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The Underground Rail Road by William Still

The Underground Rail Road. A Record of Facts, Authentic Narratives, Letters, &c.

This is the illustrated cover for the 1879 edition of William Still's The Underground Rail Road. Originally published in 1872 and republished numerous times, this book narrates the history of the Underground Railroad and the individual stories of enslaved men and women who escaped bondage by fleeing to free states and to Canada. According to the title page, Still was "for many years connected with the Anti-Slavery office in Philadelphia, and Chairman of the Acting Vigilant Committee of the Philadelphia Branch of the Underground Rail Road."

Citation: The Underground Rail Road. A Record of Facts, Authentic Narratives, Letters, &c., Narrating the Hardships Hair-breadth Escapes and Death Struggles of the Slaves in their efforts for Freedom, as Related by Themselves and Others, or Witnessed by the Author; Together with Sketches of Some of the Largest Stockholders, and Most Liberal Aiders and advisers, of the Road. E 450 .S85 1879. Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

Original Author: William Still

Created: 1872; 1879 edition shown

Medium: Book cover

Courtesy of University of Virginia Special Collections

William Still

This engraved portrait of William Still serves as the frontispiece for the original 1872 edition of his book The Underground Rail Road, which narrates the history of the Underground Railroad and the individual stories of enslaved men and women who escaped bondage by fleeing to free states and to Canada. Still was born a free black in New Jersey, and, according to the title page of his book, was "for many years connected with the Anti-Slavery office in Philadelphia, and Chairman of the Acting Vigilant Committee of the Philadelphia Branch of the Underground Rail Road." Still self-published the book and sold it by subscription. It had numerous editions and was exhibited at the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition in 1876.

Original Author: Unknown

Created: ca. 1872

Medium: Engraved frontispiece

Courtesy of Internet Archive

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  • The Underground Rail Road. A Record of Facts, Authentic Narratives, Letters, &c.

    This is the illustrated cover for the 1879 edition of William Still's The Underground Rail Road. Originally published in 1872 and republished numerous times, this book narrates the history of the Underground Railroad and the individual stories of enslaved men and women who escaped bondage by fleeing to free states and to Canada. According to the title page, Still was "for many years connected with the Anti-Slavery office in Philadelphia, and Chairman of the Acting Vigilant Committee of the Philadelphia Branch of the Underground Rail Road."

    Citation: The Underground Rail Road. A Record of Facts, Authentic Narratives, Letters, &c., Narrating the Hardships Hair-breadth Escapes and Death Struggles of the Slaves in their efforts for Freedom, as Related by Themselves and Others, or Witnessed by the Author; Together with Sketches of Some of the Largest Stockholders, and Most Liberal Aiders and advisers, of the Road. E 450 .S85 1879. Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

    Original Author: William Still

    Created: 1872; 1879 edition shown

    Medium: Book cover

    Courtesy of University of Virginia Special Collections

  • William Still

    This engraved portrait of William Still serves as the frontispiece for the original 1872 edition of his book The Underground Rail Road, which narrates the history of the Underground Railroad and the individual stories of enslaved men and women who escaped bondage by fleeing to free states and to Canada. Still was born a free black in New Jersey, and, according to the title page of his book, was "for many years connected with the Anti-Slavery office in Philadelphia, and Chairman of the Acting Vigilant Committee of the Philadelphia Branch of the Underground Rail Road." Still self-published the book and sold it by subscription. It had numerous editions and was exhibited at the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition in 1876.

    Original Author: Unknown

    Created: ca. 1872

    Medium: Engraved frontispiece

    Courtesy of Internet Archive