Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom: The Escape of William and Ellen Craft from Slavery

Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom: The Escape of William and Ellen Craft from Slavery

by William Craft, Ellen Craft
     
 

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In 1848 William and Ellen Craft made one of the most daring and remarkable escapes in the history of slavery in America. With fair-skinned Ellen in the guise of a white male planter and William posing as her servant, the Crafts traveled by rail and ship - in plain sight and relative luxury - from bondage in Macon, Georgia, to freedom first in Philadelphia, then Boston… See more details below

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In 1848 William and Ellen Craft made one of the most daring and remarkable escapes in the history of slavery in America. With fair-skinned Ellen in the guise of a white male planter and William posing as her servant, the Crafts traveled by rail and ship - in plain sight and relative luxury - from bondage in Macon, Georgia, to freedom first in Philadelphia, then Boston, and ultimately England. This edition of their thrilling story faithfully follows the original 1860 text. The new introduction and annotated supplementary readings, drawn from a variety of contemporary sources, help to place the Crafts' story within the complex cultural currents of transatlantic abolitionism.

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"Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom is the most significant fugitive slave narrative to come out of Georgia. I know of no other account that provides as riveting an account of an actual escape experience. It offers so much more in its treatment of gender and racial role-reversals, of husband-wife and master-slave relations, and of abolitionist activity on both sides of the Mason-Dixon line.”--Georgia Historical Quarterly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820321042
Publisher:
University of Georgia Press
Publication date:
04/01/1999
Series:
Brown Thrasher Books Series
Pages:
152
Sales rank:
1,043,141
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.35(d)

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