Item #18068 William Still's The Underground Railroad First Edition, 1872. William Stills.
William Still's The Underground Railroad First Edition, 1872
William Still's The Underground Railroad First Edition, 1872

William Still's The Underground Railroad First Edition, 1872

First Edition

STILL, William. The Underground Rail Road. Philadelphia: Porter & Coates, 1872. First edition, first printing. Contemporary rebinding with black boards and attractive gold gilt title on spine. 9.25" x 6.5" in. 780 pages. A foundational text on freeing slaves in America written by one of the most active African American "conductors" on the underground railroad. William Still, the son of slaves and an outspoken abolitionist, was known as the Father of the Underground Railroad for effectively organizing its covert route of safe houses and conductors that carried slaves out of the American south to free northern states and Canada. Over the course of his run as conductor he helped over 600 slaves escape to freedom, interviewing them and recording their stories then compiling them into this volume. The accounts are at once harrowing and moving, showing the courageous tenacity required of escape. Reads one, "At this juncture, the fugitives verily believing that the time had arrived for the practical use of their pistols and dirks, pulled them out o their concealment - the young women as well as the young men - and declared they would not be 'taken!' One of the white men raised his gun, pointing the muzzle directly towards one of the young women with the threat that he would 'shoot.' 'Shoot! shoot!! shoot!!!' she exclaimed, with a double barreled pistol in one hand and a long dirk knife in the other, utterly unterrified and fully ready for a death struggle." Boards have light shelf-wear present to the extremities. No ownership marks present. Text is clean and free of marks. Binding tight and solid.

Item #18068

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