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The Forced Migration of Enslaved People

The Digital Scholarship Lab (DSL) at the University of Richmond has created this digital humanities project that illuminates the forced migration of enslaved individuals in the American South between 1810 and 1859. This project features data from the Minnesota Population Center's National Historical Geographic Information System (IPUMS NHGIS) as well as passages from historical narratives, such as Elizabeth Keckley's Behind the Scenes: Or, Thirty Years a Slave and Four Years in the White House and Solomon Northup's Twelve Years a Slave. The Forced Migration of Enslaved People consists of four parts. The first is an interactive map that allows visitors to track out-migration and in-migration data across southern counties over time. In doing so, this map offers information about the slave trade in the South. The map also contains a series of pin marks that indicate locations described in historical narratives. By clicking on the pin mark, visitors can read passages from these narratives. To learn more about the slave trade and forced migration over time, visitors can use the timeline tool, which appears just below the map. As users select different decades, they will see migration statistics for that decade along with information about the location of cotton and sugar plantations. Finally, visitors can also view a bubble map (available in the data section) that provides a visualization of migrations in and out of a specific state or county. This project offers powerful insights into the violence of slavery.
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Date of Scout Publication 2018-06-15
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