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The Pacific Appeal was the leading African American newspaper on the West Coast during the early 1860s.  A newly-published set of eight antislavery poems from the journal's inaugural 1862 volume captures the sense of expectancy within the African American community for the imminent end of US slavery.  These poems include the work of James Madison Bell, a San Francisco plasterer, brickmason, and poet.  Read more... 
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Slavery scholarship and contemporary antislavery literature emerge continually. While the Antislavery Literature Project primarily concerns narratives of historical slavery, this section also provides selected materials on contemporary slavery and its study. The purpose of a resource list that contains both historical and contemporary materials is to emphasize the continuity of slavery and its different forms.

Abolition of Slavery in Spain

Site commemorating the 120th anniversary of the abolition of slavery in Spain; provides Spanish-language resources on antislavery history.

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Abraham Lincoln Net

The Abraham Lincoln Historical Digitization Project at Northern Illinois University contains a wide array of digital materials, many of them relating to slavery. The site includes teaching plans and streaming video presentations; an excellent teaching resource.

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Amistad Research Center

Located at Tulane University and named in honor of the slave ship revolt, the Center is one of the largest research centers in African American history.

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The Atlantic Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Americas: A Visual Record

A collection of a thousand digital images related to the slave trade and slavery, assembled by Jerome S. Handler and Michael L. Tuite, Jr. Sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and the Digital Media Lab at the University of Virginia Library.

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Africa and Slavery - African History on the Internet

Electronic resource list maintained at Stanford University.

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Africa Focus

University of Wisconsin project in Africana digitization; contains limited antislavery materials.

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AfriGeneas - African American and African Ancestored Genealogy

Extensive website on African American genealogy, with information on slave records and a searchable runaway slave advertisement feature.

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Africana Heritage

University of South Florida project to document the lives of former slaves and their descendants.

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Been Here So Long: Selections from the WPA American Slave Narratives

Electronic education project in the slave narratives compiled by the Federal Writers Project, produced by the New Deal Network.

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Afrolumens Project

Online county-level database on slavery in central Pennsylvania, with many more historical resources. Excellent site.

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African American Mosaic

A Library of Congress guide for studying black history and culture. Topics include colonization and Liberia, abolitionists and slavery, western migration and homesteading, and ex-slave narratives.

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Africans in America

Legacy website of a 1998 PBS documentary, 'Africans in America.' Contains educational information on history of slavery.

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Afro-Louisiana History and Genealogy: 1719-1820

Massive database on over 100,000 African American slaves in Louisiana during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Website produced by Gwendolyn Midlo Hall, the Center for the Public Domain, and University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill.

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Amazing Grace: An Anthology of Poems about Slavery, 1660-1810

Table of contents and introductory essay from James Basker's anthology of antislavery poems (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2002).

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American Anti-slavery Group

A Boston-based group active in present-day antislavery work. Website oriented towards current news in the field, with special attention to Sudan.

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Amistad: Seeking Freedom in Connecticut

A National Park Service site providing information on the sites in Connecticut associated with the Amistad slave ship revolt.

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Anti-Slavery International

Founded in 1839, Anti-slavery International is one of the oldest human rights organizations. Its annual reviews and reports provide authoritative information on contemporary slavery issues. Note the recent Recovered Histories section with a database on historical antislavery texts. An excellent website with up-to-date information.

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Underground Railroad in Indiana

A collection of research presentations and information sources on the Underground Railroad in Indiana, from the Indiana Historical Bureau.

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Amistad Trial Home Page

University of Missouri - Kansas City law school website with full materials on the Amistad case.

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Bad Subjects -- Slaveries Issue (#69)

Journal issue on contemporary slaveries.

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Beneath the Underground: The Flight to Freedom and Communities in Antebellum Maryland

A digital project of the Maryland State Archives to document the Underground Railroad, with case studies and interactive materials.

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Black History at Harper's Weekly, 1857-1874

Reports on slavery, the Civil War, and Reconstruction, originally published in Harper's Weekly magazine.

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Break the Chain Campaign

A District of Columbia-based campaign on issues of enslaved domestic labor in the United States.

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Beyond Face Value

An online exhibit on the depiction of slaves on Confederate currency. A project of the US Civil War Center at Louisiana State University.

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BBC World Service - Slavery Today Programme

British Broadcasting Corporation program providing stories from contemporary slavery; broadcast 2005 and available in audio files.

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Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from Federal Writers' Project

Library of Congress site. Presents 2,300 first-person accounts of slavery and 500 photographs of former slaves.

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Breaking the Silence - Antislavery International

International educational site on the transatlantic slave trade, with numerous school lesson plans. Co-sponsored by UNESCO's Transatlantic Slave Trade Education Project and the British Council.

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Black Loyalist Heritage Society

African Canadian historical society in Nova Scotia dedicated to preserving the history of its fugitive slave community and their descendants.

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British Abolitionists: Slavery, Abolition, and Emancipation in the UK

Useful summary biographies on British abolitionists, original texts, timelines, and more.

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Brown University - Steering Committee on Slavery and Justice

University committee appointed in 2003 at Brown University to investigate institutional involvement in the early slave trade. Site contains significant resources, including a series of reports and teaching materials. The committee released its final report in October 2006.

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California Underground Railroad

California State University - Sacramento library website on the little-known California branch of the Underground Railroad.

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Center Against Violence and Human Trafficking

Website of anti-trafficking center established in Perm, Russia; includes both Russian- and English-language materials.

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Civil War and Reconstruction (1850-1877)

This site provides documents and images for learning about "fugitive from labor" cases and black soldiers in the Civil War. The site includes Civil War photos by Mathew Brady and letters, telegrams, and photos illustrating factors that affected the Civil War.

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Classics on American Slavery

Digitized texts of early twentieth-century scholarship on slavery; provided free of charge by a commercial company, Dinsmore Documentation. Includes selections from Journal of Negro History.

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Connecticut Freedom Trail

Website on the history of the Underground Railroad, the Amistad case, and more; sponsored by the Connecticut Historical Commission.

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Digital Archeology Archive of Chesapeake Slavery

Focuses on enslaved Africans and their descendants living in the Chesapeake region of Virginia during the colonial and antebellum periods. The site provides analyses of artifacts, deposits, and architectural plans from different sites, including Monticello, Mount Vernon, Stratford Hall, and Williamsburg.

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Coalition of Immokalee Workers Anti-Slavery Campaign

Website on Florida citrus slavery and Department of Justice prosecutions.

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Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking

A Los Angeles-based anti-trafficking organization.

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Comite contre l'Esclavage Moderne - Victims of Trafficking

A two-portal website, with a French-language portion for the Comite contre l'Esclavage Moderne and a multilingual site on Victims of Trafficking. Sponsored by the Daphne Program of the European Commission. The Comite site has up-to-date news on trafficking; the second site area provides information on NGOs working on issues of trafficking.

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Comite pour la Memoire de l'Esclavage

Site of official French governmental commission for memorialization of slavery and its abolition.

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L’association Les Anneaux de la Mémoire

French-language site on the history of slavery. The Association has an extensive list of its educational publications.

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Daywalka Foundation

A US-based NGO committed to ending human trafficking and modern day slavery by advancing the rule of law and equity for women and children in South Asia.

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Death or Liberty - Gabriel, Nat Turner, and John Brown

University of Virginia electronic exhibit on three antislavery revolts; includes digital documents.

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Expansion and Reform (1801-1868)

This site features maps, documents, and images for learning about the Lewis and Clark expedition, the growth of regionalism, the Amistad case, Lincoln's "spot resolutions," the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, the petition of Amelia Bloomer regarding suffrage in the West, migration north to Alaska and the Sioux Treaty of 1868.

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Exploring Amistad at Mystic Seaport

An educational site on the Amistad Revolt.

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Freedom Denied: Forced Labor in California

A 2005 report from the Human Rights Center at University of California - Berkeley on forced labor in California during 1998-2003.

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Forced Labor Camps

An online exhbition on the Soviet gulag system, organized by the Open Society Archives at the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary.

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Forced Labor - United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Section of the Holocaust Encyclopedia on forced labor during the World War II era, including streaming video interviews with survivors and links to further materials on the subject.

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Emancipation Proclamation

National Archives website with enlargeable digital images of the Emancipation Proclamation.

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Harriet Jacobs - Selected Writings and Correspondence

A collection of 15 documents and a brief resource guide to books and online resources, created by the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition with the assistance and cooperation of Jean Fagin Yellin.

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Harriet Beecher Stowe Center

Interpretive historical center in Hartford, Connecticut, devoted to the legacy of Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of 'Uncle Tom's Cabin.'

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Hidden Slaves: Forced Labor in the United States

A 2004 report from the Human Rights Center at University of California - Berkeley and the Free the Slaves organization, concerning contemporary trafficking and slavery in the United States.

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In Motion Project

Project of the Schomburg Center for Black Culture, tracing African American migrations. Deals significantly with slavery.

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Feminist Sexual Ethics Project - Contemporary Slavery

Site introducing issues relating to contemporary slavery, slave-like conditions, and sexual slavery; produced and maintained at Brandeis University; includes materials in Arabic.

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Harriet Jacobs Papers

Located at Pace University, the project is engaged in producing a scholarly edition of the papers of Harriet Jacobs.

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Code Noir (1)

English-language translation of the 1685 French Code Noir; from George Mason University.

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Code Noir (2)

English-language translation of the 1685 French Code Noir; published by Washington State University - Vancouver.

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Old Sturbridge Village - Antislavery

Lesson plan on mid-nineteenth-century antislavery, with digital documents for study; appropriate for secondary students. Produced by Old Sturbridge Village.

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Digital History - Slavery

A resource page on the history of US slavery, organized chronologically; useful for basic subject education.

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The Dred Scott Case

Washington University electronic exhibition on the Dred Scott case.

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National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

Opened in August 2004, a national center dedicated to the history of slavery, freedom, and contemporary civil rights.

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Flight to Freedom

An interactive online game that enables participants to trace routes of the Underground Railroad. Located at Bowdoin College.

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Frederick Douglass Project

Digitization project at University of Rochester for the papers of Frederick Douglass; includes materials for teachers.

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Our Shared History, African American Heritage: Underground Railroad

Electronic resources of the National Park Service relating to the Underground Railroad.

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Earth Rights International - 'We Are Not Free To Work For Ourselves'

A 2002 report on forced labor in Burma, based on interviews with forced laborers.

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Harriet Wilson Project

The Harriet Wilson Project seeks to raise awareness of Harriet Wilson and her literary work, and to educate the public on her contribution to American history and literature.

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German Forced Labour Compensation Programme

Informational website maintained by the International Organisation for Migration, regarding administration of the German Forced Labour Compensation Programme established by German law in 2000 for compensation of slave labor. Site in English, French, German, and Spanish, with activity updates.

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Editing Antislavery Poems

Syllabus of Boston College course in editing antislavery poems, taught by Alan Richardson. Provides online examples of annotated antislavery poetry.

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Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition

Updated information on transatlantic slavery studies at Yale University.

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Race Slavery and Petitions Project

Located at University of North Carolina at Greensboro and directed by Loren Schweninger, the Project has collected approximately 3,000 legislative petitions, 15,500 county court petitions, and over 100,000 pages of documentary evidence relating to slavery. The database is in an easy-to-access format and recommended for research purposes.

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Frederick Douglass Papers

Library of Congress site. Presents the papers of the 19th-century African-American abolitionist who escaped from slavery and became an outspoken antislavery lecturer, writer, and publisher.

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Freedmen's Bureau Online

Website containing records of the post-emancipation Freedmen's Bureau.

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Freedom's Journal

The first African American newspaper, established in 1827. Digitization provided by the Wisconsin Historical Society.

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Slave Movement During the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries

University of Wisconsin-Madison site provides raw data and documentation of the eighteenth and nineteenth-century transatlantic slave trade.

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Free the Slaves

A non-profit organization seeking to end slavery worldwide. Provides reputable field reports.

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History Now

Second issue of History Now (December 2004), an online history journal sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Center; devoted to primary documents of slavery; a good teaching resource.

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Liberian Letters

A set of letters written from Liberia during 1834-1835 and 1857-1866 by ex-slaves sponsored by the American Colonization Society. Project of the Electronic Text Center at University of Virginia.

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Harriet Tubman Resource Centre on the African Diaspora

Significant collection of digital resources concerning the African diaspora; based at the Department of History at York University.

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Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

National Park Service website for Douglass' historic home in Anacostia, District of Columbia.

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Frederick Douglass Papers Project

Website accompanying the Indiana University project for the scholarly editing of the papers of Frederick Douglass.

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Merseyside Maritime Museum - Transatlantic Slavery Exhibition

Permanant exhibition and website at the Merseyside Maritime Museum in Liverpool (UK) on the transatlantic slave trade, including audio file readings of Olaudah Equiano and others.

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Gilder Lehrman Center Bibliography of Online Documents

A collection of over 200 digitized documents on slavery, abolition, and post-emancipation. Includes extensive materials on Frederick Douglass.

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Histoire de l'esclavage en Martinique

French-language site, with some English, on the history of slavery in Martinique; includes educational materials.

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Freedmen and Southern Society Project

University of Maryland site accompanying its 30 year-old and pioneering documentation publishing project on emancipation and its social aftermath. Site contains many sample digital documents.

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The Lovejoy Society

Illinois-based society dedicated to making available information on abolitionist Owen Lovejoy (brother to Elijah Lovejoy). Site includes some digitized speeches, sermons, and essays.

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Institute for the Study of Slavery

A leading British research center in slavery studies, located at University of Nottingham.

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Rebellion: John Horse and the Black Seminoles, First Black Rebels to Beat American Slavery

A skillfully-designed, heavily-researched, and deep history education site on the Black Seminoles and their revolt against slavery.

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H-Slavery

The H-Slavery discussion list seeks to promote interaction and exchange among scholars engaged in research on slavery, the slave trade, abolition, and emancipation.

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'Slavery - The Peculiar Institution' - Library of Congress

Part of the African American Odyssey online exhbition from the Library of Congress; includes digitized images of original documents on slavery.

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Slave Trade Archive Project

UNESCO project established in 1999 to document the Atlantic slave trade. Project sponsored numerous digitization initiatives; now complete.

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International Labour Office -- Report: Global Action to Combat Forced Labour

Extensive report by the International Labour Office providing quantative data on the phenonena of forced labor and trafficking. Published May 2005.

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Lest We Forget

An electronic presentation developed by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture for the International Year to Commemorate the Struggle Against Slavery and its Abolition.

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Memories of Slavery

Searchable database on cultural images of slavery; created and maintained at Universitat Trier.

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Red Light, Green Light: The Global Trafficking of Women

Discusses the international sex trafficking industry, including the women and girls who work as entertainment girls, hospitality girls, prostitutes, and massage girls.

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Samuel J. May Anti-Slavery Collection

Digital home of one of the richest collections of antislavery materials, originally gathered by abolitionist Samuel J. May and donated to Cornell University. Excellent site for information searches.

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Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property

Companion website to a PBS documentary on the Nat Turner revolt.

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Nationaal Instituut Nederlands Slavernijverleden

Dutch-language site in the Netherlands for the National Monument of Slavery History.

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