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New! Soulclap to history professor Beverly King for pointing us to some remarkable research on The Amistad Case (1839).  The Amistad Case is one of the most important to ever come before US courts. It influenced the abolitionist movement and proved that many influential people in the United States were in favor of abolishing slavery on the whole.

We live in Cincinnati OH...so we were very interested in learning about African Americans in Southeastern Ohio. At this website we found a variety of information regarding the Underground Railroad. This loose network of aid assisted fugitives from bondage Perhaps as many as one hundred thousand enslaved persons may have escaped in the years between the American Revolution and the Civil War.

Want to learn about the Anti-Slavery Convention of 1833? This information was originally published in John G. Whittier's "Prose Works". This site is an excerpt from Whittier's recollection of the founding convention of the American Anti-Slavery Society. Whittier reviews how the convention's "Declaration of Sentiments" came into being and his narrative evokes the earnest and solemn nature of the occasion.

Click here to order the book!Take a moment to review some of the online "Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl" written by Linda Brent (Harriet Jacobs). This narrative is no fiction, nor is it an exaggeration of the wrongs inflicted by slavery. Harriet Jacobs gives the reader a clear picture of the life of a female house slave in the South before the Civil War. In anguishing detail, Jacobs tells how she resisted being sexually exploited by her master and how she gained a degree of freedom from this oppression first by going into hiding and then by escaping to the North. Incidents is also the story of the sacrifices Jacobs made to protect her family and to help her two children, as well as herself, become legally free.

The Freedmen's Bureau Online is the cyberspace home of The Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands. Often referred to as the Freedmen's Bureau, it was established in the War Department by an act of March 3, 1865. The Bureau supervised all relief and educational activities relating to refugees and freedmen, including issuing rations, clothing and medicine. The Bureau also assumed custody of confiscated lands or property in the former Confederate States, border states, District of Columbia, and Indian Territory. The bureau records were created or maintained by bureau headquarters, the assistant commissioners and the state superintendents of education and included personnel records and a variety of standard reports concerning bureau programs and conditions in the states.

"Studies in the World History of Slavery, Abolition and Emancipation" is an occasional publication featuring essays, documents, images, bibliographies and database information relevant to the history of slavery, abolition, and emancipation. The journal is intended to provide a global context for slave studies. The project is intended also to link scholars in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas. Although the project's primary means of dissemination is electronic, printed copies can be made available to scholars and libraries that lack access to the Internet.

One of our Villagers shared the location of a 1440-1860 timeline of slavery & religion in America which is quite informative.

The Charles Blockson Afro-American collection provides you with information regarding rare books, prints, photographs, slave narratives, manuscripts, letters, sheet music, and other special collections. Check out OURstory!

Recent acquisitions in African American history & literature is a collection of history, autobiographies, biographies, church histories, letters, slave narratives, poetry and materials relating the African American experience.

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