The Amistad Research Center An independent African American archive founded in 1966 to document the American civil rights movement. Includes guides to the center's manuscript, art, and media collections.
Antislavery Literature Project The goal of the Antislavery Literature Project is to increase public access to a body of literature crucial to understanding African American experience, US and hemispheric histories of slavery, and early human rights philosophies. These multilingual collections contribute to an educational consciousness of the role of many antislavery writers in creating contemporary concepts of freedom. Includes the Frederick Douglas Translations, the John Brown Poetry collection, and many other collections.
"'Been Here So Long': Selections from the WPA American Slave Narratives." Includes a selection of seventeen interviews of former slaves conducted by members of the Federal Writers Project of the Works Progress Administration; an introductory essay on the Narratives and their place in the documentary and cultural movements of the 1930s, by Mark Krasovic; three sets of lesson plans by Dick Parsons, a curriculum development specialist at the New Deal Network; and a short guide to bibliographical and online resources.
Summary of Chester County, PA slave manumissions identified by a survey of the Miscellaneous Deed Index. The 65 entries cover the years 1758-1858. While these manumissions were filed in Chester County, many were for slaves whose masters resided in Maryland or Delaware.
Digital History: African American Voices Texts and other resources for middle school, high school, and first-year college history teaching on the African American experience. Compiled by Steve Mintz and Sara McNeil, University of Houston.
Frederick Douglass Papers Indiana and Purdue University's collection and publication of the writings of the great nineteenth-century, African American, anti-slavery and human rights activist Frederick Douglass.
Freedmen and Southern Society Project An extensive selection of primary documents depicting the drama of emancipation in the words of the participants: liberated slaves and defeated slaveholders, soldiers and civilians, common folk and the elite, Northerners and Southerners.
Freedmens Bureau Online Online publication of documents (registers, reports, applications) from the Reconstruction era Freedmens Bureau. This is a commercial site that does not explicitly state its methodology, purpose, or sponsors.
Harriet Jacobs Papers Pace University's project to produce a two-volume documentary edition of papers by and about the 19th-century African-American author, abolitionist, and reformer Harriet Jacobs (1813-1897), to be published by the University of North Carolina Press.
Birth certificates, manumission records, court case records concerning New Jersey slaves, organized by county. Some have been scanned and are available online. Others refer to paper or microfilm records.
Race and Slavery Petitions Project Prof. Loren Schweninger's collection of tens of thousands of petitions to southern state legislatures for redress of grievances, 1770-1865.
Slaves and the Courts, 1740-1860, American Memory Project A Library of Congress collection of over a hundred pamphlets and books (published between 1772 and 1889) concerning legal suits involving slaves. The documents comprise an assortment of trials and cases, reports, arguments, accounts, examinations of cases and decisions, proceedings, journals, a letter, and other works of historical importance.
Thomas Jefferson Papers Approximately eighty-three thousand images from the papers of Thomas Jefferson, including correspondence, commonplace books, account books, and manuscript volumes. These documents shed light on the history of Jefferson's thoughts on politics, slavery, religion, and other subjects; his decades-long political partnership with James Madison; and his friendships with John and Abigail Adams, William Short, and others.
Africans in America Site devoted to the Public Broadcasting Service series about the history of Africans in America from colonial times to the Civil War.
The Amistad Case: Documents and Teaching Activities The National Archives and Records Administration presents documents related to the circuit court and Supreme Court cases involving the Amistad and offers suggestions for teaching activities that are correlated to the National Standards for History and the National Standards for Civics and Government. The teaching activities encourage educators and students to analyze the documents and draw conclusions about slavery, abolition, and the United States legal system.
Flight to Freedom A computer simulation in which the player takes on the persona of a slave escaping from slavery, attempting to make it to the northern U.S. or Canada with as many family members as possible.
Key West African Memorial Committee A public history site devoted to recovering the memory of the African Cemetery on Higgs Beach, Key West, Florida and the transatlantic slave trade.
Lest We Forget: The Triumph Over Slavery Created by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library, in conjunction with the UNESCO Slave Route Project to mark the United Nations General Assembly's resolution proclaiming 2004 as the International Year to Commemorate the Struggle against Slavery and Its Abolition. A web exhibit (modeled on a traveling exhibit) featuring segments on Africa, the transatlantic slave trade, slave labor and slave systems, the struggle against slavery and its abolition, family life and social development, religion, language, literacy and education, and expressive culture.
The Underground Railroad Sponsored by the National Park Service, this site lists historic places, educational materials, programs, parks, and links to other internet sources on the Underground Railroad.
Campaign to Rescue and Restore Victims of Human Trafficking U.S. government division, under Health and Human Services. Aimed at identifying and rescuing victims of human trafficking in the United States, with factsheets in English, Polish, Russian, Spanish and "Traditional" Chinese. Includes "Trafficking Information and Referral Hotline," 1.888.3737.888. Established in conformity with U.S. Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA).
Free the Slaves A non-profit organization working to end slavery world-wide. Includes Resources for teachers.
Anti-Slavery International An organization devoted to the abolition of contemporary forms of slavery, including debt bondage, false adoption (of children to work as domestic servants), servitude imposed by serfdom or caste, and domestic slavery.
AARDOC: African American Religion: A Documentary History Project An effort to produce a comprehensive history of African-American religion, from the earliest African-European encounters along the west coast of Africa in the mid-fifteenth century to the present day, to be published by University of Chicago Press.
Mémoire St Barth | Histoire de Saint-Barthélemy (Comité de Liaison et d'Application des Sources Historiques) Resources dedicated to the history of Saint-Barthélemy (FWI) : slave trade, slavery, their abolition and impact on this island of the Lesser Antilles. .
Esclavages Centre Nationale de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) website devoted to resources and information about slavery in the world, historical and current. Maintained by Myriam Cottias.
Olaudah Equiano, or, Gustavus Vassa, the African Site includes a critical biography, map of Equiano's travels, bibliography, excerpts, portraits and related sources. Created and maintained by Brycchan Carey, lecturer in English at Kingston University in Surrey, England.
Yekrik! Yekrak! An idiosyncratic site maintained by Dominique Chathuant devoted to the abolition of slavery in the Francophone world. The site's gateway gives access to English and French versions. Accessing the site will notify the webmaster of your visit and record your e-mail address ONLY if you approve but my experience is that this feature is not abused. Ms Chathuant is interested in monitoring the international interest in the site and making contact with interested parties.
L'Esclavage au Cinema: Quelques films Brief reviews of films that deal with slavery, culled from the H-Slavery listserv, translated into French. Also includes recommended novels dealing with slavery. sity.
H-Slavery Listserv Backlogs These are the records of previous conversations by the participants in the H-Slavery Listserv. Searchable by keyword and accessible by author, subject and date.
Histoire d'esclaves dans le monde atlantique français The Group d'Atlantique Français (McGill University) and the Faculté des Lettres et Sciences Humanes of the Université de Sherbrooke are developing this site, which will include a database of blacks in the French Atlantic, including runaway notices and admiralty recods.
History in Focus History in Focus invited eight academics to write short pieces on various aspects of slavery, the slave trade and its abolition from their own research perspectives. The resulting articles cover a broad range of issues, including resistance among slaves, runaway slave communities, proslavery arguments in the British West Indies, aspects of abolishing the slave trade including the economic consequences, and memories of slavery in Africa.
Records of Slave Ship Movement Between Africa and the Americas, 1817-1843 Raw data and documentation of slave ship movement between Africa and the Americas from 1817-1843, including: ship's port of arrival, date of arrival, type of vessel, tonnage, master's name, number of guns, number of crew, national flag, number of slaves, port of departure, number of days of voyage, and mortality. Based on Philip Curtin and Herbert Klein's data sets.
Slavery and Abolition Website for the journal Slavery and Abolition, including table of contents of current and previous issues.
Slavery and Manumission Manuscripts of Timbuktu. A collection of 206 Arabic manuscripts from the Bibliothèque Commémorative Mama Haidara in Timbuktu, Mali, including documentation on Africans in slavery and manumission in Muslim societies. Selected by Abdel Kader Haidara, Curator of the Bibliotheque Commemorative Mama Haidara and John O. Hunwick, Professor of History and Religion, Northwestern Univer
Anneaux de la Memoire French language website dedicated to five centuries of history connecting Europe, Africa and the Americas, with particular reference to the slave trade, slavery and their influence on the present. Sited in Nantes, France.
Captive Passage: The Transatlantic Slave Trade and the Making of the Americas A NEH-funded project of the Mariner's Museum in Newport News, Virginia, this site includes text and a few images from the transatlantic slave trade. A more extensive image bank requires users to certify their use as "personal" or "commercial" before viewing the images. "Educational" is not listed as an option.
Caribbean Histories Revealed On-line exhibit mounted by the British National Archives narrating the history of enslaved people and their descendents, 17th century to the present. Includes sample documents and links to archival research tools, including censuses.
Centre de Recherches Internationales sur les EsclavagesFrench-only site.Le Centre International de Recherches sur les Esclavages. Acteurs, systèmes, représentations (GDRI du CNRS) a été créé à la suite du RTP « Esclavages ». Il est composé d’un réseau international de chercheurs appartenant à des universités et des centres de recherche des continents africain, américain et européen.
Heritage of Slavery in South Africa A project of Iziko Museums, a national museum group that manages fifteen museum sites in and around Cape Town, including the former VOC Slave Lodge and Groot Constantia Estate, a wine estate that made extensive use of slave labour.
History of Slavery in Martinique A fairly comprehensive website focusing on Martinique, with an unusual and engaging game good for all ages that brings the history of slavery into context (game is in French only). Good time line and developing forum for discussion.
Le site « Histoire de l’esclavage en Martinique » propose un panorama complet sur le tragique phénomène de l’esclavage qui influa de manière décisive sur le peuplement des Antilles françaises
Juneteenth.com A commercial site promoting the celebration of the abolition of slavery in the United States.
Kura Hulanda Webpage to the museum of slavery on Curacao, formerly a Dutch sugar colony.
The Museum of African Slavery A "virtual museum" maintained by Pier M. Larson, an assistant Prof. of History at Pennsylvania State University, this site presently contains mostly text.
Slave Trade Simulation A demographic simulation summarizing available information on slave trade and combining it with what is known of normal human patterns of birth, death, and migration. Users may vary the demographic conditions and see their implications.
Slavery @ the Cape This site, created by Mogamat G Kamedien in conjunction with the commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the founding of the Dutch East India Company, gives information about the Cape Slave Code of 1754, Social conditions of slaves at the cape, a Timeline, and other related information about slavery in colonial South Africa.