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William and Ellen Craft were married slaves. That is, until they decided to walk away from their plantation, board a train disguised as a white man and her servant, cross over thousands of miles and elude slave hunters. You'll be on the edge of your seats as you read this thrilling true-life story about the need to become free. 96 pages, hardcover.
What would it take for slaves to escape from slavery in the Deep South, 1,000 miles from freedom and then on to England during the period of the Fugitive Slave Act? For most slaves the thought of escape was unimaginable. But fear did not stop Ellen and William Craft from chasing freedom.
An inspiring and riveting story of two amazing people stopping at nothing to fight for freedom and racial equality, this thrilling true tale chronicles Ellen and William Craft's lives from their flight from slavery in Georgia to their rise to world-wide fame as heroes of the Abolitionist movement.
Illustrated with period artwork, newspaper clippings, and archival photographs, 5,000 Miles to Freedom captures the unforgiving realities of slave life, the political hatred between North and South, and, above all, the extraordinary achievements of this remarkable couple.
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Dennis Brindell Fradin and his wife Judith Bloom Fradin have collaborated on several award-winning books for young readers. The Fradins live in Evanston, IL.