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Slaves and the Courts, 1740-1860

This online collection, containing approximately 105 documents, raises a miniature magnifying glass into a corridor of Americas past and discloses the experiences of African and African American slaves in America, with a few cases involving Great Britain. The documents, which were taken primarily from the Law Library and the Rare Book and Special Collections Division of the Library of Congress,...

https://www.loc.gov/collections/slaves-and-the-courts-from-1...
From Slavery to Freedom: The African-American Pamphlet Collection, 1824-1909

This collection of pamphlets written by African-American authors in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries boasts "complete page images of 397 titles . . . as well as searchable electronic texts and bibliographic records." Part of the Library of Congress's American Memory project, the pamphlets constitute a wonderful collection of online primary resources in African-American history. Users...

https://www.loc.gov/collections/african-american-perspective...
Black History at Harpweek

Harpweek is a privately funded project begun in 1992 to digitize the entire contents of the nineteenth-century, illustrated periodical Harper's Weekly. The full database is only available by subscription, but Black History at Harpweek is one of a series of free resources that explore various themes using text and illustrations from Harper's. Black History features a timeline that lists the major...

https://blackhistory.harpweek.com/
Beyond Face Value: Depictions of Slavery in Confederate Currency

Hosted by the United States Civil War Center at Louisiana State University, this new exhibit explores "the relationship between art and politics in the Civil War era" with over 100 digital images of Confederate notes. The images, browseable by state or activity (field scenes, individuals with cotton, sugar plantations, etc.), are accompanied by an overview of the Civil War and brief essays on the...

http://exhibitions.blogs.lib.lsu.edu/?p=566
Slave Movement During the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries

This site from the Data and Program Library Service (DPLS) at the University of Wisconsin provides access to the raw data and documentation which contains information on a variety of slave trade topics from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, including records of slave ship movement between Africa and the Americas, slave ships of eighteenth-century France, slave trade to Rio de Janeiro,...

https://teachinghistory.org/history-content/website-reviews/...
The Roanoke Island Freedmen's Colony

During the Civil War, Roanoke Island, located between the coast of North Carolina and the Outer Banks, became a refuge for escaped slaves, called contrabands or freedmen. This site, created by University of Virginia professor Patricia C. Click presents an account of the history and selected documents and maps of the Roanoke Island Freedmens Colony, as the community was known. Documents include...

https://www.roanokefreedmenscolony.com/
The Frederick Douglass Papers

Yesterday, the Library of Congress' American Memory collection announced the first online release of the Frederick Douglass Papers. This release contains over 2,000 items including a partial handwritten draft of his third autobiography, The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass, and a biography of his wife, Anna Murray Douglass, written by their daughter, Rosetta Douglass Sprague. In addition to...

https://www.loc.gov/collections/frederick-douglass-papers/ab...
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

Before 1863, the Underground Railroad was a system of cooperation among Black slaves, abolitionists, sympathetic Whites, and Native Americans to help slaves escape the bondage of American slavery. The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center wants to educate the public about the legacy of the Underground Railroad and its historic struggle to abolish human enslavement. The Freedom Center is...

https://www.freedomcenter.org/
Slavery Era Insurance Registry

Provided by the California Department of Insurance, the Slavery Era Insurance Registry identifies over a half dozen insurance companies who issued and benefited from slavery era policies. The recently released report contains over 60 pages of charts listing the names of over 600 slaves and more than 400 slave owners. Although the registry offers clues into the lives of many slaves and their...

http://www.insurance.ca.gov/01-consumers/150-other-prog/10-s...
New York Public Library Picture Collection Online

Part of NYPL's evolving Digital Library, the Picture Collection Online is a collection of 30,000 public domain digital images from books and periodicals, original photographs, prints, and postcards. Primarily dated pre-1923, the Picture Collections includes some of the most popular images in the NYPL collection. The physical collection is housed in folders by broad subject headings, which can be...

https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/
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