The Underground Railroad, Part 2

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"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. (9 hr 7 min)


01 - Several Arrivals From Different Places 11:55 Read by Maria Kasper
02 - Arrival from Richmond 7:22 Read by Maria Kasper
03 - Eight Arrivals 10:44 Read by Greg Giordano
04 - Charles Thompson 12:30 Read by Lynne T
05 - Blood Flowed Freely 9:19 Read by Lynne T
06 - John Pettifoot; Emanuel T. White 6:33 Read by Lee Smalley
07 - The Escape of a Child Fourteen Months Old; Escape of a Young Slave Mother 12:42 Read by Lee Smalley
08 - Samuel W. Johnson; Family from Baltimore 9:55 Read by Lee Smalley
09 - Elijah Hilton; Solomon Brown; William Hogg; Two Female Passengers from Mar… 12:29 Read by Lee Smalley
10 - Captain F and the Mayor of Norfolk 21:37 Read by Maria Kasper
11 - Arrivals From Different Places 15:11 Read by Maria Kasper
12 - Fleeing Girl of Fifteen in Male Attire, Part 1 17:33 Read by L D Hamilton
13 - Fleeing Girl of Fifteen in Male Attire, Part 2 23:35 Read by L D Hamilton
14 - Fleeing Girl of Fifteen in Male Attire, Part 3 18:47 Read by L D Hamilton
15 - Five Years and One Month Secreted, Part 1 12:36 Read by Lee Smalley
16 - Five Years and One Month Secreted, Part 2 14:33 Read by Lee Smalley
17 - Five Years and One Month Secreted, Part 3 13:46 Read by Lee Smalley
18 - Five Years and One Month Secreted, Part 4 12:40 Read by Lee Smalley
19 - From Virginia, Maryland and Delaware 13:51 Read by Cheri Jordan
20 - Sam, Isaac, Perry, Charles and Green 8:45 Read by Greg Giordano
21 - From Richmond and Norfolk, Virginia 11:26 Read by Maria Kasper
22 - Four Arrivals 27:36 Read by Maria Kasper
23 - From Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, North Carolina, Washington D.C. and Sou… 21:10 Read by Maria Kasper
24 - From Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, North Carolina, Washington D.C. and Sou… 20:20 Read by Maria Kasper
25 - Charles Gilbert 15:33 Read by Maria Kasper
26 - Liberty or Death; Salt-Water Fugitive 18:20 Read by Maria Kasper
27 - Samuel Green 13:44 Read by Maria Kasper
28 - An Irish Girl's Devotion to Freedom 13:26 Read by Cheri Jordan
29 - Sam Nixon 18:09 Read by Lynne T
30 - Sundry Arrivals, Part 1 23:59 Read by Kevin W. Davidson
31 - Sundry Arrivals, Part 2 20:57 Read by Kevin W. Davidson
32 - Heavy Reward; Slave Trader Hall is Foiled 16:41 Read by Lynne T
33 - The Protection of Slave Property in Virginia 13:21 Read by Greg Giordano
34 - Escaping in a Chest; Isaac Williams, Henry Banks, and Kit Nickless; Arriva… 22:20 Read by L D Hamilton
35 - Sundry Arrivals About August 1, 1855 23:50 Read by Maria Kasper