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The Underground Railroad: Full AudioBook | Greatest Audio Books | by William Still – Abolitionism – In 1844, William Still moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he began working as a clerk for the Pennsylvania Anti-Slavery Society. In 1859 he attempted to desegregate the city’s public transit system. He opened a stove store during the American Civil War. Often called “The Father of the Underground Railroad,” Still helped as many as 800 slaves escape to freedom, interviewing each person and keeping careful records, including a brief biography and the destination of each person, along with any alias that they adopted, though he kept his records carefully hidden. Still worked with other Underground Railroad agents operating in the south and in many counties in southern Pennsylvania. His network to freedom also included agents in New Jersey, New York, New England and Canada. Harriet Tubman traveled through is office with fellow passengers on several occasions during the 1850’s. After the Civil War, Still published the secret notes he’d kept in diaries during those years, and his book is a source of many historical details of the workings of the Underground Railroad. (summary adapted from wikipedia.org – attribution: http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?t…).
The Underground Railroad was neither underground nor a railroad. It got its name because its activities had to be carried out in secret, using darkness or disguise, and because railway terms were used by those involved with system to describe how it worked. Various routes were lines, stopping places were called stations, those who aided along the way were conductors and their charges were known as packages or freight. The network of routes extended through 14 Northern states and “the promised land” of Canada–beyond the reach of fugitive-slave hunters. Those who most actively assisted slaves to escape by way of the “railroad” were members of the free black community (including former slaves like Harriet Tubman), Northern abolitionists, philanthropists and church leaders like Quaker Thomas Garrett. Harriet Beecher Stowe, famous for her novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin, gained firsthand knowledge of the plight of fugitive slaves through contacts with the Underground Railroad in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Underground Railroad Free Press: Site of the original Uncle Tom’s cabin, formerly the Isaac Riley Plantation, now the Josiah Henson Special Park, a protected historic site in North Bethesda, Maryland. This cabin is similar to the one in which Josiah Henson was enslaved at this farm until 1830 when he escaped to Canada on the Underground Railroad. It was Henson upon whom Harriet Beecher Stowe based the title character of her book Uncle Tom’s Cabin in 1852.
Underground Railroad Free Press Company Overview:
Underground Railroad Free Press was founded in 2006 to fill the unmet need of objective reporting on the Underground Railroad of today. According to a 2007 survey, Underground Railroad Free Press is the most widely read Underground Railroad periodical publication with about double the readership of any competitor.
The main purpose of Underground Railroad Free Press is objective reporting of news on the Underground Railroad of today. This includes what organizations and individuals are doing on behalf of the Underground Railroad and concentrates on useful information for the public, especially the identification of Underground Railroad safe-houses and routes, preservation efforts, Underground Railroad programs and threats to sites or programs. The emphasis is on breaking news. We welcome guest opinion editorials – op-ed pieces. Underground Railroad Free Press is published six times per year on the fifteenth of January, March, May, July, September and November.