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The Brave Escape of Ellen and William Craft (Graphic History) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-08-29 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:073686203X
LANGUAGE:English

" I really love their story and the way they escape, can someone tell me where can I get William's book? " said.

"I initially picked this up after recognizing the disguise depicted on the front cover. I just recently listened to the "Stuff You Missed in History Class" podcast on the Craft's escape and was eager to read a graphic novel version of their amazing story.

While definitely done in an appealing style, this was definitely a little short for me. Granted I'm not in the target audience, for whom I do think it would be a perfect encapsulation, but the book did seem a little light on facts. I do think I will pick up the Craft's autobiography, Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom: Or: The escape of William and Ellen Craft from slavery.
" said.

"Ellen and William Craft escaped slavery in Georgia during the Christmas holiday of 1848. Their primary motive was their desire for a large family and their refusal to raise children in slavery. Not only would the children be slaves, but as the legal property of the slave owner, they could be taken from their parents at any time. The young couple disguised Ellen, a light-skinned, half-white woman, as a white, male slave owner travelling with his slave. Because she couldn’t read or write, Ellen wrapped her right hand to pass it off as injured, allowing her to ask others to write her name when required. They had to travel over 1,000 miles to reach the Pennsylvania border to freedom. Thus, they chose to escape near Christmas, when their master thought they were visiting friends and family with permission. During their 4-day escape, the couple had to keep up the façade of slave owner and slave, creating awkward moments between them. Ellen was put under the most pressure, dodging people who might know her and having to wriggle out of sticky situations.


This book has most value as a teaching tool. The story is told simply with full-color illustrations. It ends with the Crafts’ arrival in Pennsylvania, but a “More About” section details some highlights of what came next for them. It’s a great book for older struggling readers or young readers who are learning about slavery. Because slavery is such a harsh piece of history, I wouldn’t put this in the hands of a child who doesn’t have some slavery history already in his/her background knowledge.

This short book also includes a table of contents, glossary, bibliography, and index, all of which are great opportunities for explicit teaching about the layout of a book. A FactHound code found in the back directs younger readers to age-appropriate, safe websites to find information to further learning about slavery and connected issues.

• No sex, violence, or language
• Appropriate for any age group, provided they are ready to learn about slavery
" said.

"Woah. Did not know this story and am fascinated by the ingenuity and love that the Craft's had for one another to attempt what could have been the end of their life escape from slavery. She used her light skin to pass for white, but she couldn't be a white woman with a black male slave accompanying her so she cut her hair, sewed and purchased men's clothing and passed herself off as an injured white man traveling with her black male slave taking several train rides and more to get to freedom where they were able to legally wed and ended up having children who did not end up as slaves as they were.

Ellen Craft was able to pass for white in part because she was the product of her mother's white slave owner and her mother who was his slave.

It was a rather "happy ending" for such a dismal affair in general but also showcased that they were in danger again when a new Fugitive Slave Act was passed making their capture even though they'd been free imminent. So they traveled and lived in Europe and were abolitionists before safely moving back to the United States to live out their life.

It's an astounding journey and harrowing graphic novel tale from history. Well done with it's narrative and dialogue and illustrative style a la Graphic History series.
" said.

" I really love their story and the way they escape, can someone tell me where can I get William's book? " said.

"I initially picked this up after recognizing the disguise depicted on the front cover. I just recently listened to the "Stuff You Missed in History Class" podcast on the Craft's escape and was eager to read a graphic novel version of their amazing story.

While definitely done in an appealing style, this was definitely a little short for me. Granted I'm not in the target audience, for whom I do think it would be a perfect encapsulation, but the book did seem a little light on facts. I do think I will pick up the Craft's autobiography, Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom: Or: The escape of William and Ellen Craft from slavery.
" said.

"Ellen and William Craft escaped slavery in Georgia during the Christmas holiday of 1848. Their primary motive was their desire for a large family and their refusal to raise children in slavery. Not only would the children be slaves, but as the legal property of the slave owner, they could be taken from their parents at any time. The young couple disguised Ellen, a light-skinned, half-white woman, as a white, male slave owner travelling with his slave. Because she couldn’t read or write, Ellen wrapped her right hand to pass it off as injured, allowing her to ask others to write her name when required. They had to travel over 1,000 miles to reach the Pennsylvania border to freedom. Thus, they chose to escape near Christmas, when their master thought they were visiting friends and family with permission. During their 4-day escape, the couple had to keep up the façade of slave owner and slave, creating awkward moments between them. Ellen was put under the most pressure, dodging people who might know her and having to wriggle out of sticky situations.


This book has most value as a teaching tool. The story is told simply with full-color illustrations. It ends with the Crafts’ arrival in Pennsylvania, but a “More About” section details some highlights of what came next for them. It’s a great book for older struggling readers or young readers who are learning about slavery. Because slavery is such a harsh piece of history, I wouldn’t put this in the hands of a child who doesn’t have some slavery history already in his/her background knowledge.

This short book also includes a table of contents, glossary, bibliography, and index, all of which are great opportunities for explicit teaching about the layout of a book. A FactHound code found in the back directs younger readers to age-appropriate, safe websites to find information to further learning about slavery and connected issues.

• No sex, violence, or language
• Appropriate for any age group, provided they are ready to learn about slavery
" said.

"Woah. Did not know this story and am fascinated by the ingenuity and love that the Craft's had for one another to attempt what could have been the end of their life escape from slavery. She used her light skin to pass for white, but she couldn't be a white woman with a black male slave accompanying her so she cut her hair, sewed and purchased men's clothing and passed herself off as an injured white man traveling with her black male slave taking several train rides and more to get to freedom where they were able to legally wed and ended up having children who did not end up as slaves as they were.

Ellen Craft was able to pass for white in part because she was the product of her mother's white slave owner and her mother who was his slave.

It was a rather "happy ending" for such a dismal affair in general but also showcased that they were in danger again when a new Fugitive Slave Act was passed making their capture even though they'd been free imminent. So they traveled and lived in Europe and were abolitionists before safely moving back to the United States to live out their life.

It's an astounding journey and harrowing graphic novel tale from history. Well done with it's narrative and dialogue and illustrative style a la Graphic History series.
" said.

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