Underground Railroad: The William Still Story

Premiered February 2012

Underground Railroad: The Williams Still Story is the story of a humble Philadelphia clerk who risked his life shepherding runaway slaves to freedom in the tumultuous years leading up to America’s Civil War. William Still was the director of a complex network of abolitionists, sympathizers and safe houses that stretched from Philadelphia to what is now Southern Ontario.

Underground Railroad: The William Still Story is made possible by CN Railway, the Rogers Cable Network, Canada Media Fund, The Rogers Documentary Fund, and by The Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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Underground Railroad: The William Still Story

Coded Spirituals

Well-known Negro Spirituals of the mid-1800s are much more complex than they first appear.

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Origin of the name Underground Railroad

Historians have never been able to pin down how the Underground Railroad got its name.

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Punishment

Slaves who ran away from their masters and were re-captured suffered terrible punishments.

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Slavery and Freedom

In the 1850s many Americans believed that slaves were incapable of surviving on their own.

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William Still's Place in History

William Still earned the name "The Father of the Underground Railroad".

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Chief Conductor

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Epilogue

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Freedom's Land

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