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.
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.