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Underground Railroad: The William Still Story

Slavery and Freedom

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As incredible as it sounds today, in the 1850s many Americans believed that slaves were incapable of thinking for themselves and could not survive on their own. They believed that the black man was created by God to serve a white master and found passages in the Bible to prove it. Some slave holders even argued that they were doing their slaves a favor by providing them with food and shelter.

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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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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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