Date of Award

Spring 5-5-2017

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Janet Neary

Second Advisor

Kelly M. Nims

Academic Program Adviser

Amy M. Robbins


Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom unapologetically challenges traditional nineteenth-century notions of race and gender by way of its treatment of spectacle, anecdotal use, and assertion of authorial choices that contradict the expectations of a white abolitionist audience. Its most challenging feature is what I will call Ellen’s “curated identity.”



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