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Antislavery Poetry from San Francisco

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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.

Slave Voices from the Duke University Special Collection Library

A 1995 Duke University exhibit of rare documents relating to slavery.

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Bunce Island Project

Site concerned with the history of Bunce Island, a British slave castle in Sierra Leone.

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L'abolition - Les abolitions des esclavages

A French-language teaching site on the history of slavery and abolition, with digital documents.

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Owen Lovejoy Homestead

Historic home of Underground Railroad operator and antislavery journalist Owen Lovejoy; presently a museum.

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Let Your Motto Be Resistance: African American Portraits

A 2007-2008 photography exhibition by the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, included many antebellum images of slaves and ex-slaves.

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La Strada International Women's Rights Centre (Ukraine)

Ukrainian, Russian, and English-language site on trafficking, forced labor, and its victims in the Ukraine.

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Through the Lens of Time: Images of African Americans from the Cook Collection of Photographs

Searchable database of 19th and 20th-century images of African Americans, digitized by Virginia Commonwealth University.

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In The Land of Slavery

A 2005 investigative report on contemporary Brazilian slavery, by Osha Gray Davidson in Rolling Stone Magazine.

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Slaves and the Courts: 1740 - 1860

Collection of approximately 100 digitized rare pamphlets and books documenting the US legal history of slavery; produced by the Library of Congress.

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Black Abolitionist Archives

The Black Abolitionist Archives is a research center devoted to study of the African American struggle against slavery. The page link leads to archive holdings.

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Comité pour la Mémoire de l'Esclavage

Reports of the official French commission on public education concerning the history of slavery.

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Comite contre l'esclavage moderne

French-language site concerning contemporary slavery in France and the world; includes legal reports on slavery prosecutions in France.

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Documenting Louisiana Sugar 1845-1917

A major research database on the Louisiana sugar industry, compiled as a joint project by the University of Sussex (UK) and University of Toronto (Canada).

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The Liberator Files

A site featuring selected articles from William Lloyd Garrison's newspaper, The Liberator. Associated with the Boston African American National Historic Site.

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Nathaniel Peabody Rogers Site

A site by Crispin Sartwell on the writings and anarchist politics of New Hampshire writer and abolitionist Nathaniel Peabody Rogers.

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Massachusetts Historical Society - Images of the Antislavery Movement in Massachusetts

Website provides unique visual resources relating to the antislavery movement, from holdings of the Massachusetts Historical Society. The site has the best available digital portrait collection of antislavery personalities.

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Monticello Plantation Database

Contains information on slaves living on Thomas Jefferson's Virginia plantations between 1774 and 1826.

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Remembering Slavery

A Smithsonian Institution website based on the book 'Remembering Slavery.' It features RealAudio sound files of the voices of former slaves, recorded in the early twentieth century.

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Sex Slaves

A PBS documentary on global sex slavery, broadcast in February 2006.

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Secession Era Editorials Project

Furman University digitization project with editorials on the Nebraska Bill, the caning of Sumner, Dred Scott, and Harper's Ferry.

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"The Late Unpleasantness in Idaho: Southern Slavery and the Culture Wars"

Essay by William Ramsey, assistant professor of history at University of Idaho, on the appearance of pro-slavery literature on campus in December 2004.

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Slavery in America

Website accompanying the PBS series 'Slavery in America'. Contains extensive literature and teaching resources; note the 'Roads to Freedom' multimedia section on means by which slaves gained freedom.

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Slavery Resources - Washington State University-Vancouver

Collection of electronic resources on slavery from Sue Peabody, associate professor of history at Washington State University.

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'Steal Away, Steal Away': A Guide to the Underground Railroad in New Jersey

Guide produced in 2002 by the New Jersey Historical Commission.

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Slavery Era Insurance Registry

Database of slave insurance records; maintained by California state government by legislative provision.

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Slavery and Emancipation in Washington, DC

Bibliography and electronic resources list on history of slavery in the District of Columbia.

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Slavery and the Making of America

PBS documentary website on the history of US slavery, with streaming media and substantial information.

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Slavery in the North

State-by-state exploration of the history of slavery in northern US states.

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The Southern Debate Over Slavery

Website accompanying Loren Schweninger's 'The Southern Debate Over Slavery' (University of Illinois Press); provides electronic versions of antebellum slavery petitions to legislatures of southern states.

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Universitat Trier - Slavery Research Training Group

Graduate studies group in 'Slavery, Serfdom and Forced Labor: Forms of Unfree Life and Labour from Antiquity to the 20th Century.' German-language site, with some English.

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Slave-Studies Net

Guide to online materials relating to slavery; online images and sound file section especially useful; created and maintained at the Library of the European University Institute, Florence, Italy.

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Parliament and the British Slave Trade 1600-1807

A bicentennial site on the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade, produced by the British House of Lords. Contains audiio readings of antislavery materials and large numbers of digitized parliamentary records.

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Uncle Tom's Cabin and American Culture

A multimedia archive of Uncle Tom's Cabin and cultural reactions and interpretations in the United States. An excellent teaching resource. Located at University of Virginia.

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The Underground Railroad: Finding Freedom in the Niagara Region

A Canadian multimedia presentation on the history of the Underground Railroad and the fugitives it brought to Canada.

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United Nations Commission on Human Rights

Report on 'Systematic Rape, Sexual Slavery, and Slavery-like Practices in Armed Conflicts'; published 2002.

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UNESCO - 2004: Slavery Abolition Year

UNESCO site containing information on the 2004 International Year to Commemorate the Struggle Against Slavery and its Abolition. Contains links to the Slave Routes project and Slave Trade Archives project.

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United Nations - Commissioner for Human Rights - Working Group on Contemporary Forms of Slavery

Official website of the UN Working Group on Contemporary Forms of Slavery, with available reports from the early 1990s.

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US State Department Trafficking in Persons Report, 2005

US State Department's annual trafficking report.

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US State Department Trafficking in Persons Report, 2004

The US State Department annual Trafficking in Persons Report, 2004.

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US State Department Trafficking in Persons Report, 2006

US State Department's annual trafficking report.

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United States National Slavery Museum

The United States National Slavery Museum is scheduled to open in Frederickburg, Virginia in 2007. Its website is already functional.

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Victor Schoelcher et l'abolition de l'esclavage en 1848

A commemorative site for the work of French abolitionist Victor Schoeler.

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Valley of the Shadow

Educational exercise on slavery based on masters' wills; developed by the University of Virginia.

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Virginia Runaways

Searchable collection of runaway slave advertisements; part of the Virtual Jamestown online exhibit.

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Voyages en Afrique

An extensive French-language site maintained by the Bibliotheque Nationale, including over 900 books and large collections of journals, maps and photographs. Contains significant materials on slavery and the slave trade.

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Voyages: The Transatlantic Slave Trade Database

A major historical database on the history of the slave trade between Africa and the Americas. A collaboration between Emory University, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the W.E.B. Du Bois Center at Harvard University.

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Voices from the Days of Slavery: Former Slaves Tell Their Story

Library of Congress site featuring audio recordings made of people who experienced slavery first-hand, providing a unique opportunity to listen to them describe their lives in their own voices. These interviews conducted between 1932 and 1975, capture the recollections of twenty-three identifiable ex-slaves, people born between 1823 and the early 1860s.

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Wachovia Slavery Report

A report by the Wachovia Corporation on historical links to slavery through its predecessor corporations.

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WarSlavery

A campaign to stop US taxpayer-sponsored trafficking in Iraq; in association with Free the Slaves.

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Virginia Emigrants to Liberia

A University of Virginia digital project on emigration to Liberia, containing a searchable database and stories of emigrants & emancipators.

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Wikipedia - Slavery Article

Wikipedia is a free online popular encyclopedia. The 'Slavery' article is useful and contains many links to other sources of information on the Internet.

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Wilberforce's Life and Legacy

A BBC Radio 4 'In Our Time' program of February 22, 2007, on British abolitionist William Wilberforce.

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Whispers of Angels

Award-winning 2002 documentary on the Underground Railroad, and the work of Thomas Garrett, William Still, and Harriet Tubman.

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Wilberforce 2007

Hull's 2007 bicentennial site commemorating abolition of the transatlantic slave trade, focusing on British abolitionist William Wilberforce.

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William Still Underground Railroad Foundation

Website of a New Jersey non-profit dedicated to commemorating the Underground Railroad and William Still's role

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Yale Slavery

Exploration of institutional profit from slavery and the history of antislavery at Yale University. Site sponsored by the Amistad Committee.

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Young Koreans United - Justice for Comfort Women Project

A Los Angeles-based Korean American organization that sponsors an educational and legal project to obtain justice for Korean women forced into prostitution by Japanese military forces during World War II.

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