The Gist of Freedom is Still Faith is a book about William Still and the intricate
network of the Underground Railroad. William Still was the Black abolitionist from
Philadelphia who was described by the New York Times as "The Father of The
Underground Railroad," and who financed and commissioned Harriet Tubman's
rescue missions. Abolitionist William Still literally wrote the Underground Railroad book
and is the ancestor of author, Lesley Gist-Etheridge.
The book, The Gist of Freedom traces
several tremendous people and stories within the world of the abolitionist movement and the Underground Railroad. Not only does this material inspire with the truly heroic multi-racial efforts of the Underground Railroad, it finds particular resonance in America today. An America where the impossible becomes possible and where hope might be fulfilled. It features William Still - who, even in the 19th century embodied these modern feats. In the face of extreme challenges he prevailed to see many slaves reach freedom. His drive to see the vindication of the human spirit continued past the end of the Civil War and into the antebellum period when he fought Jim Crow. Still’s story makes a full circle journey through poverty to prosperity, ending at philanthropy (just one of Justice’s tools).
The rewards Mr. Still received for his good work in the abolitionist movement and in the Underground Railroad are evident in his faithfulness. Working as a renowned abolitionist led him to unknowingly forge the miraculous reunion between his long-lost enslaved brother, Peter Gist and their mother Charity. William Still lived a long and honorable life. The New York Times in 1902 reported he died worth nearly a million dollars.
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