Introduction: “I Will Run Away" Part One: Running to Be Free
One: From A Narrative of the Adventures and Escape of Moses Roper, from American Slavery. With an Appendix, Containing a List of Places Visited by the Author in Great Britain and Ireland and the British Isles; and Other Matter.
Two: From Narrative of James Curry, A Fugitive Slave. Three: From Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave. Written by Himself. Part Two: Running Because of Family
Four: From Slavery Days in Old Kentucky. A True Story of a Father Who Sold His Wife and Four Children. By One of the Children.
Five: From The Narrative of Bethany Veney: A Slave Woman
Six: From Life and Adventures of Robert, the Hermit of Massachusetts, Who has lived 14 Years in a Cave, secluded from human society. Comprising, An account of his Birth, Parentage, Sufferings, and providential escape from unjust and cruel Bondage in early life—and his reasons for becoming a Recluse. Part Three: Running Inspired by Religion
Seven: From A Narrative of Some Remarkable Incidents in the Life of Solomon Bayley, Formerly a Slave in the State of Delaware, North America; Written by Himself, and Published for His Benefit; to Which Are Prefixed, a Few Remarks by Robert Hurnard.
Eight: From The Confessions of Nat Turner, the Leader of the Late Insurrection in Southampton, Va.
Nine: From Sunshine and Shadow of Slave Life. Reminiscences as told by Isaac D. Williams to “Tege” Part Four: Running by Any Means Necessary
Ten: From Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. Written by Herself.
Eleven: From Narrative of the Life of Henry Box Brown, Written by Himself.
Twelve: From Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom; or, the Escape of William and Ellen Craft from Slavery.
Historical Afterword: Contextualizing the Runaway Experience: A Brief History of Slavery in America, by Brenda E. Stevenson