The Underground Railroad, Part 3

Read by LibriVox Volunteers

(4.6 stars; 13 reviews)

"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. (8 hr 33 min)


01 – Deep Furrows on the Back; Peter Mathews; “Moses” Arrives with Six Passenge… 15:58 Read by Lynne T
02 - Escaped from “A Worthless Sot”; William Butcher; “White Enough to Pass”; E… 13:30 Read by Lynne T
03 - Eight and a Half Months Secreted; Arthur Fowler; Sundry Arrivals 16:31 Read by Spoken4
04 – Sundry Arrivals About January 1st, 1855 17:40 Read by Maria Kasper
05 – Slave Holder in Maryland with Three Colored Wives 4:31 Read by Greg Giordano
06 – Captain F. Arrives with Nine Passengers 16:58 Read by Lee Smalley
07 – Owen and Otho Taylor’s Flight with Horses; Heavy Reward 14:32 Read by Lee Smalley
08 – Captain F. Arrives with Fourteen “Prime Articles” on Board, Part 1 14:42 Read by Lee Smalley
09 – Captain F. Arrives with Fourteen “Prime Articles” on Board, Part 2 16:51 Read by Lee Smalley
10 – Sundry Arrivals, Latter Part of December 1855 and Beginning of January 1856 13:22 Read by Lee Smalley
11 – Part of the Arrivals in December, 1855 13:00 Read by Lee Smalley
12 – The Fugitive Slave Bill of 1850 18:05 Read by Jill Engle
13 – The Slave Hunting Tragedy in Lancaster County, in September 1851, Part 1 22:18 Read by Maria Kasper
14 – The Slave Hunting Tragedy in Lancaster County, in September 1851, Part 2 26:04 Read by Maria Kasper
15 – The Slave Hunting Tragedy in Lancaster County, in September 1851, Part 3 21:22 Read by Maria Kasper
16 – William and Ellen Craft, Part 1 16:22 Read by Maria Kasper
17 – William and Ellen Craft, Part 2 13:46 Read by Maria Kasper
18 – Arrivals from Richmond; Passengers from North Carolina 15:25 Read by Cheryl Lowber
19 – Thomas Clinton, Sauney Pry and Benjamin Ducket; Arrivals in April 1856 15:47 Read by Maria Kasper
20 – Five from Georgetown Cross Roads; Passengers from Maryland; Arrival from M… 16:42 Read by Maria Kasper
21 – Arrival from Washington, D.C., Unionville, Maryland and Cambridge, 1857 12:24 Read by Kathrine Engan
22 – Benjamin Ross and His Wife Harriet; Arrival from Virginia and Delaware, 18… 9:12 Read by Greg Giordano
23 – Arrival from Alexandria and Unionville, 1857 14:07 Read by Lynne T
24 – From New Orleans, 1857 12:30 Read by Lynne T
25 – Arrival from Washington, D.C., Virginia, Maryland, Georgtown Cross Roads a… 15:41 Read by Maria Kasper
26 – Arrival from Maryland, Norfolk, VA, Washington D.C.; Four Able Bodied “Art… 14:48 Read by Maria Kasper
27 – Arrival from Arlington MD; Five Passengers; Arrival from Howard County MD,… 17:52 Read by Maria Kasper
28 – Arrival from North Carolina, 1857 16:12 Read by Maria Kasper
29 – Alfred Hollon, George and Charles N. Rodgers; Arrival from Kent County, Ba… 7:58 Read by Greg Giordano
30 – Arrival from Near Washington D.D., Hon. L. McLane’s Property, Soon After H… 9:50 Read by Cheri Jordan
31 – Arrival from Harford County, Maryland and Norfolk, VA 12:02 Read by Cheri Jordan
32 – Arrival from Hooperville MD, Maryland; Queen Anne County and Baltimore 10:48 Read by Greg Giordano
33 – Arrival from Dunwoody County, Alexandria VA, Maryland, Petersburg, Maryland 10:05 Read by Greg Giordano
34 – Arrival of a Party of Six, 1858 12:30 Read by Patrick Wells
35 – Arrival from Richmond, Baltimore, Hightstown and Virginia, 1858 13:58 Read by Patrick Wells