The Long Walk to Freedom: Runaway Slave Narratives (Hardcover)
Donald Weise is an independent scholar in African American history and coeditor of The Huey Newton Reader (with David Hilliard). He lives in New York.
The Long Walk to Freedom presents excerpts from the narratives of well-known runaway slaves, like Frederick Douglass and Harriet Jacobs, as well as from the narratives of lesser-known and virtually unknown people. Several of these excerpts have not been published for more than a hundred years. But they all portray the courageous and sometimes shocking ways that these men and women sought their freedom and asserted power, often challenging many of the common assumptions about slaves lack of agency.
Among the remarkable and inspiring stories is the tense but triumphant tale of Henry Box Brown, who, with a white abolitionists help, shipped himself in a boxover a twenty-seven-hour train ride, part of which he spent standing on his headto freedom in Philadelphia. And theres the story of William and Ellen Craft, who fled across thousands of miles, with Ellen, who was light-skinned, disguised as a white male slave-owner so she and her husband could achieve their dream of raising their children as free people.
Gripping, inspiring, and captivating, The Long Walk to Freedom is a remarkable collection that celebrates those who risked their lives in pursuit of basic human rights.
|Genre||SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / African American Studies|
|Publisher Date||2012-08-21 00:00:00.0|
|Unit weight||1.2 lb|
|Subtitle||Runaway Slave Narratives|
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