Read the book – “Running a Thousand Miles to Freedom; or the escape of William and Ellen Craft from slavery” by Ellen Craft; William Craft (a very easy read of only 56 pages with access given to you; that means you do not have to buy or rent it) and write a 3-5 page double spaced – New Times Roman reflection/opinion paper in a WORD doc. 100 pts.
Directions are as follows:
Read the Craft book
Address the following questions in your paper
What kinds of boundaries, both literal and symbolic, do the Crafts cross in the course of their escape? Which boundaries do they seem to have the most difficulty crossing?
It has been argued that cross-dressing is frequently a sign of “category crisis” in a manuscript. That is, it points to the hypocrisy of other socially constructed categories such as race, class, or sexuality. What categories besides gender are “in crisis” in the Crafts’ narrative? What kinds of challenges does her “masculine” role create for William as both her husband and the narrator of their story?
Cross-dressing was a popular design in early national literature; how do these acts of disguise take on different meanings over time? How do they challenge our assumptions about race and gender?
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