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

ISBN-10: 080712320X

ISBN-13: 9780807123201

Edition: 1999

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This narrative tells the story of William and Ellen Craft, a couple who, disguised as a white slave master and servant, escaped from slavery in 1848 and fled to Boston. In this volume their account is accompanied by a biographical essay.
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Book details

List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
Publication date: 1/1/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 120
Size: 9.00" wide x 6.25" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.396
Language: English

Ellen Craft (1826-1891) and William Craft (September 25, 1824 - January 29, 1900) were slaves from Macon, Georgia in the United States who escaped to the North in December 1848 by traveling openly by train and steamboat, arriving in Philadelphia on Christmas Day. She posed as a white male planter and he as her personal servant. Their daring escape was widely publicized, making them among the most famous of fugitive slaves. Abolitionists featured them in public lectures to gain support in the struggle to end the institution. As the light-skinned mixed-race daughter of a mulatto slave and her white master, Ellen Craft used her appearance to pass as a white man, dressed in appropriate clothing. Threatened by slave catchers in Boston after passage of the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, the Crafts escaped to England, where they lived for nearly two decades and reared five children. The Crafts lectured publicly about their escape. In 1860 they published a written account, Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom; Or, The Escape of William and Ellen Craft from Slavery. One of the most compelling of the many slave narratives published before the American Civil War, their book reached wide audiences in Great Britain and the United States. After their return to the US in 1868, the Crafts opened an agricultural school for freedmen's children in Georgia and worked the farm until 1890. Their account was reprinted in the United States in 1999, with both the Crafts credited as authors.

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