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The Resource Narrative of James Williams, an American slave, edited by Hank Trent

Narrative of James Williams, an American slave, edited by Hank Trent

Label
Narrative of James Williams, an American slave
Title
Narrative of James Williams, an American slave
Statement of responsibility
edited by Hank Trent
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"The American Anti-Slavery Society originally published Narrative of James Williams, an American Slave, in 1838 to much fanfare, describing it as a rare slave autobiography. Soon thereafter, however, southerners challenged the authenticity of the work and the society retracted it. Abolitionists at the time were unable to defend the book; and, until now, historians could not verify Williams's identity or find the Alabama slave owners he named in the book. As a result, most scholars characterized the author as a fraud, perhaps never even a slave, or at least not under the circumstances described in the book. In this annotated edition of Narrative of James Williams, an American Slave, Hank Trent provides newly discovered biographical information about the true author of the book--an African American man enslaved in Alabama and Virginia. Trent identifies Williams's owners in those states as well as in Maryland and Louisiana. He explains how Williams escaped from slavery and then altered his life story to throw investigators off his track. Through meticulous and extensive research, Trent also reveals unknown details of James Williams's real life, drawing upon runaway ads, court cases, census records, and estate inventories never before linked to him or to the narrative. In the end, Trent proves that the author of the book was truly an enslaved man, albeit one who wrote a romanticized, fictionalized story based on his real life, which proved even more complex and remarkable than the story he told."--Publisher's Web site
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1805-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Williams, James
Index
index present
LC call number
E444
LC item number
.W74 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1959-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Trent, Hank
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Williams, James
  • Williams, James
  • Slaves
  • Slavery
  • Slaves
  • Fugitive slaves
  • Underground Railroad
  • Fugitive slaves
  • Slavery
  • Slaves
  • Underground Railroad
  • Alabama
  • Pennsylvania
  • United States
  • Virginia
Label
Narrative of James Williams, an American slave, edited by Hank Trent
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Narrative -- Note by the Editor -- Appendix A: George Larimer's Letter -- Appendix B: Poisoning Trial Transcript -- Appendix C: Runaway Ads -- Appendix D: Recapture in Baltimore -- Appendix E: Slatter v. Holton
Control code
823860694
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
Annotated edition
Extent
xlviii, 190 pages
Isbn
9780807151020
Lccn
2012048441
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other control number
40022949467
System control number
(OCoLC)823860694
Label
Narrative of James Williams, an American slave, edited by Hank Trent
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Narrative -- Note by the Editor -- Appendix A: George Larimer's Letter -- Appendix B: Poisoning Trial Transcript -- Appendix C: Runaway Ads -- Appendix D: Recapture in Baltimore -- Appendix E: Slatter v. Holton
Control code
823860694
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
Annotated edition
Extent
xlviii, 190 pages
Isbn
9780807151020
Lccn
2012048441
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other control number
40022949467
System control number
(OCoLC)823860694

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