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El Valiente Escape de Ellen Y William Craft

(Graphic Library: Graphic History)

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Tells the story of Ellen and William Craft's unique escape from slavery in Georgia to freedom in Pennsylvania.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by Capstone Press (first published 2005)
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Alicia
Woah. Did not know this story and am fascinated by the ingenuity and love that the Craft's had for one another to attempt what could have been the end of their life escape from slavery. She used her light skin to pass for white, but she couldn't be a white woman with a black male slave accompanying her so she cut her hair, sewed and purchased men's clothing and passed herself off as an injured white man traveling with her black male slave taking several train rides and more to get to freedom whe ...more
Angela
Feb 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Ellen and William Craft escaped slavery in Georgia during the Christmas holiday of 1848. Their primary motive was their desire for a large family and their refusal to raise children in slavery. Not only would the children be slaves, but as the legal property of the slave owner, they could be taken from their parents at any time. The young couple disguised Ellen, a light-skinned, half-white woman, as a white, male slave owner travelling with his slave. Because she couldn’t read or write, Ellen wr ...more
Lady Knight
I initially picked this up after recognizing the disguise depicted on the front cover. I just recently listened to the "Stuff You Missed in History Class" podcast on the Craft's escape and was eager to read a graphic novel version of their amazing story.

While definitely done in an appealing style, this was definitely a little short for me. Granted I'm not in the target audience, for whom I do think it would be a perfect encapsulation, but the book did seem a little light on facts. I do think I w
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