history paper - The book The Underground Railroad by...

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The book, The Underground Railroad by William Still , begins with a record of facts, authentic narratives, and letters from slaves that are trying to escape enslavement via the Underground Railroad. According to Still, “the passengers of the Underground Railroad were physically and intellectually above the average order of slaves, they were determined to have liberty even at the cost of life.” William Still’s purpose of this book is to talk about the records and the documentation that were taken from slaves on their journey to the Underground Railroad. Such objects were taken with the hopes to get out of slavery and live a somewhat free life. All of the records and documents Still captures from interviews with escaped slaves, capture key points about what it was like escaping from the place they had known as a torturous home prior to running away and becoming free. William Still writes very detailed information from facts, authentic narratives, and letters on the slave’s efforts for freedom, which is all taken directly from slaves themselves, or witnessed by the author. Still uses this piece of work to demonstrate realistic information about many slaves’ efforts in escaping to freedom; as well as demonstrate the hardships, death struggles, and hair-breadth escapes that came with their journeys to freedom. William Still is known to have helped several slaves get through the Underground Railroad, which involved taking many risks in order to aid slaves to freedom through the Underground Railroad. “The risk of aiding fugitives was never lost sight of, and the safety of all concerned called for still tongues. Hence sad and thrilling stories were listened to, and made deep impressions; but as a universal rule, friend and fugitive parted with only very vivid recollection of the secret interview and with mutual sympathy; for a length of time no narratives were written.” Every person who helped in 1
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aiding slaves took a risk that could have resulted in imprisonment or possibly murder, which is why many people did not support the aid to slaves. William Still helped many people receive information of what it was like escaping slavery through direct interviews. In my opinion, William Still portrayed a very strong book by talking strictly about these
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This note was uploaded on 02/25/2012 for the course HIST 3373B taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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