The Underground Railroad, Part 4

William Still (1821 - 1902)

"The work is intensely interesting. Many of the narratives thrill the reader through and through. Some of them awaken an indignation, a horror, or a sense of humiliation and shame that makes the blood curdle or the cheek flush, or the breathing difficult. The best and the worst sides of human nature are successfully exhibited. Here heroism and patience stand out transfigured; there selfishness and brutality hold carnival till it seems as though justice had been exiled and God had forgotten his own. The number of cases reported is very large, and the method in which the author has done his work is commendable. There is no rhetorical ambition. The narratives are embodied in plain language. The facts are left to make their own impression, without an attempt to embellish them by the aid of imagination." From the "Morning Star," Dover, New Hampshire.

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 Arrivals from Belleair and Maryland Michele Fry
00:12:31
Play 02 Arrivals from New Market and Virginia Michele Fry
00:08:34
Play 03 Arrivals from , Richmond, Norfolk, VA and from Near Baltimore Larry Wilson
00:07:29
Play 04 Arrivals from Virginia, Washington D.C. and Virginia Jennifer Dorr
00:04:55
Play 05 Arrivals from the Old Dominion Greg Giordano
00:17:05
Play 06 Arrivals from Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina and Delaware Greg Giordano
00:10:50
Play 07 Arrival from Maryland Michele Fry
00:09:41
Play 08 Arrivals from Maryland, District of Columbia and Honey Brook Township Greg Giordano
00:08:35
Play 09 Arrivals from Alexandria, VA and the Seat of Government Greg Giordano
00:10:19
Play 10 Crossing the Bay in a Skiff Michele Fry
00:09:26
Play 11 Arrivals from Kent County MD, Washington and Cecil County Larry Wilson
00:08:16
Play 12 Arrivals from Georgetown, D.C. and Sussex County Lee Smalley
00:11:14
Play 13 Sundry Arrivals in 1859; Arrival from Richmond Lee Smalley
00:12:03
Play 14 Arrivals from Delaware and Richmond Lee Smalley
00:12:16
Play 15 Arrival from Maryland; Sundry Arrivals, Arrivals from Maryland and Delaware Denise Nordell
00:12:05
Play 16 Arrivals from Virginia; Sundry Arrivals from Maryland; Arrivals from Richmond and Maryland Denise Nordell
00:12:30
Play 17 Arrivals from Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia; Sundry Arrivals from Maryland and Virginia; Arrivals from Seaford and Tapps’ Neck MD Jennifer Dorr
00:10:29
Play 18 Arrival from Maryland; Sundry Arrivals from Virginia, Maryland and Delaware Jennifer Dorr
00:11:09
Play 19 Arrivals from Different Points Maria Kasper
00:12:52
Play 20 Sundry Arrivals From Maryland; Arrival from Virginia and Baltimore Maria Kasper
00:14:29
Play 21 Arrivals from Maryland and Fredericksburg; Sundry Arrivals from Maryland Maria Kasper
00:14:51
Play 22 Crossing the Bay in a Batteau; Arrivals from Dorchester County and Maryland Maria Kasper
00:12:18
Play 23 Twelve Months in the Woods; Arrival from Maryland; A Slave Catcher Caught in His Own Trap Maria Kasper
00:11:36
Play 24 Arrival from Richmond, 1858 Maria Kasper
00:11:35
Play 25 Arrival from Richmond, 1859 Maria Kasper
00:09:06
Play 26 Arrival from Richmond Michele Fry
00:19:25
Play 27 “Aunt Hannah Moore” Joanne Rochon
00:15:57
Play 28 Kidnapping of Rachel and Elizabeth Parker, Murder of Joseph C. Miller, in 1851 and 1852 Greg Giordano
00:14:53
Play 29 Arrival from Virginia, 1854 Jennifer Dorr
00:06:42
Play 30 Arrival from Norfolk Jennifer Dorr
00:04:47
Play 31 Arrival of Fifteen from Norfolk, VA Maria Kasper
00:21:29
Play 32 Case of Euphemia Williams, Part 1 Maria Kasper
00:11:37
Play 33 Case of Euphemia Williams, Part 2 Maria Kasper
00:11:22
Play 34 Case of Euphemia Williams, Part 3 Maria Kasper
00:19:00
Play 35 Case of Euphemia Williams, Part 4 Maria Kasper
00:24:06
Play 36 Helpers and Sympathizers at Home and Abroad – Interesting Letters, Part 1 Greg Giordano
00:14:52
Play 37 Helpers and Sympathizers at Home and Abroad – Interesting Letters, Part 2 Greg Giordano
00:13:43
Play 38 Pamphlet and Letters, Part 1 Greg Giordano
00:16:06
Play 39 Pamphlet and Letters, Part 2 Greg Giordano
00:17:56
Play 40 Letters to the Writer Michele Fry
00:17:28
Play 41 Woman Escaping in a Box, 1857 Michele Fry
00:07:41