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A Narrative of Events Since the First of August, 1834, by James Williams, an Apprenticed Laborer in Jamaica (Dover Thrift Editions)by James Williams
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A teenaged slave-turned-apprentice in nineteenth-century Jamaica recorded his experiences in the British apprenticeship system in this book, which constitutes one of the only autobiographical texts by a Caribbean slave. While working as a laborer at a pimento plantation in the St. Ann parish, James Williams suffered flogging, imprisonment, and other punishments. His narrative reveals the ugly truth behind the apprenticeship system that developed after the outlaw of the British slave trade, which he deems even crueler than the former system of slavery.
Written in 1837, James Williams' narrative was an effective tool for abolitionists who sought to end the apprenticeship system. This edition of his historic memoir also contains the entire testimony from the Commission of Inquiry, sponsored by the Colonial Office, which validated the truth of Williams' account.
Dover (2014) republication of the edition originally published by G. Wightman, London, 1838.
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This 1837 memoir proved an effective tool for abolitionists. One of the few autobiographies by a Caribbean slave, it recounts the horrors of the apprenticeship system that replaced the British slave trade.
In one of the few autobiographies by a Caribbean slave, a young man describes his oppression under the apprenticeship system that replaced the British slave trade. Written in 1837, the memoir proved an effective tool for abolitionists. This volume also contains the entire testimony from the Commission of Inquiry, which validated the narrative.
About the Author
Born in 1819, James Williams was a slave in St. Ann's Parish, Jamaica, under the British system of apprenticeship. His narrative reveals the extreme cruelty of the apprenticeship system, which was installed after the outlaw of the slave trade.
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