“MASTER SLAVE HUSBAND WIFE tells one of the most important stories of American Slavery and Freedom. With prose that is suspenseful, brilliantly detailed, historically precise, and simply gorgeous, Woo depicts the Crafts and their historic role in antebellum America stunningly. This is a story that will stay with you for a lifetime.”

—Imani Perry, author of South to America: A Journey Below the Mason-Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation, Hughes-Rogers Professor of African American Studies, Princeton University

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. 

“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, Driving While Black: African American Travel and the Road to Civil Rights