Running a Thousand Miles to Freedom (a very easy read of
only 56 pages with access given to you) and write 4 pages reflection/opinion paper.
Directions are as follows:
Read the Craft book
Address the following questions in your paper (double
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?
The following link for the book: