Running a Thousand Miles to Freedom


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“Running a Thousand Miles to Freedom” (a very easy read of only 56 pages with access given to you) and write 4 pages reflection/opinion paper.

Directions are as follows:

Read the Craft book

Address the following questions in your paper (double spaced):

What kinds of boundaries, both literal and symbolic, do the Crafts cross in the course of their escape? Which boundaries do they seem to have the most difficulty crossing?

It has been argued that cross-dressing is frequently a sign of "category crisis" in a manuscript. That is, it points to the hypocrisy of other socially constructed categories such as race, class, or sexuality. What categories besides gender are "in crisis" in the Crafts' narrative? What kinds of challenges does her "masculine" role create for William as both her husband and the narrator of their story?

Cross-dressing was a popular design in early national literature; how do these acts of disguise take on different meanings over time? How do they challenge our assumptions about race and gender?

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School: New York University


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“Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom” is a documentary but concerns just an
insignificant part of two lives. William Craft is the narrator of the memoir, but its writing is
accredited to William and Ellen Craft, his spouse. The narrative details their life as slaves on a
plantation around Macon, Georgia, and the way they escaped to the North (Craft & Craft 1).
Charles Collins, the Crafts' lord, perceived the Crafts as canny and competent specialists.
William was an artisan, and Ellen worked as a maid. Their circumstance was not as desperate as
that of numerous African American slaves, yet they had officially encountered the separation of
slave families, including their own (Craft & Craft 1). As a couple wedded for a long time, they
were resolved to maintain a strategic distance from the partition and precisely arranged their
escape to opportunity (Craft & Craft 1). Ellen, who was light-skinned, would take on the
appearance of a male slave proprietor; William would be her slave. Ellen and William criticize
the racial and gender norms of the nineteenth-century by revealing that an individual can put on a
mask to appear good and act masculine and white, and therefore, gender and race are equivocal
frivolous descriptors of an individual. The objective of this paper is to offer a reflection of the
author about Running the Thousand Miles for Freedom.

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Reflection on Opinion about Running the Thousand Miles for Freedom
Crafts overcome intellectual, gender, and racial hurdles just to escape captivity in Macon
and just to experience autonomy in Boston. The physical appearance...

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