Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom: or, the Escape of by Ellen Craft, William Craft

By Ellen Craft, William Craft

William and Ellen Craft have been slaves from Macon who won star after a bold public break out in December 1848. The light-skinned Ellen Craft posed as a white girl touring together with her valet. The daring ruse labored and the couple have been capable of elude slave hunters and finally move the Mason-Dixon line. After many trials and tribulations, together with pretending to be a married interracial couple, they finally settled open air Savannah, Georgia the place they have been in a position to buy land. Running 1000 Miles for Freedom is a fast paced, suspenseful account in their marvelous trip.

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But, notwithstanding this, many persons will sell a slave any article that he can get the money to buy. Not that they sympathize with the slave, but merely because his testimony is not admitted in court against a free white person. Therefore, with little difficulty I went to different parts of the town, at odd times, and purchased things piece by piece, (except the trowsers which Page 31 she found necessary to make,) and took them home to the house where my wife resided. She being a ladies' maid, and a favourite slave in the family, was allowed a little room to herself; and amongst other pieces of furniture which I had made in my overtime, was a chest of drawers; so when I took the articles home, she locked them up carefully in these drawers.

But after I concluded to purchase the disguise, I was afraid to go to any one to ask him to sell me the articles. It is unlawful in Georgia for a white man to trade with slaves without the master's consent. But, notwithstanding this, many persons will sell a slave any article that he can get the money to buy. Not that they sympathize with the slave, but merely because his testimony is not admitted in court against a free white person. Therefore, with little difficulty I went to different parts of the town, at odd times, and purchased things piece by piece, (except the trowsers which Page 31 she found necessary to make,) and took them home to the house where my wife resided.

Page 49 By this time we were near Charleston; my master thanked the captain for his advice, and they all withdrew and went on deck, where the trader fancied he became quite eloquent. He drew a crowd around him, and with emphasis said, "Cap'en, if I was the President of this mighty United States of America, the greatest and freest country under the whole universe, I would never let no man, I don't care who he is, take a nigger into the North and bring him back here, filled to the brim, as he is sure to be, with d­­­­d abolition vices, to taint all quiet niggers with the hellish spirit of running away.

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