African and African-American Studies

History of Slavery and the African Diaspora

The Abolitionist
Articles related to the abolitionist movement.

Abraham Lincoln Papers: Emancipation Proclamation
Includes a discussion of the document, a timeline of Lincoln’s presidency, and images of the first draft of the document.

Adult Primary Slave Narratives/Documents on Slavery

Adult Studies of Slave Narratives, Folklore, and the African American Literary Imagination

Adult Studies of the Slave Trade, Slavery, Slave Culture, and Abolition

Adult Studies of the Civil War, Emancipation, and Reconstruction

Adult Studies of the Civil War in Popular Culture

Adult Fiction and Poetry on Civil War/Slavery Themes

The African American: A Journey from Slavery to Freedom
Essays on relevant events and personalities. Includes an extensive bibliography. Compiled by Melvin Sylvester, B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Library, Long Island University.

African American History and the Civil War
Includes information about African Americans in the Civil War as well as a summary of their military service throughout American history.

The African American Odyssey: The Quest for Full Citizenship
From the Library of Congress; this exhibition explores black America's quest for equality from the early national period through the twentieth century.

The African Presence in the Americas, 1492-1992
From New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

Africans in America
A web site companion to the six-hours PBS series. “The Web site chronicles the history of racial slavery in the United States -- from the start of the Atlantic slave trade in the 16th century to the end of the American Civil War in 1865 -- and explores the central paradox that is at the heart of the American story: a democracy that declared all men equal but enslaved and oppressed one people to provide independence and prosperity to another.”

American Slave Narratives: An Online Anthology
"From 1936 to 1938, over 2,300 former slaves from across the American South were interviewed by writers and journalists under the aegis of the Works Progress Administration. These former slaves, most born in the last years of the slave regime or during the Civil War, provided first-hand accounts of their experiences on plantations, in cities, and on small farms. This web site provides an opportunity to read a sample of these narratives, and to see some of the photographs taken at the time of the interviews."

Atlantic Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Americas: A Visual Record
“The approximately 1,200 images in this collection have been selected from a wide range of sources, most of them dating from the period of slavery. This collection is envisioned as a tool and a resource that can be used by teachers, researchers, students, and the general public - in brief, anyone interested in the experiences of Africans who were enslaved and transported to the Americas and the lives of their descendants in the slave societies of the New World.”

Beyond Face Value: Depictions of Slavery in Confederate Currency
Project of the U. S. Civil War Center.

A Bibliography of Afro-Cuban Culture
Compiled by Fernando Ortiz (1880-1969) and made available online by New York Public Library’s  Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers Project, 1936-1938
"Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938 contains more than 2,300 first-person accounts of slavery and 500 black-and-white photographs of former slaves. These narratives were collected in the 1930s as part of the Federal Writers' Project of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and assembled and microfilmed in 1941 as the seventeen-volume Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves. This online collection is a joint presentation of the Manuscript and Prints and Photographs Divisions of the Library of Congress and includes more than 200 photographs from the Prints and Photographs Division that are now made available to the public for the first time."

Documenting the American South
A collection of sources on Southern history, literature and culture from the colonial period through the first decades of the 20th century; contains over 1,264 books and manuscripts.

Famous American Trials: Amistad Trials, 1839-1840

Freedmen and Southern Society Project
“The Freedmen and Southern Society Project was established in 1976 to capture the essence of that revolution by 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.” Documentary history.

Harriet Tubman Resource Centre on the African Diaspora
This site, from York University in Canada, focuses on the history of the African diaspora and the movement of Africans to various parts of the world, particularly the Americas and the Islamic lands of North Africa and the Middle East.

Images of African Americans from the 19th Century
From New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

In Motion: The African-American Migration Experience
“Presents a new interpretation of African-American history, one that focuses on the self-motivated activities of peoples of African descent to remake themselves and their worlds. Of the thirteen defining migrations that formed and transformed African America, only the transatlantic slave trade and the domestic slave trades were coerced, the eleven others were voluntary movements of resourceful and creative men and women, risk-takers in an exploitative and hostile environment. Their survival skills, efficient networks, and dynamic culture enabled them to thrive and spread, and to be at the very core of the settlement and development of the Americas. Their hopeful journeys changed not only their world and the fabric of the African Diaspora but also the Western Hemisphere.”
“Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.” The site includes articles on the history of Juneteenth and its national and international celebrations.

Museum of African Slavery
“Virtual museum dedicated to the history of slavery and the slave trade in the Atlantic.”

Oxford University Humbul Humanities Hub Topic on Slavery
Provides access to a large number of Internet resources on slavery.

Popular Films and Television Series Depicting Civil War and/or Slavery Themes

Traditional African American Music

Royal Historical Society Bibliography:
The History of Britain, Ireland, and the British Overseas.Includes citations dealing with writings on slave trade, slavery, and the diasporan communities in the British empire, appearing since 1901.

Slavery and the Making of America
A four-part series documenting the history of American slavery from its beginnings in the British colonies to its end in the Southern states and the years of post-Civil War Reconstruction. Drawing on a wealth of recent scholarship, it looks at slavery as an integral part of a developing nation, challenging the long held notion that slavery was exclusively a Southern enterprise. At the same time, by focusing on the remarkable stories of individual slaves, it offers new perspectives on the slave experience and testifies to the active role that Africans and African Americans took in surviving their bondage and shaping their own lives.

Slavery in America
Educational resources for elementary and high school teachers.

Slaves and the Courts, 1740-1860
From the Library of Congress, the collection contains just over a hundred pamphlets and books (published between 1772 and 1889) concerning the difficult and troubling experiences of African and African-American slaves in the American colonies and the United States. The documents, most from the Law Library and the Rare Book and Special Collections Division of the Library of Congress, 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.

The Time of the Lincolns
Companion to the film Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided (PBS).

The Underground Railroad
From the National Geographic Online

Underground Railroad Workshop
A project of the Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region, Inc. Its goal is to make available information about the Underground Railroad in the Capital Region and in the City of Albany.

UNESCO Slave Trade Archives “Slave Route Project”
An Intercultural project administered, co-ordinated and monitored by the UNESCO Department of Intercultural Dialogue and Pluralism for a Culture of Peace. Launched by UNESCO in 1994. The Slave Route Project aims to study and understand the profound causes and modalities of the slave trade and to underline the interactions generated by it, in the Americas, West Indies and the Indian Ocean.

United States National Slavery Museum
The United States National Slavery Museum is committed to telling a more complete story of American slavery. Its honesty will lead the nation in commemorating, understanding, and overcoming slavery and its enduring legacy.

Voices from the Days of Slavery
The almost seven hours of recorded interviews presented here took place between 1932 and 1975 in nine Southern states. Twenty-three interviewees, born between 1823 and the early 1860s, discuss how they felt about slavery, slaveholders, coercion of slaves, their families, and freedom. Several individuals sing songs, many of which were learned during the time of their enslavement. It is important to note that all of the interviewees spoke sixty or more years after the end of their enslavement, and it is their full lives that are reflected in these recordings. The individuals documented in this presentation have much to say about living as African Americans from the 1870s to the 1930s, and beyond.

Young Adult Studies of African American History/Slavery

Young Adult Fiction on Themes of Slavery

Young Adult Studies of the Civil War and Reconstruction

Young Adult Fiction on Civil War Themes