Autobiography

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

By William Wells Brown, Henry Box Brown, William Craft, Ellen Craft

Accumulated during this quantity are 4 released slave narratives of bold escapes to freedom.

William and Ellen Craft’s Running 1000 Miles to Freedom (1860), tells the tale of the couple attaining freedom in 1848 through vacationing brazenly through train—with Ellen Craft posing as a white male planter and William as her servant.

This is via types of Henry “Box” Brown’s break out via mailing himself to Philadelphia in 1849—Narrative of Henry “Box” Brown, released that very same yr in the USA and Narrative of the lifetime of Henry “Box” Brown, released in 1851 in Britain.

Finally, William Wells Brown’s Narrative of William Wells Brown (1847), tells of the younger man’s surreptitious go out from a steamboat docked in Ohio, a loose nation, in 1834.

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Not anything however the prospect of having fun with liberty may have prompted me to suffer such trials, for “Behind I left the whips and chains, earlier than me have been candy Freedom’s plains! ” This, and this by myself, cheered me onward. yet I ultimately resolved to hunt security from the inclemency of the elements, and consequently I secured myself in the back of a few logs and brush, meaning to wait there till a few one should still move by means of; for i presumed it possible that i would see a few coloured individual, or, if no longer, a few one that used to be now not a slaveholder; for I had an concept that I may still comprehend a slave-holder so far as i'll see him. the 1st person who handed was once a guy in a buggy-wagon. He appeared too genteel for me to hail him. Very quickly one other glided by on horseback. i tried to talk to him, yet worry made my voice fail me. As he handed, I left my hidingplace and was once forthcoming the line, whilst I saw an previous guy strolling in the direction of me, top a white horse. He had on a broad-brimmed hat and a truly lengthy coat, and was once obviously strolling for workout. once I observed him, and saw his costume, i presumed to myself, “You are the fellow that i've been searching for! ” Nor used to be I improper. He was once the very guy! On drawing close me, he requested me, “if i used to be no longer a slave. ” I checked out him it slow, after which requested him “if he knew of anybody who may support me, as i used to be ailing. ” He responded that he may; yet back requested, if i used to be no longer a slave. I advised him i used to be. He then stated that i used to be in a truly pro-slavery local, and if i might wait till he went domestic, he could get a lined wagon for me. I promised to stay. He fixed his horse, and used to be quickly out of sight. After he was once long gone, I reflected no matter if to attend or no longer; being worried that he had long past for a few one to arrest me. yet i eventually concluded to stay until eventually he should still go back; removal a few few rods to monitor his events. After a suspense of an hour and a part or extra, he back with a two-horse coated wagon, reminiscent of are typically visible below the shed of a Quaker5 meetinghouse on Sundays and Thursdays; for the outdated guy proved to be a Quaker of the George Fox stamp. He took me to his condo, however it was once your time sooner than i may be caused to go into it; now not till the previous girl got here out, did I enterprise into the home. i presumed I observed whatever within the outdated lady’s cap that instructed me i used to be not just secure, welcome, in her residence. i used to be no longer, even though, ready to obtain their hospitalities. the one fault i discovered with them was once their being too style. I had by no means had a white guy deal with me as an equivalent, and the assumption of a white woman ready on me on the desk was once nonetheless worse! notwithstanding the desk was once loaded with the great things of this existence, i couldn't consume. i assumed if i may merely be allowed the privilege of consuming within the kitchen I may be greater than chuffed! discovering that i couldn't consume, the previous woman, who was once a “Thompsonian,” made me a cup of “composition,” or “number six;” however it was once so powerful and sizzling, that I known as it “number seven! ” besides the fact that, I quickly came across myself at domestic during this relations.

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