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William Still, The Underground Rail Road: A Record of Facts, Authentic Narratives, Letters, &c. (Philadelphia: Porter & Coates, 1872)

A Resourceful Runaway

Successful runaways, like Edgar, were resourceful. He had meticulously planned his escape from North Carolina to Norfolk, Virginia, where he would get money from a sale, and then would travel to Richmond to take his wife North. It was an audacious plan that denotes not only his eagerness to be free but also his willingness to take additional risks so that his wife could be too.

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