COVER

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pp. 1-7

CONTENTS

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pp. vii-vii

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INTRODUCTION

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pp. ix-xlviii

The fugitive who arrived at Emmor Kimber’s home on Christmas Day 1837 seemed different from the numerous enslaved people the wealthy old Quaker had helped along the Underground Railroad over the years. Like many, James Williams arrived alone, tired, poorly clothed, and afraid of capture. But as he rested and talked about his years in slavery, he impressed Kimber not only ...

NARRATIVE OF JAMES WILLIAMS

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pp. 1-1

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Preface

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pp. 3-27

“American slavery,” said the celebrated John Wesley, “is the vilest beneath the sun!”2 Of the truth of this emphatic remark no other proof is required than an examination of the statute books of the American slave states. Tested by its own laws, in all that facilitates and protects the hateful process of converting a man into a “chattel personal”;3 in all that stamps the law-maker and ...

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Narrative

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pp. 29-130

I was born in Powhatan County, Virginia,1 on the plantation of George Larrimore, sen.,2 at a place called Mount Pleasant,3 on the 16th of May, 1805.4 My father was the slave of an orphan family whose name I have forgotten, and was under the care of a Mr. Brooks, guardian of the family.5 He was a native of Africa, and was brought over when a mere child, with his mother. My mother ...

Note by the Editor

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pp. 131-135

Appendix

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pp. 137-144

APPENDIXES TO THE ANNOTATED EDITION

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pp. 145-145

A. George Larimer’s Letter

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pp. 147-150

B. Poisoning Trial Transcript

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pp. 151-155

C. Runaway Ads

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pp. 156-157

D. Recapture in Baltimore

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pp. 158-160

E. Slatter v. Holton

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pp. 161-177

INDEX

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pp. 179-190