The Princeton Fugitive Slave

The Trials of James Collins Johnson


  • Lucy E. Bailey Oklahoma State University


university life, slavery, history, methodology


This book review provides an overview of a compelling new book, titled The Princeton Fugitive Slave: The Trials of James Collins Johnson, written by Lolita Buckner Inniss (Fordham Press, 2019). Using interdisciplinary resources and an innovative methodological approach, Inniss traces Johnson's life as a man who escaped from slavery in Maryland to New Jersey and lived in the Princeton University community for 60 years. The author foregrounds Johnson's efforts to carve a life for himself within the oppressive context of slavery and the important trajectory of scholarship on intersections between universities and slavery. 


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Author Biography

Lucy E. Bailey, Oklahoma State University

LUCY E. BAILEY, PhD, is faculty in Social Foundations and Qualitative Inquiry and the Director of Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies at Oklahoma State University, USA. Her major research interests lie in qualitative methodologies and diversity issues in both contemporary and historical perspective. She serves as editor of Vitae Scholasticae: The Journal of Educational Biography and the Co-Editor (with KaaVonia Hinton) of the Book Series, Research in Life Writing and Education (IAP). E-mail:

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Bailey, L. E. (2021). The Princeton Fugitive Slave: The Trials of James Collins Johnson. Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Education, 10(2), 113–116. Retrieved from