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Product Details

  • Series: African American
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (June 25, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 048645553X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486455532
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #385,220 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anyone interested in Slaves Narratives should read this book.
tracy
The book is written from the experiences of a confirmed abolitionist who helped escort escaped slaves to freedom by means of the underground railroad.
A. M. Leonard
Especially interesting because it includes first-hand accounts not widely known by most people.
CH

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By tracy on February 20, 2010
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William Still was very instrumental in helping slaves to run on the Underground RR. He wrote his book in 1872. Anyone interested in Slaves Narratives should read this book. He gives comment on alot of slaves that did not become famous but neverthe less escaped. Nothing can take the place of real live witnesses. This is an excellent book for any ones library of AFrican American History
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Judy Jones on April 27, 2010
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I purchased this book to use as research for a book I'm reading. I wanted to get a feel for what runaway slaves were facing and for the mood of the times. William Still's first hand accounts are moving and revealing.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By N. L. Miller on April 5, 2012
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This little gem is exactly as its title says: FIRST HAND narratives. This book is a perfect read for anyone researching that time period whether sixth-grader or thesis writer. Naturally, the spelling and grammar are left as was originally written,spoken by men,women who despite a ban on education, often found the wherewithal to self-teach. Reads like you are THERE!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. M. Leonard on July 24, 2013
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The book is written from the experiences of a confirmed abolitionist who helped escort escaped slaves to freedom by means of the underground railroad. The descriptions he gives makes one know of the desperation and panic the slaves felt in their dash for freedom from the lash.

It also details the heroics of other persons who assisted the fugitives: such as the captain of a ship that happened to be carrying several slaves. The ship was stopped and searched by men trying to recapture the runaways. They thrust swords into hay that was stored on the boat but found nothing. Then they took an axe to several places on the deck but still found nothing. The captain of the vessel bluffed them by grabbing the axe and demanding they tell him where they wanted to search and he would use the axe. He then hit the deck with such force the men backed off and after making him pay the travel tax, let hum go. When he arrived at his destination he freed his grateful cargo from their hiding place.

The retelling of the horrors these people from their own mouths cannot be equaled by stories handed down from book to book. I prefer my historical research to be done from resources written as closely to the actual occurrences as possible because as so often happens, one present day author of a book will make an assumption and state it: then someone else perpetuates that inaccuracy because "they saw it in a book, so it must be true".. As an historical researcher, if I can't verify it for myself, I won't use it. This book is from the actual participants. It is a welcome addition to my research resources.
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By Amazon Customer on April 24, 2014
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Very interesting read on how African Americans went through so much to be free. A lot of information that can be used in the classroom.
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Reading William Still's diary brings the plight of the slaves and those that would help them into focus. It was an easy book to read and hard to put down. It seems impossible that these things occurred in America, but they did!
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