Fugitive Slaves in Britain: The Odyssey of William and Ellen Craft

  title={Fugitive Slaves in Britain: The Odyssey of William and Ellen Craft},
  author={Richard J. M. Blackett},
  journal={Journal of American Studies},
  • R. Blackett
  • Published 1 April 1978
  • History
  • Journal of American Studies
Early on a December morning in 1848, long before anyone else stirred, two slaves, a man and woman, made their bid for freedom from a plantation, just outside Macon, Georgia. She, almost white, was dressed as a slave master, he as her valet. In four days they were in Philadelphia; three weeks later they moved to the safer city of Boston where they remained until the passing of the infamous Fugitive Slave Bill in September 1850 forced them to flee to England. Nineteen years were spent under the… 
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