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7. Slavery and

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William and Ellen Craft - Selected Archive Items

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[6828] Anonymous, The Death of Clotel (1853),
courtesy of William Wells Brown, Clotel; or, The President's Daughter: A Narrative of Slave Life in the United States (1853).
One of the first published novels by an African American, Clotel told the story of a slave daughter of Thomas Jefferson and contained Brown's own personal slave narrative, as well as a fictionalized version of William and Ellen Craft's story.

[6852] Anonymous, Ellen Craft the Fugitive Slave (1860),
frontispiece of Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom, by William Craft.
The light-skinned Ellen Craft escaped from slavery with her husband, William, by posing as a white man and her husband's master, symbolizing how slavery and resistance disrupted the "normal" social order.

[6876] Anonymous, William Craft (1879),
courtesy of the Library of Congress, Rare Books and Special Collections Division.
This illustration from William Still's The Underground Railroad shows a dignified Craft in respectable middle-class dress, contrasting with the appearance he needed to escape from slavery.

[6877] Anonymous, Ellen Craft (1879),
courtesy of the Library of Congress, Rare Books and Special Collections Division.
In this portrait published in William Still's The Underground Railroad, Craft is shown in conservative female dress and with her light skin.

[7846] William Craft, Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom (1860).
Excerpts from Craft's slave narrative.
William and Ellen Craft are remembered primarily for this gripping narrative of their extraordinary escape from slavery. Published in 1860 in England, Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom was an immediate bestseller, going through two editions in two years.

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