Whittier, John Greenleaf, 1807-1892
- Existence: 18071217 - 18920907
Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:
Scope and Contents The collection contains a partial issue of the Anti-Slavery Examiner featuring the narrative of an escaped slave, James Williams (b. 1805). In his narrative, Williams details the daily life of slaves in Virginia and Alabama in the first half of the nineteenth century. He extensively discusses methods of torture used to punish slaves and recounts his experiences as a field driver on an Alabaman cotton plantation. Williams eventually successfully ran away to the North, but...
Dates: circa 1838
Scope and Contents The first seventeen folders of this collection contain letters of correspondence with Joseph R. Williams prior to his acceptance of the presidency of the Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State University). Many of these letters are from his father and other family members. Additionally, there are letters to Williams, operating as a land speculator in Ohio and Michigan, from friends and business associates in Massachusetts and New York. The letters reflect a precarious economic...
Dates: 1827 - 1867