Slavery and the Making of America
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Looking for texts and images from the Antebellum, Civil War, and Reconstruction periods? Want to explore other aspects of slavery and slave life? Check out these great websites!
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Africa and Slavery - African History on the Internet

This annotated guide to Internet resources on slavery and the African Diaspora is part of Stanford University Libraries' "Africa South of the Sahara" Internet resource guide.

The African American: A Journey from Slavery to Freedom
This site presents brief essays on aspects of slave life, significant historical events related to slavery, and important figures in the history of African Americans during the Antebellum and Civil War periods. It includes a valuable list of Internet resources and suggestions for further reading.

The African-American Mosaic
This resource guide leads to documents in the Library of Congress collection that are relevant to black history and culture. Topics include colonization, abolition, migration, and the WPA interviews with former slaves.

African-American Odyssey: A Quest for Citizenship
This Online exhibit showcases the incomparable African-American holdings at the Library of Congress. It includes links to Library of Congress collections including the Frederick Douglass Papers, "From Slavery to Freedom: The African-American Pamphlet Collection, 1824-1909," and "Slaves and the Courts, 1740-1860."

African American Women On-Line Archival Collections

This site offers primary documents related to African-American women from the Duke University Special Collections. It includes rare examples of letters written by female slaves to both their relatives and their white mistresses.

African American World
This site focuses on investigating the cultural contributions African Americans have made throughout history. The site presents comprehensive information on the history of black America, African-American art, and profiles of prominent intellectuals, social critics, and civil rights leaders important in African-American history. Other noteworthy components of the site include resources for children, a look at ongoing issues, and a detailed timeline.

Africans in America
This companion site to the PBS television series "Africans in America" examines the history of slavery in America in four chronological parts. It offers historical narratives, a resource bank of images and documents, and a teacher's guide to using the site and series in the classroom.

The Atlantic Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Americas: A Visual Record
This site provides a collection of images related to American slave trade and slave societies. The images were compiled from a variety of sources and are comprised primarily of visual documents dating to the period of slavery. The exhibit is sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and by the Digital Media Lab at the University of Virginia.

Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture
This site presents the Avery Center's archival and museum collections of primary documents relating to the history and culture of African Americans in Charleston and South Carolina. The site also offers a schedule of center programs, including conferences, lectures, and exhibits

Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938
This site contains transcripts from more than 2,000 first-person accounts of slavery collected in the 1930s under the sponsorship of the Works Progress Administration (WPA). It also includes 500 photographs of former slaves.

The Church in the Southern Black Community, 1780-1925

These digitized texts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill libraries were compiled by the Library of Congress, and they reveal the development of Protestant Christianity within the African American community in the American South.

Digital History: African American Voices

This site offers links to primary documents related to slavery in America and essays on various aspects of the slave experience, including the middle passage, family life, economics, and abolition.

Documenting the American South: The Southern Experience in 19th-Century America
This site provides access to digitized texts, images, and audio files related to Southern history from the colonial period to the early 20th century. The collection of books, diaries, and letters offers a rich selection of sources on slavery and the African American experience. The site is sponsored by the University Library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Freedmen's Bureau Online
This site, which is searchable by type of document or by state, contains records on crimes, marriages, and labor from the Reconstruction period. It also offers links to related sites and an online bookstore specializing in relevant texts.

Freedom's Journal

This digitized collection of the first newspaper owned and produced by African Americans (1827-1829) is made available from the Wisconsin Historical Society. The site contains links to other 19th century African American newspapers, to David Walker's APPEAL TO THE COLOURED CITIZENS OF THE WORLD, and to SOLDIERS WITHOUT SWORDS, a PBS/WETA documentary on the history of African-American journalism.

The Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition
This site provides access to resources from the Yale Center for International and Area Studies, a division dedicated to the examination of the Atlantic slave system and its destruction. The site addresses academic studies of the role of slavery, slave resistance, and abolition, and it links to information regarding curriculum, bibliographies, and calendar of events.

Children's Books for Parents and Teachers
Find out about more great books for children and students on Africans in America.

Making of America (MOA)
Cornell University Library's contributions
University of Michigan's contributions
These digitized collections offer primary and secondary sources dealing with the social history of America from the Antebellum period through reconstruction.

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
This site is noteworthy because of its comprehensive encyclopedia of people and places associated with the Underground Railroad. It also contains links to related sites useful for students and educators.

Reconstruction: The Second Civil War
This site serves as a companion to THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE series on the reconstruction period in America. The site's features include a map detailing post-war developments in diverse regions of the country, an examination of African American participation in government, and a virtual road-trip with the films' production team.

The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow
This companion site to WNET/Channel Thirteen's television series examines the institutionalization of segregation following emancipation. It includes essays on the history of "Jim Crow" laws, related stories, interactive maps, activities, teacher resources, and more.

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
This site allows users to search the New York Public Library's invaluable holdings of books, art objects, and videos related to the African Diaspora and African American culture and history. Of special interest are links to Digital Schomburg: Images of African Americans from the 19th Century, and "Lest we forget: The Triumph over Slavery," an online version of the UNESCO traveling exhibition.

Slavery in America
This site for educators, on "Slavery and the Making of America," was created by series underwriters, New York Life. It includes an image gallery, lesson plans, an encyclopedia of topics relevant to slavery, and an interactive exhibition called "Roads to Freedom," which examines the ways slaves faced the challenges of escape.

Third Person, First Person
This online exhibit reveals rare documents that recount the experience of slavery in America during the late 18th and 19th centuries from the point of view of the enslaved. The project belongs to the Duke University Special Collections Library.

The Time of the Lincolns
Companion to film series ABRAHAM AND MARY LINCOLN: A HOUSE DIVIDED, this site includes a section entitled "Slavery & Freedom" which deals with four specific aspects of the history of slavery in the 19th century: abolition, the Underground Railroad, slavery in the North, and slavery in the South. The site includes links to primary documents, a virtual tour of a slave cabin, maps, and teacher resources.

Toward Racial Equality: HARPER'S WEEKLY Reports on Black America, 1857-1874
This site reveals a leading newspaper's treatment of African Americans and the issues that affected them in Antebellum society and the Reconstruction period. The site includes digitized editorials, news stories, news briefs, cartoons, illustrations, advertisements, and other texts as well as an interactive game about Reconstruction for classroom use.

Virginia Runaways
Part of the Virtual Jamestown project, this site provides a collection of ads placed by slaveholders searching for fugitive slaves. The site is searchable by gender, age, skill, and other variables and is a project of the University of Virginia's Virginia Center for Digital History.

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