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Underground Railroad: The William Still Story

Fugitive Slave Act

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The Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 was the last attempt by the government in Washington to appease the southern slave states and shut down the Underground Railroad. It required every state and territory in the United States to assist in the return of fugitive slaves and gave slave owners the right to seek them out even in states that had abolished slavery.

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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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Underground Railroad: The William Still Story

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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Underground Railroad: The William Still Story

William Still's Place in History

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

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Underground Railroad: The William Still Story

Chief Conductor

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Underground Railroad: The William Still Story

Epilogue

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Freedom's Land

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