Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom
Ellen and William Craft were married slaves from Georgia who escaped to the North in 1848 through train and steamboat. Ellen and William later moved to England following the Fugitive Slave Act and lived their for nearly two decades. In 1860 they published Running a Thousand Miles to Freedom, a written account of their experience including details of their daring escape....more
They lived for a while in Boston, but after passage of the Fugitive Slave Act of ...more
"Our old masters, having ...more
1. The blurred racial lines, even back then, when slavery was "solid."
2. The blurred religious lines (a slave owner admitting her slave was more religious than her and had a positive influence on her spirituality, for example).
3. The irony of the slaves' need to escape to England for true freedom.
I read this book as a free ebook on Google Books: http://tinyurl.com/bygkcg
While I find the Crafts extremely interesting, strong, and inspiring, their narrative fell rather flat for me. Their story is amazing but I don’t feel like this ...more
This compelling narrative offers a firsthand account of a couple's remarkable flight from slavery in the antebellum South. William and Ellen Craft devised a daring plan in which the light-skinned wife disguised herself as a man and the husband posed as her servant. This brief memoir ...more
The narrative, though short, is absolutely riveting (and is slated to be a movie in the next few years, apparently). Co-written by a husband and wife who escaped from slavery together, the wife's skin was light enough that they decided the best way to escape was for her to pass herself off as her husband's "master."
I don't know how they ever made it, but God bless them! ...more
I so much wish this was a book of fiction . And in today's climate , I can't even have an ounce of disbelief. It breaks my heart to feel that while our country's shameful engagement of slavery is long over, many of the same illogical, inhuman, disgusting prejudices still exist today. The courage it took for those who attempted, successfully or not, to escape the horror of slavery is astounding to me. I'm thankful to be able to read about it from a first hand account.
It's also interesting because the story of the Crafts occurred during the 1850's and was one of the Boston vigilance committee rescues via sending them immediately to Great Britain. It's always ironic and bitter to read true stories that intersect with the cultural problems the South had/has. History does not deal in lies, however. The truth must be known. Especially now.
Very enjoyable book. This autobiography is interesting qne compelling from start to finish. I have read many first person accounts about American slavery and escapes from slavery, but this story is definitely unique in many ways. The writing is eloquent and there is a lot of quotable material. Definitely recommend reading this one.
Out of the past and into the present, we travel along with William and Ellen Craft on their precarious journey to freedom. Their success bears witness to the goodness and courage of many brave people who dared to help them.