MASTER SLAVE HUSBAND WIFE

“Ilyon Woo’s skillfully crafted storytelling brings new insights to what it means to steal oneself from slavery.  Her harrowing tale of Ellen and William Crafts’ flight to freedom is a page turner that immerses the reader in the couple’s thoughtfully planned world of secrets, disguises, and misdirection and the culture of 19th century slave owners, their human property and the abolition movement. It is a beautifully written, thoroughly researched, and compelling story of courage, love, and yearning to be free.”

—Gretchen Sullivan Sorin

AUTHOR OF DRIVING WHILE BLACK: AFRICAN AMERICAN TRAVEL AND THE ROAD TO CIVIL RIGHTS

“In this impressively researched and vividly written rendering of one of the most thrilling true stories of enslaved Americans overcoming daunting odds in their bid for freedom, Ms. Woo takes us on a physical and moral journey through an antebellum America that fostered slavery and put freedom-seekers at mortal risk. She has given us a propulsively fascinating read that is also an essential addition to the literature of antislavery history.”

—Fergus M. Bordewich

AUTHOR OF CONGRESS AT WAR

Welcome to the world of MASTER SLAVE HUSBAND WIFE: The true story of William and Ellen Craft, a couple who escaped slavery through daring, determination and disguise, with Ellen passing as a wealthy, disabled White man and William posing as his slave. 

Soon to come: stories about each of the revolutionaries featured in the collage above; special sections for librarians, book groups, and students; links to media resources, such as films about the Crafts and their world; valuable research sources and tips; an itinerary for mapping and retracing the Crafts’ worldwide journey, and more.