William Craft wrote of his escape with his wife Ellen after they had reached freedom. Born into slavery, William suffered at the hands of his master. He met and fell in love with his wife Ellen, but they refused to bear children into the institution of slavery. Finally they hatched a plan to reach freedom, the story told in this book.
Running 1,000 Miles to Freedom: The Escape of William and Ellen Craft From Slaveryby William Craft
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In 1848, William and Ellen Craft hatched a daring plan to escape from slavery; Ellen would pose as a white man, with her husband playing the part of his slave. Within eight days of hatching the plan, they were free! Here is the exciting story of their planning and escape from slavery, knowing every step of the way that to be caught would mean death. They finally reach the northern states, only to find that they are still not safe!
THIS VERSION IS EDITED FOR CHILDREN.
Text is taken from the autobiography of William Craft: “Running 1,000 Miles for Freedom”. The words are his own, though some edits have been made to shorten the story to a length suitable for children and to make the story more easily understood by children. Additionally, some text has been slightly altered to update words, and words which may be considered extremely offensive to many people have been altered slightly.
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