Master Slave Husband Wife: An Epic Journey from Slavery to Freedom by Ilyon Woo has been named as one of 25 nominees for the 2023 Goodreads prize in history and biography. Prizes in all categories will be announced on December 7. Following is Goodreads.com’s synopsis of the book which became a New York Times best-seller.
The remarkable true story of t, who escaped slavery through daring, determinatEllen and William Crafion, and disguise, with Ellen passing as a wealthy, disabled White man and William posing as “his” slave.
In 1848, a year of international democratic revolt, a young, enslaved couple, Ellen and William Craft, achieved one of the boldest feats of self-emancipation in American history. Posing as master and slave, while sustained by their love as husband and wife, they made their escape together across more than 1,000 miles, riding out in the open on steamboats, carriages, and trains that took them from bondage in Georgia to the free states of the North.
Along the way, they dodged slave traders, military officers, and even friends of their enslavers, who might have revealed their true identities. The tale of their adventure soon made them celebrities, and generated headlines around the country. Americans could not get enough of this charismatic young couple, who traveled another 1,000 miles criss-crossing New England, drawing thunderous applause as they spoke alongside some of the greatest abolitionist luminaries of the day—among them Frederick Douglass and William Wells Brown.