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African-American Studies: Enslavement


"We may as well die in trying to be free as be killed and eaten." - Joseph Cinque, 1817?-?, Amistad Revolt leader

from Newman, African American Quotations, 1998

Abolition Movement

The Abolition of the Slave Trade  Timelines, texts, images, essays, maps from the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at the New York Public Library.

The Collected Correspondence of Lydia Maria Child, 1817-1880


Anti-Slavery Newspapers

The Liberator

The Liberator was a weekly newspaper published by William Lloyd Garrison in Boston, Massachusetts.  On January 1, 1831 the first issue of The Liberator appeared with the motto: “Our country is the world—our countrymen are mankind.”


National Anti-Slavery Standard

National Anti-Slavery Standard was the official weekly newspaper of the American Anti-Slavery Society, an abolitionist society founded in 1833 by William Lloyd Garrison and Arthur Tappan to spread their movement across the nation with printed materials. Frederick Douglass was a key leader of this society and often addressed meetings at its New York City headquarters.


Slave Narratives

Additional Collections

Slaves and the Courts A collection from the American Memory Project, Slaves and the Courts, 1740-1860 contains just over a hundred pamphlets and books (published between 1772 and 1889) concerning the difficult and troubling experiences of African and African-American slaves in the American colonies and the United States.

From Slavery to Freedom: The African-American Pamphlet Collection, 1822-1909 presents 396 pamphlets from the Rare Book and Special Collections Division, published from 1822 through 1909, by African-American authors and others who wrote about slavery, African colonization, Emancipation, Reconstruction, and related topics. The materials range from personal accounts and public orations to organizational reports and legislative speeches.

Documenting the American South Subject search by "slavery" and similar topics provides numerous texts.

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Archive of Americana

Search for material on slavery in Early American Newspapers, Sermons and other early documents 1639-1819, Broadsides and Ephemera here.

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