James Littlefield Portrays Slave Catcher Coswell Tims From His Novel, The Slave Catcher’s Woman

06/13/2014 - 7:00 pm
Community Room of the Canterbury, CT Town Hall
1 Municipal Drive - Canterbury, CT 06331

There will be a brief business session at 7:00 pm, followed by program & refreshments.

Please join us for this thought provoking exploration by James Littlefield, author of the novel The Slave Catcher’s Woman, a remarkable account of slavery in the antebellum south from the unlikely viewpoint of a slave catcher who tracks down runaway slaves using his trusted and beloved bloodhounds. Coswell Elias Tims of Milledgeville, Georgia, was deeply enmeshed in the “peculiar institution,” yet manages to be an acute observer with a penchant for objective reporting of the world he sees around him. And woven through it all looms the powerful presence of Cynthia, the slave catcher’s woman.

For our program, Jim Littlefield will be in character as the slave catcher for about twenty minutes, followed by a discussion of his research in writing the book, and then a book signing.

Jim Littlefield is known for his regular newspaper columns on history, which often feature archaeological investigations conducted while teaching anthropology over the course of many years at a Connecticut high school. He is a registered speaker for the State of Connecticut Civil War Speaker’s Bureau on the issue of slavery, and is known for artfully portraying a variety of historical characters from that period. He is well suited to the task of bringing history to life with his first novel, The Slave Catcher’s Woman. See his website at http://www.jimlittlefield.com/index.html.

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