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William Craft

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Overview

Author

William Craft

Year Published

1860

Type

Primary Source

Genre

History

At a Glance

  • Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom, or the Escape of William and Ellen Craft from Slavery is a slave narrative by William Craft (1824–1900) and Ellen Craft (1826–91), written in 1860.
  • The text is a firsthand account of the couple's escape from slavery in 1848.
  • Ellen Craft disguised herself as a white male slaveholder traveling north, with William posing as her slave.
  • After a perilous four-day journey, the pair arrived in Pennsylvania, a free state. They later moved on to Boston.
  • The Fugitive Slave Act (1850) rewarded authorities who returned escaped slaves to their owners. The law threatened the Crafts' freedom in the North, so they fled to England, where slavery was illegal.
  • Like other 19th-century slave narratives, the Crafts' depiction of the evils of slavery was received with enthusiasm by abolitionists but dismissed as propaganda by slavery's advocates.

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