Great Escapes: Four Slave Narratives (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

Great Escapes: Four Slave Narratives (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

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Collected in this volume are four published slave narratives of daring escapes to freedom. William and Ellen Craft’s Running a Thousand Miles to Freedom (1860), tells the story of the couple reaching freedom in 1848 by travelling openly by train—with Ellen Craft posing as a white male planter and William as her servant. This is followed by two versions of Henry “Box” Brown’s escape by mailing himself to Philadelphia in 1849—Narrative of Henry “Box” Brown, published that same year in America and Narrative of the Life of Henry “Box” Brown, published in 1851 in Britain. Finally, William Wells Brown’s Narrative of William Wells Brown (1847), tells of the young man’s surreptitious exit from a steamboat docked in Ohio, a free state, in 1834.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781411432253
Publisher: Barnes & Noble
Publication date: 06/01/2009
Series: Barnes & Noble Classics Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 1,097,033
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 3 Months to 18 Years

Table of Contents

The World of The Great Escapes     ix
Introduction   Daphne A. Brooks     xv
The Great Escapes     1
Narrative of William W. Brown, a Fugitive Slave (1848)     3
Narrative of Henry Box Brown (1849)     93
Narrative of the Life of Henry Box Brown (1851)     161
Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom (1860)     221
Glossary of Names     287
Endnotes     295
Inspired by The Great Escapes     305
Excerpts from Josephine Brown's: Biography of an American Bondman (1856)     309
For Further Reading     321

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