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Jeff Forret, "William’s Gang: A Notorious Slave Trader and his Cargo of Black Convicts" (Cambridge UP, 2020): Forret explores the career of prominent slave trader William H. Williams, whose operation was based in Washington DC...

Jeff Forret, "William’s Gang: A Notorious Slave Trader and his Cargo of Black Convicts" (Cambridge UP, 2020): Forret explores the career of prominent slave trader William H. Williams, whose operation was based in Washington DC...

FromNew Books in History


Jeff Forret, "William’s Gang: A Notorious Slave Trader and his Cargo of Black Convicts" (Cambridge UP, 2020): Forret explores the career of prominent slave trader William H. Williams, whose operation was based in Washington DC...

FromNew Books in History

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Length:
50 minutes
Released:
Apr 2, 2020
Format:
Podcast Episode

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Jeff Forret is the author of William’s Gang: A Notorious Slave Trader and his Cargo of Black Convicts, published by Cambridge University Press in 2020. William’s Gang explores the career of prominent slave trader William H. Williams, whose operation was based in Washington D.C. His infamous Yellow House slave pin was a major stop in the domestic slave trade. Forret examines Williams’s life as a slave trader, and particularly the legal troubles he found himself in when he was accused of trying to sell twenty-seven enslaved convicts, from Virginia, in Louisiana. The myriad of courtroom battles Williams went through are placed alongside the larger history of slavery and the slave trade in the Antebellum Period, as Forret explores issues of slave criminality, southern law, and the U.S. economy.
Dr. Forret is a Professor of History at Lamar University.
Derek Litvak is a Ph.D. student in the department of history at the University of Maryland.
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Released:
Apr 2, 2020
Format:
Podcast Episode