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On 29th March 1849, Henry Brown got into a box that was 3 feet long by 2 feet 8 inches deep by 2 feet wide and was posted to Philadelphia. After 27 hours he emerged, not as a slave, but as a free man. Narrative of the Life of Henry Box Brown is one of the most remarkable escapes from slavery ever recorded. Brown recounts, with detail, his life as a slave and the tragic circumstances which led him to make his daring escape. His short but powerful narrative provides brilliant insight into the life of an African American slave in the South in the 1850s. Brown also explains his own view of how the…mehr

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On 29th March 1849, Henry Brown got into a box that was 3 feet long by 2 feet 8 inches deep by 2 feet wide and was posted to Philadelphia. After 27 hours he emerged, not as a slave, but as a free man. Narrative of the Life of Henry Box Brown is one of the most remarkable escapes from slavery ever recorded. Brown recounts, with detail, his life as a slave and the tragic circumstances which led him to make his daring escape. His short but powerful narrative provides brilliant insight into the life of an African American slave in the South in the 1850s. Brown also explains his own view of how the evils of slavery could be stopped without recourse to conflict and bloodshed.