Slavery and Abolition

Featured Sites

  • “American Slave Narratives: An Online Anthology.” A very rich resource from University of Virginia. Includes not only many of the best known slave narratives but excerpts from Works Progress Administration slave oral histories, including some sound recordings of ex-slaves telling their stories.
  • “Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-38.” Extraordinary site from the American Memory Project, based on the famous taped interviews with former slaves.
  • “From Slavery to Freedom: The African-American Pamphlet Collection, 1824-1909.” Rich collection of pamphlets from the Library of Congress American Memory Project. The 397 titles include first-person accounts of slavery, tracts from anti-slavery organizations, legislative and presidential campaign materials, investigative reports, sermons, commencement addresses, organizational proceedings, and previously published materials from newspapers and magazines. Among the noted authors represented are Frederick Douglass, Lydia Maria Child, Alexander Crummell, Kelly Miller, Charles Sumner, Mary Church Terrell, and Booker T. Washington.

Some Key Sites