The Underground Railroad, Part 3

William Still (1821 - 1902)

"Never before has the working of the Underground Railroad been so thoroughly explained. Here we have in complete detail the various methods adopted for circumventing the enemies of freedom, and told, as it is, with great simplicity and natural feeling, the narrative is one which cannot but make a deep impression. Thrilling incidents, heroic adventures and noble deeds of self-sacrifice light up every page, and will enlist the heartiest sympathies of all generous souls. It was eminently just that such a record of one of the most remarkable phases of the struggle against slavery should be prepared, that the memory of the noble originators and supporters of the railroad might be kept green, and posterity enabled to form a true conception of the necessity that called it into existence, and of the difficulties under which its work was performed. The labor of compiling could not have fallen into more appropriate or better qualified hands." The Philadelphia Inquirer

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 – Deep Furrows on the Back; Peter Mathews; “Moses” Arrives with Six Passengers Lynne T
Play 02 02 - Escaped from “A Worthless Sot”; William Butcher; “White Enough to Pass”; Escaping with Master’s Carriages and Horses Lynne T
Play 03 03 - Eight and a Half Months Secreted; Arthur Fowler; Sundry Arrivals Spoken4
Play 04 04 – Sundry Arrivals About January 1st, 1855 Maria Kasper
Play 05 05 – Slave Holder in Maryland with Three Colored Wives Greg Giordano
Play 06 06 – Captain F. Arrives with Nine Passengers Lee Smalley
Play 07 07 – Owen and Otho Taylor’s Flight with Horses; Heavy Reward Lee Smalley
Play 08 08 – Captain F. Arrives with Fourteen “Prime Articles” on Board, Part 1 Lee Smalley
Play 09 09 – Captain F. Arrives with Fourteen “Prime Articles” on Board, Part 2 Lee Smalley
Play 10 10 – Sundry Arrivals, Latter Part of December 1855 and Beginning of January 1856 Lee Smalley
Play 11 11 – Part of the Arrivals in December, 1855 Lee Smalley
Play 12 12 – The Fugitive Slave Bill of 1850 Jill Engle
Play 13 13 – The Slave Hunting Tragedy in Lancaster County, in September 1851, Part 1 Maria Kasper
Play 14 14 – The Slave Hunting Tragedy in Lancaster County, in September 1851, Part 2 Maria Kasper
Play 15 15 – The Slave Hunting Tragedy in Lancaster County, in September 1851, Part 3 Maria Kasper
Play 16 16 – William and Ellen Craft, Part 1 Maria Kasper
Play 17 17 – William and Ellen Craft, Part 2 Maria Kasper
Play 18 18 – Arrivals from Richmond; Passengers from North Carolina Cheryl Lowber
Play 19 19 – Thomas Clinton, Sauney Pry and Benjamin Ducket; Arrivals in April 1856 Maria Kasper
Play 20 20 – Five from Georgetown Cross Roads; Passengers from Maryland; Arrival from Maryland Maria Kasper
Play 21 21 – Arrival from Washington, D.C., Unionville, Maryland and Cambridge, 1857 Kathrine Engan
Play 22 22 – Benjamin Ross and His Wife Harriet; Arrival from Virginia and Delaware, 1857 Greg Giordano
Play 23 23 – Arrival from Alexandria and Unionville, 1857 Lynne T
Play 24 24 – From New Orleans, 1857 Lynne T
Play 25 25 – Arrival from Washington, D.C., Virginia, Maryland, Georgtown Cross Roads and Alexandria Maria Kasper
Play 26 26 – Arrival from Maryland, Norfolk, VA, Washington D.C.; Four Able Bodied “Articles” in One Arrival, 1857 Maria Kasper
Play 27 27 – Arrival from Arlington MD; Five Passengers; Arrival from Howard County MD, Prince George’s County MD, and Rappahannock County Maria Kasper
Play 28 28 – Arrival from North Carolina, 1857 Maria Kasper
Play 29 29 – Alfred Hollon, George and Charles N. Rodgers; Arrival from Kent County, Baltimore County; Mary Cooper and Moses Armstead Greg Giordano
Play 30 30 – Arrival from Near Washington D.D., Hon. L. McLane’s Property, Soon After His Death, Travels Via the Underground Railroad Cheri Jordan
Play 31 31 – Arrival from Harford County, Maryland and Norfolk, VA Cheri Jordan
Play 32 32 – Arrival from Hooperville MD, Maryland; Queen Anne County and Baltimore Greg Giordano
Play 33 33 – Arrival from Dunwoody County, Alexandria VA, Maryland, Petersburg, Maryland Greg Giordano
Play 34 34 – Arrival of a Party of Six, 1858 Patrick Wells
Play 35 35 – Arrival from Richmond, Baltimore, Hightstown and Virginia, 1858 Patrick Wells