Ellen craft and william craft
Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom: The Escape of William and Ellen Craft from Slavery by Ellen CraftHusband and wife William and Ellen Crafts break from slavery in 1848 was perhaps the most extraordinary in American history. Numerous newspaper reports in the United States and abroad told of how the two -- fair-skinned Ellen disguised as a white slave master and William posing as her servant -- negotiated heart-pounding brushes with discovery while fleeing Macon, Georgia, for Philadelphia and eventually Boston. No account, though, conveyed the ingenuity, daring, good fortune, and love that characterized their flight for freedom better than the couples own version, published in 1860, a remarkable authorial accomplishment only twelve years beyond illiteracy. Now their stirring first-person narrative and Richard Blacketts excellent interpretive pieces are brought together in one volume to tell the complete story of the Crafts.
William and Ellen Craft (1824-1900; 1826-1891)
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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.
Most runaway slaves fled to freedom in the dead of night, often pursued by barking bloodhounds. One of the most ingenious escapes was that of a married couple from Georgia, Ellen and William Craft, who traveled in first-class trains, dined with a steamboat captain and stayed in the best hotels during their escape to Philadelphia and freedom in Ellen, a quadroon with very fair skin, disguised herself as a young white cotton planter traveling with his slave William. It was William who came up with the scheme to hide in plain sight, but ultimately it was Ellen who convincingly masked her race, her gender and her social status during their four-day trip. Despite the luxury accommodations, the journey was fraught with narrow escapes and heart-in-the-mouth moments that could have led to their discovery and capture. Ellen and William lived in Macon, Georgia, and were owned by different masters.
Ellen Craft — and William Craft September 25, — January 29,  were slaves from Macon, Georgia in the United States who escaped to the North in December by traveling openly by train and steamboat, arriving in Philadelphia on Christmas Day. She passed 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 quadroon daughter of a mulatto slave and her white master, Ellen Craft used her appearance to pass as a white man, dressed in male clothing , during their escape.
The lives of Ellen and William Craft are celebrated on this date. They were two Black abolitionists who were known for William's autobiographical slave narrative describing the couple's dramatic escape from slavery. William and Ellen Craft's self-liberation is one of the most remarkable escapes ever recorded in a historic slave narrative. Ellen was born in in Clinton, GA, to a biracial slave woman and her white master, and was so light-skinned that she was often mistaken for a member of her father's family. This infuriated her mistress and, as a result, at age 11, Ellen was given as a wedding gift to a daughter who lived in Macon. There she met William, whom she married in
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