Hannah Crafts: The Bondswoman's Narrative

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  • R. J. Ellis (University of Birmingham)

Nothing is known for sure about Hannah Crafts' life. Her existence can be inferred from the title page of the manuscript of a novel, The Bondwoman's Narrative, which carries her name. The name is probably a pseudonym, alluding to the names of William and Ellen Craft, immortalised in their slave narrative, Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom, or, the Escape of William and Ellen Craft from Slavery, published in London in 1860. The Crafts' narrative became particularly famous because the young couple, also known as “the Georgia Fugitives”, were a handsome pair, both of them inter-racial. Ellen, in particular, was nearly white (the daughter of her first owner and one of his slaves, she was treated cruelly by his white …

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Citation:
Ellis, R. J.. "The Bondswoman's Narrative". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 26 November 2004
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