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Master slave husband wife : an epic journey from slavery to freedom  Cover Image Book Book

Master slave husband wife : an epic journey from slavery to freedom / Ilyon Woo.

Woo, Ilyon, (author.).


The remarkable true story of Ellen and William Craft, who escaped slavery through daring, determination, and disguise, with Ellen passing as a wealthy, disabled White man and William posing as “his” slave.In 1848, a year of international democratic revolt, a young, enslaved couple, Ellen and William Craft, achieved one of the boldest feats of self-emancipation in American history. Posing as master and slave, while sustained by their love as husband and wife, they made their escape together across more than 1,000 miles, riding out in the open on steamboats, carriages, and trains that took them from bondage in Georgia to the free states of the North.Along the way, they dodged slave traders, military officers, and even friends of their enslavers, who might have revealed their true identities. The tale of their adventure soon made them celebrities, and generated headlines around the country. Americans could not get enough of this charismatic young couple, who traveled another 1,000 miles criss-crossing New England, drawing thunderous applause as they spoke alongside some of the greatest abolitionist luminaries of the day-among them Frederick Douglass and William Wells Brown.But even then, they were not out of danger. With the passage of an infamous new Fugitive Slave Act in 1850, all Americans became accountable for returning refugees like the Crafts to slavery. Then yet another adventure began, as slave hunters came up from Georgia, forcing the Crafts to flee once again-this time from the United States, their lives and thousands more on the line and the stakes never higher.

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  • ISBN: 9781501191053
  • ISBN: 1501191055
  • Physical Description: 410 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2023.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index (pages 395-410).
Subject: Craft, William.
Craft, Ellen.
Husband and wife > United States > Biography.
Fugitive slaves > United States > Biography.
Fugitive slaves > England > Biography.
Enslaved persons > Georgia > Biography.
Racially mixed women > United States > Biography.
Abolitionists > United States > Biography.
Antislavery movements > History > 19th century.
Genre: Biographies.

Available copies

  • 18 of 23 copies available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at North Kansas City.


  • 3 current holds with 23 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
North Kansas City Public Library 306.36209 WOO 2023 (Text) 0001012503033 Nonfiction Available -

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