Amazing slavery escape of Ellen and William Craft

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5 Responses to “Amazing slavery escape of Ellen and William Craft”

  1. robcat2075 says:

    I guess we would call this security exploit “social hacking” or  “social engineering” today?

  2. Alex Reid says:

    The Memory Palace with Nate DiMio has an episode about the Crafts - http://thememorypalace.us/2009/07/episode-14-the-messrs-craft-2/
    Quite enjoyable.

  3. Fnordius says:

    Ah, I remember some youth magazine when I was in school dramatising their story. Or was it a Scholastic novel? I can’t remember, as it was back in 1978, 1979 or thereabouts.

    Still an inspiring tale.

  4. chgoliz says:

    Traveling first class was an excellent component of the subterfuge.  I hope their descendants know this is who they come from.

  5. robcat2075 says:

    In the actual text of their book they spend quite a few pages explaining the wretched nature of slavery and also cite examples of white people kidnapped as children and held as slaves because they could not prove they were pure white. So even though enslavement of whites was illegal, the laws were crafted to advantage the rich when they wanted to do it.

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