The Long Walk to Freedom: Runaway Slave Narratives

The Long Walk to Freedom: Runaway Slave Narratives

Devon W. Carbado


during this groundbreaking compilation of first-person bills of the runaway slave phenomenon, editors Devon W. Carbado and Donald Weise have recovered twelve narratives spanning 8 decades—more than half that have been lengthy out of print. informed within the voices of the runaway slaves themselves, those narratives demonstrate the intense and sometimes leading edge ways in which those women and men sought freedom and demanded citizenship. additionally incorporated is an essay by means of UCLA background professor Brenda Stevenson that contextualizes those narratives, delivering a short but entire historical past of slavery, in addition to a glance into the everyday life of a slave. Divided into 4 categories—running away for kin, working encouraged by way of faith, working whatsoever worthwhile, and operating to be free—these tales are a testomony to the indelible spirit of those amazing survivors.
 
The lengthy stroll to Freedom provides excerpts from the narratives of recognized runaway slaves, like Frederick Douglass and Harriet Jacobs, in addition to from the narratives of lesser-known and nearly unknown humans. a number of of those excerpts haven't been released for greater than 100 years. yet all of them painting the brave and infrequently stunning ways in which those women and men sought their freedom and asserted strength, usually hard the various universal assumptions approximately slaves’ loss of enterprise.
 
one of the outstanding and encouraging tales is the annoying yet victorious story of Henry field Brown, who, with a white abolitionist’s support, shipped himself in a box—over a twenty-seven-hour educate experience, a part of which he spent status on his head—to freedom in Philadelphia. And there’s the tale of William and Ellen Craft, who fled throughout millions of miles, with Ellen, who was once light-skinned, disguised as a white male slave-owner so she and her husband may well in attaining their dream of elevating their little ones as unfastened humans.
 
Gripping, inspiring, and captivating, The lengthy stroll to Freedom is a impressive assortment that celebrates those that risked their lives in pursuit of simple human rights.

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