Project MUSE - Love, Liberation, and Escaping SlaveryThis edition of their thrilling story is newly typeset from the original text. Eleven annotated supplementary readings, drawn from a variety of contemporary sources, help to place the Crafts' story within the complex cultural currents of transatlantic abolitionism. In the literature and lore of transatlantic abolition, Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom is one of the most extraordinary, yet least often evaluated, works. Anthologies more routinely include The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano , which went into its eighth edition in less than five years, The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass , which reached nine British printings in a phenomenal two years, or Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs , which probably would have gone into several editions if the nation had not plunged into the Civil War. Harriet Tubman may have been their fierce, unflappable soldier. Peruse any respectable history of African American life and culture—from a university classroom standard like From Slavery to Freedom to a bookstore staple like the three-volume Afri -.
It is a realistic accounting of the language pro-slavery forces used to justify the "peculiar institution". It is less well known that the language was used to incite push back from abolitionists, which acted as oil on a fire. It also emboldened other supporters to lash out at anti-slavery forces. It is a pattern to we see repeated today by racists and bigots everywhere. History is not kind to the clergy and the churches that provided cover for the pro-slavery forces.
Simply link your Qantas Frequent Flyer membership number to your Booktopia account and earn points on eligible orders. Either by signing into your account or linking your membership details before your order is placed. Your points will be added to your account once your order is shipped. Click on the cover image above to read some pages of this book! William Craft says of the classic slavery memoir, Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom-Or, The Escape of William and Ellen Craft from Slavery, "This book is not intended as a full history of the life of my wife, nor of myself; but merely as an account of our escape; together with other matter which I hope may be the means of creating in some minds a deeper abhorrence of the sinful and abominable practice of enslaving and brutifying our fellow-creatures. She passed as a white male planter and he as her personal servant.
A Slave Story: Running A Thousand Miles For Freedom
Ellen Craft c. Her mother was a slave and her father was her mother's owner. She married William Craft c in In , Ellen daringly decided to use her light skin to pass as white in order to travel by train and boat to the North, with William posing as her slave. In order to carry out this plan, Ellen also had to pass as male since a single white woman would not have been travelling alone with a male slave at this time. Although they encountered several close calls along the way, the plan worked. Eight days after they began in Georgia, William and Ellen arrived in Philadelphia on Christmas day,
William and Ellen Craft were born into slavery in Georgia. Ellen was the daughter of a white slaveholding father and slave mother. Because she took after her father in appearance, she could pass for white. William, on the other hand, had a dark complexion. His master arranged for him to apprentice under a cabinet maker, and he became a skilled carpenter. In , William and Ellen escaped and traveled to Boston, where abolitionists helped establish them in the community and taught them to read and write.
Known for : escaped from enslavement to become an active abolitionist and educator, wrote with her husband a book about their escape. Her father was the enslaver of her mother, Major James Smith. In Macon, Ellen met William Craft, an enslaved man, and craftsman. They wanted to marry, but Ellen did not want to bear any children as long as they would also be enslaved at birth, and could be separated as she was from her mother. Ellen wanted to defer marriage until they escaped, but she and William could not find a workable plan, given how far they would have to travel on foot through states where they could be found out.