Cambridge University Press

9781108493031

STARRED REVIEW

Williams’ Gang

In his meticulously researched and superbly crafted book, Jeff Forret chronicles the convoluted misadventures of infamous slave trader William H. Williams.

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Review of ‘Williams’ Gang’

The United States ended its participation in the transatlantic slave trade on January 1, 1808, but Congress still allowed the domestic buying and selling of slaves. In 1835, one congressman declared the District of Columbia “the principal mart of the slave trade of the Union.” Slaves were involved in the construction of the U.S. Capitol…

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