Ellen and William Craft: Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom

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Y WIFE and my­self were born in dif­fer­ent towns in the State of Geor­gia, which is one of the prin­ci­pal slave States. It is true, our con­di­tion as slaves was not by any means the worst; but the mere idea that we were held as chat­tels, and de­prived of all legal rights—the thought that we had to give up our hard earn­ings to a tyrant, to en­able him to live in idle­ness and lux­u­ry—the thought that we could not call the bones and sinews that God gave us our own: but above all, the fact that an­oth­er man had the power to tear from our cra­dle the new-born babe and sell it in the sham­bles like a brute, and then scourge us if we dared to lift a fin­ger to save it from such a fate, haunt­ed us for years.

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