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Williams, James 1805-

Overview
Works: 7 works in 57 publications in 1 language and 2,411 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Portraits  Sources 
Roles: Author
Classifications: E444, B
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Most widely held works by James Williams
Narrative of James Williams, an American slave, who was for several years a driver on a cotton plantation in Alabama by James Williams( Book )

11 editions published between 1838 and 1977 in English and held by 135 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book contains the memoir of James Williams, an American slave who was for several years a driver on a cotton plantation in Alabama
Narrative of James Williams, an American slave by James Williams( Book )

11 editions published between 1838 and 1970 in English and held by 56 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"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
Narrative of james williams, an american slave, who was for several years a driver on a cotton plantation in Alabama 1838 by James Williams( Book )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Narrative of the cruel treatment of James Williams, a negro apprentice in Jamaica by James Williams( Book )

3 editions published in 1837 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Narrative of James Williams : [a review] by James Williams( Book )

1 edition published in 1838 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Narrative of james williams, an american slave, who was for several years a driver on a cotton plantation in Alabama 1838
Alternative Names
Thornton, Jim 1805-

Wilkins, Shadrach 1805-

Williams, James b. 1805

Languages
English (57)

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