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This book brings back into print, for the first time since the 1830s, a text that was central to the transatlantic campaign to fully abolish slavery in Britain’s colonies. James Williams, an eighteen-year-old Jamaican “apprentice” (former slave), came to Britain in 1837 at the instigation of the abolitionist Joseph Sturge. The Narrative he produced there, one of very few autobiographical texts by Caribbean slaves or former slaves, became one of the most powerful abolitionist tools for effecting the immediate end to the system of apprenticeship that had replaced slavery.

Describing the hard working conditions on plantations and the harsh treatment of apprentices unjustly incarcerated, Williams argues that apprenticeship actually worsened the conditions of Jamaican ex-slaves: former owners, no longer legally permitted to directly punish their workers, used the Jamaican legal system as a punitive lever against them. Williams’s story documents the collaboration of local magistrates in this practice, wherein apprentices were routinely jailed and beaten for both real and imaginary infractions of the apprenticeship regulations.

In addition to the complete text of Williams’s original Narrative, this fully annotated edition includes nineteenth-century responses to the controversy from the British and Jamaican press, as well as extensive testimony from the Commission of Enquiry that heard evidence regarding the Narrative’s claims. These fascinating and revealing documents constitute the largest extant body of direct testimony by Caribbean slaves or apprentices.

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Scholarly edition of a slave narrative that tells of life as an "apprentice" under the British gradual emancipation plan.

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Diana Paton is a Lecturer in the Department of History at the University of

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Diana Paton is Lecturer in History at the University of Newcastle, England.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780822326588
Other:
Williams, James
Publisher:
Duke University Press
Editor:
Diana Paton
Author:
var-Hull, Sonia
Author:
Williams, James
Author:
Diana Pa
Author:
var-Hull
Author:
Mignolo, Walter D.
Author:
Silverblatt, Irene
Author:
Sald&iacute
Author:
Williams
Author:
Paton, Diana
Author:
ton
Author:
Sonia Sald&iacute
Subject:
History
Subject:
Caribbean & West Indies
Subject:
Race relations
Subject:
Caribbean & West Indies - General
Subject:
Jamaica History 19th century.
Subject:
Jamaica Race relations.
Subject:
World History-Caribbean
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Latin America Otherwise
Publication Date:
20010731
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
5 b&w photos, 2 maps, 7 figures
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
9.60x6.01x.85 in. 1.00 lbs.

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