James Williams Narrative

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society.
Creator -
Whittier, John Greenleaf, 1807-1892
Creator -
Williams, James, b. 1805
James Williams narrative
circa 1838
0.1 Cubic feet , 1 folder

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing, Michigan".

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Historical Note

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.

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Scope and Contents note

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.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections January 2006

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University Property Rights: Michigan State University

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Michigan State University. Libraries. Special Collections Division.

Personal Name(s)

  • Williams, James, b. 1805


  • Fugitive slaves -- United States
  • Slavery -- Alabama
  • Slaves -- Biography

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Collection Inventory


Bound issue of the “Anti-Slavery Examiner”