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Vigilance : the life of William Still, Father of the Underground Railroad

Diemer, Andrew K. (author.).

Summary: "Born free in 1821 to two parents who had been enslaved, William Still was drawn to antislavery work from a young age. Hired as a clerk at the Anti-Slavery office in Philadelphia after teaching himself to read and write, he began directly assisting enslaved people who were crossing over from the South into freedom. Andrew Diemer captures the full range and accomplishments of Still's life, from his resistance to Fugitive Slave Laws and his relationship with John Brown before the war, to his long career fighting for citizenship rights and desegregation until the early twentieth century. Despite Still's disappearance from history books, during his lifetime he was known as the Father of the Underground Railroad. Working alongside Harriet Tubman and others at the center of the struggle for Black freedom, Still helped to lay the groundwork for long-lasting activism in the Black community, insisting that the success of their efforts lay not in the work of a few charismatic leaders, but in the cultivation of extensive grassroots networks. Through meticulous research and engaging writing, Vigilance establishes William Still in his rightful place in American history as a major figure of the abolitionist movement."--

Item details

  • ISBN: 9781638085799
  • ISBN: 163808579X
  • Physical Description: large print
    566 pages (large print) : illustrations, portraits ; 23 cm
  • Edition: Center Point Large Print edition.
  • Publisher: Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2023.

Contents / Notes

General Note: Regular print version previously published by Alfred A. Knopf.
Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 530-565).
Formatted Contents Note: A Boy in the Pines -- A Young Man in the City -- The Anti-Slavery Office -- The Fugitive Slave Law -- The Business of the Underground Railroad -- The Jane Johnson Affair -- "Your National Ship is Rotting" -- Dark Days -- The War Years and New Challenges -- The Streetcar Fight -- Writing the Book -- Looking Forward, Looking Backward.
Subject: Still, William 1821-1902
African American abolitionists Pennsylvania Philadelphia Biography
Fugitive slaves United States Biography
Antislavery movements United States History 19th century
Underground Railroad Pennsylvania Philadelphia
Abolitionists Pennsylvania Philadelphia Biography
Large type books
Philadelphia (Pa.) Biography
Still, William 1821-1902
African American abolitionists
Antislavery movements
Fugitive slaves
Large type books
Underground Railroad
Pennsylvania Philadelphia
United States
Genre: Biographies.
Large type books.

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