This article tells the true history of a married slave couple's thousand-mile flight from slavery, with a ton of details matching George and Eliza's story. This text could be useful as an example of how Harriet Beecher Stowe used real life stories to craft her novel. An interesting question for students: Which details does Stowe change? What do you think she changed certain details?
"Ellen, a quadroon with very fair skin, disguised herself as a young white cotton planter traveling with his slave (William). It was William who came up with the scheme to hide in plain sight, but ultimately it was Ellen who convincingly masked her race, her gender and her social status during their four-day trip. Despite the luxury accommodations, the journey was fraught with narrow escapes and heart-in-the-mouth moments that could have led to their discovery and capture."