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Underground Railroad: The William Still Story

Coded Spirituals

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Many of the well-known Negro Spirituals popular in the United States during the mid-1800s are much more complex than they first appear. Historians of the Underground Railroad refer to them as "Coded Spirituals". What that means is that the words actually have two meanings; one that is immediately apparent and one that's hidden just below the surface.

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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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Sydney Still's Run for Freedom

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