Years and One Month Secreted, Part 1 Lee Smalley
Play 16 16 - Five Years and One Month Secreted, Part 2 Lee Smalley
Play 17 17 - Five Years and One Month Secreted, Part 3 Lee Smalley
Play 18 18 - Five Years and One Month Secreted, Part 4 Lee Smalley
Play 19 19 - From Virginia, Maryland and Delaware Cheri Jordan
Play 20 20 - Sam, Isaac, Perry, Charles and Green Greg Giordano
Play 21 21 - From Richmond and Norfolk, Virginia Maria Kasper
Play 22 22 - Four Arrivals Maria Kasper
Play 23 23 - From Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, North Carolina, Washington D.C. and South Carolina, Part 1 Maria Kasper
Play 24 24 - From Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, North Carolina, Washington D.C. and South Carolina, Part 2 Maria Kasper
Play 25 25 - Charles Gilbert Maria Kasper
Play 26 26 - Liberty or Death; Salt-Water Fugitive Maria Kasper
Play 27 27 - Samuel Green Maria Kasper
Play 28 28 - An Irish Girl's Devotion to Freedom Cheri Jordan
Play 29 29 - Sam Nixon Lynne T
Play 30 30 - Sundry Arrivals, Part 1 Kevin W. Davidson
Play 31 31 - Sundry Arrivals, Part 2 Kevin W. Davidson
Play 32 32 - Heavy Reward; Slave Trader Hall is Foiled Lynne T
Play 33 33 - The Protection of Slave Property in Virginia Greg Giordano
Play 34 34 - Escaping in a Chest; Isaac Williams, Henry Banks, and Kit Nickless; Arrival of Five from the Eastern Now of Maryland L D Hamilton
Play 35 35 - Sundry Arrivals About August 1, 1855 Maria Kasper