James Williams narrative
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 his wife and children were left in Virginia. The narrative was written by J. G. Whittier from the verbal narrative of Williams. This issue was bound sometime after publication and is in poor condition; half of several pages are missing.
- circa 1838
- Whittier, John Greenleaf, 1807-1892 (Person)
- Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society (Organization)
- Williams, James, 1805- (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.
The Anti-Slavery Examiner was a newsletter distributed by the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society. The society was founded in 1833 by William Lloyd Garrison and Arthur Tappan.
0.1 Cubic Feet (, 1 folder)
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Copyright: Donor(s) have transferred any applicable copyright to Michigan State University but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred. Copyright restrictions may apply.
Property Rights: Michigan State University
- Michigan State University. Libraries. Special Collections Division (Donor, Organization)
- James Williams Narrative
- 4 Published And Cataloged
- D. Palazzola
- January 2006
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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