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Two Tickets to Freedom: The True Story of Ellen and William Craft, Fugitive Slaves Paperback – September, 1989

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Peter Bedrick Books (September 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0872262219
  • ISBN-13: 978-0872262218
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,608,300 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Two Tickets to Freedom is the true story of a fugitive slave couple that travel the road to freedom in disguise -- Ellen (by all appearances white) dressed as a slave master and William posing as "his" slave. Their encounters both encourage them and cause them untold fear as they meet abolitionists and slave traders along the way. Faithful to the Lord, they trust solely in His deliverance along the way and on several occasions narrowly miss being caught and returned to slavery.
The book continues with the story of their life in the "free" states under the fugitive slave law, their contribution to the freedom movement, and their escape to England where they could be truly free. Finally, Two Tickets to Freedom tells of their return to The United States at the end of the Civil War and the reality of "freedom" in a now "free" land.
The book was a wonderful experience for me, having read The Underground Railroad by William Still. Two Tickets to Freedom tied together names, places, and events that I had previously read about in sketches. And these people were real people.
I was disappointed with the book in one way. The book promised initially to be written with careful descriptions and appropriate references, making it an easy read aloud for children with a wide range of cognitive abilities. As the book progressed, it became easier to read and flowed easily. Nearing the end, however, the words became more difficult, the concepts more difficult to understand, and the subject a bit harder to recognize. The topic of racial prejudice could have been approached more effectively had the book flowed a little more carefully at the end. And I would love to have had a bit more information about the life of Ellen and William Craft as they began again in Georgia.
Overall, I really liked the story and feel it is a valuable addition to a child's collection of books on American history.
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I loved the book, read it with interest since the open court excerpt takes out a lot of the story. However, it might not be for the children to read in fourth grade because of the issues with Ellen being the daughter of the master, and so on.... So, it depends on how much information you can give to your students. But it helped me complement the story with certain details that I was able to share with the children such as the escape, the struggle to not being caught, how Ellen had to interact with slave owners on the train, etc, etc.
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We visited the Freedom Center in Cincinnati and my daughter was fascinated to learn the story about Ellen Craft. I ordered this so she could learn more about her and she loved the book. She shared the book with her class and even dressed as Ellen for a school presentation and got her classmates interested in reading the story. Any book that can make history come alive for students like this did is a keeper.
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Joseph Bailey
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April22, 03
Florence B. Freedman's Two Tickets to Freedom book is magnificent! It was as if she was Ellen Craft being zapped into the book as she was writing it! Ellen and William had to be on their tiptoes in alert so they could escape their slavemaster. With Ellen posing to be a white man as her slave, they escape to Boston only to find they have to go to Canada! This true story is amazing because it takes you back to 1848 in Macon, Georgia. Many people help them but when law is passed that fines anyone that helps a slave for 1000 dollars, will they make it? "Tickets for myself and my slave." Ellen says on the trip. Some people get suspicious..........
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Though the copies I received came from multiple places, and considering that this book is out of print, they are in remarkably good condition. I am very grateful to have them, and my students are enjoying the story. Jane
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First of all, the book was in excellent condition, NEW! Great story, great book, great service. Thanks a bunch! Very pleased with everything.
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