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Primary Sources: United States & Canadian History
Primary sources for research on the history of the United States and Canada.
Contains cumulative historical statistics for the United States from 1789-2000. This resource is a compendium of statistics from over 1000 sources and includes over 37,000 data series. Chapter Bb deals specifically with slavery.
From 1936 to 1938, the Federal Writers' Project employed writers and journalists to interview ex-slaves in the United States. Nearly 4,000 interviews were ultimately collected and are presented in this database.
This collection details the extensive work of African Americans to abolish slavery in the United States prior to the Civil War. Covering the period 1830-1865, the collection presents the international impact of African American activism against slavery, in the writings of the activists themselves. The approximately 15,000 articles, documents, correspondence, proceedings, manuscripts, and literary works of almost 300 Black abolitionists show the full range of their activities in the United States, Canada, England, Scotland, Ireland, France and Germany.
This digitization project at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro provides online access to all known runaway slave advertisements (more than 2300 items) published in North Carolina newspapers from 1751 to 1840.
Coverage includes the African Coast, the Middle Passage, the varieties of slave experience, Spiritualism and Religion, Resistance and Revolts, Underground Railroad, the Abolition Movement, Legislation, Education, the Legacy of Slavery and Slavery Today.
Because the plantation was a commercial enterprise, record keeping was essential, and many documents have been preserved in archives. This online collection includes planters' journals, crop books, overseers' journals, and account books; family members' personal diaries and correspondences; and more.
Personal and family papers of free people of color and public records that relate to the group gathered together from several Louisiana archives, including Tulane's Louisiana Research Collection (LaRC).
Other contributors to this digital collection include LSU Libraries Special Collections, the Historical Center at the Louisiana State Museum in New Orleans, the Louisiana Division of the New Orleans Public Library, The Historic New Orleans Collection.
Biographies: The Atlantic Slave Data Network (ASDN) is a database of information on the identities of enslaved people in the Atlantic World. ASDN collates data on individual slaves meticulously collected by researchers over the past 20 years, including Gwendolyn Midlo Hall's Louisiana Slave Database 1719-1820.
Contains information about the migration histories of Africans forcibly carried on slave ships into the Atlantic. Using the personal details of 91,491 Africans liberated by International Courts of Mixed Commission and British Vice Admiralty Courts, this resource makes possible new geographic, ethnic, and linguistic data on peoples captured in Africa and pulled into the slave trade.
Includes slave sale deeds, passes, certificates of registry, manumission papers, wills and speeches. Also letters relating to the Amistad Mutiny and other slave cases which got in the courts. The abolition letters relate primarily to William Wilberforce, Thomas Clarkson, and William Lloyd Garrison.
Lascelles and Maxwell, and its subsequent incarnations, functioned as a London commission house, receiving and selling cargoes of sugar and other West India produce despatched to it from the Caribbean by the owners or managers of plantations.
Online guide available at www.microform.co.uk/guides/R97601.pdf.
Log and journal of the Bristol ship "Black Prince," which was engaged in slaving voyages. This manuscript covers her seventh and eighth voyages to the Gold Coast of Africa. The material is partly in tabular form, listing occurrences, transactions, courses, and positions.
Correspondence, minutes, and other papers of the British and Foreign Anti-slavery Society, the Anti-slavery Society, the Aborigines Protection Society, and other similar societies and committees.
This database contains the full text of major articles gleaned from over 2,500 issues of The New York Herald, The Charleston Mercury and the Richmond Enquirer, published between November 1, 1860 and April 15, 1865.
Includes photographs detailing social, military, and political perspectives. Also includes graphical content such as envelopes, song sheets, recruiting posters, imprints, and cartoons. Formerly known as American Civil War: Photographs, Posters, and Ephemera.