Book Report for Underground Railroad

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William Wang
Mrs. Smart
Book Report Midterm Report

Underground Railroad
Dramatic First-Hand Accounts
1. Alabama
a. Narrative of Peter Still
i. This narrative appears in stills Underground Railroad Records ii. One of the greatest documents of the underground railroad iii. The life, struggles, and success of Peter and his Family were ably brought before the public in “The Kidnapped and the Ransoms” iv. His Parents Levin and Sidney were both slaves on the Eastern shore of Maryland v. The father was able to buy his freedom at a low sum vi. But the wife and mother remained a slave

vii. The wife had four children, two girls and two boys viii. Fled to Greenwich New Jersey to escape bondage ix. Even though she had a glimpse of freedom, the slave hunters still captured her x. For three months she was kept locked up at night to prevent escaping again xi. After the punishment ended the owner thought that she would not escape again but she escaped but only brought the girls xii. Escaped for a final freedom at Burlington County, New Jersey xiii. She changed her name to Charity

xiv. Was able to be joined with her husband once again xv. Peter and his brother Levin were sold by the enraged owner to a southern market 2. Georgia and Florida
xvi. At Georgia’s forming, slavery was prohibited by law xvii. Judge Leon A. Higginbotham, Jr. announced that he did not pass the law for humanitarian reasons nor did it move Georgia courts to a more sympathetic view xviii. By the 1830’s pro slavery propagandists had destroyed most of the antislavery sentiment, and cotton became king xix. Wealthy planters continued to participate in the illegal slave trade and the idea of emancipation and its implementation grew stronger xx. Many runaway slaves made good their escape from southern Georgia into the everglades of Florida and remained in these swamps for many years with the Seminole Indians xxi. Others found security among the Creek Indians in Georgia and Alabama xxii. Seminole Chief Osceola was one of those who welcomed fugitives xxiii. He married a black woman and his interpreter and guide was a black man born among the Seminoles and known as chief Abraham xxiv. The American government waged the Seminoles War which relocated the tribe to Oklahoma xxv. This led to the trail of tears where 450 to 500 blacks went out also b. Narrative of William and Ellen Craft

xxvi. William and Ellen prepared to endure any type of suffering for freedom xxvii. They decided that since Ellen could be passed on as a white, one would act as a servant and the other as the master xxviii. In order to register at hotels it required a gentleman to, since William had been with his young master for a long time it would be easy for William to pass as an old gentlemen xxix. They slowly acted their way north

xxx. When they reached Philadelphia they were relieved xxxi. But to secure freedom the planned to move north to Boston xxxii. But in bad luck the word spread that they had escaped xxxiii. The Fugitive Slave Act had passed and put William and Ellen in deep danger 3. Mississippi and Louisiana

c. Narrative of a No Name women
xxxiv. Lived in capture in Mississippi
xxxv. Poor, ignorant and a slave
xxxvi. Only knew about the truths of Jesus
xxxvii. Relied on deep prayer
xxxviii. When escaped, she asked god for protection xxxix. Got through to the north
xl. Then to Canada
xli. After being free she devout her life to god
d. Narrative of Dr. Alexander Milton
xlii. Went to New Orleans for a mission
xliii. Whenever a slave succeeded in...
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