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Slavery in America

Posted by Library Blog on 11/04/2016 at 04:11 PM
  • In 1619, slavery in what became the United States began with the arrival of captive Africans at the British colony of Jamestown, Virginia, on the Dutch ship White Lion. The Dutch traded these captives to the colonists for food and supplies as “indentured servants.”
  • In 1641, the Massachusetts became the first colony to establish a code that legalized slavery.

The consequences of these actions and others that followed continue to have an impact on every person living in this country today.

Recognizing the popular and scholarly interest in the topic of the consequences of slavery, HeinOnline has provided a new library, Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture & Law. This library brings together a wealth of often difficult to obtain materials related to slavery including:

  • Colonial, state, & federal statutes
  • State and federal cases
  • Pamphlets and books
  • Journal essays and articles
  • Congressional debates

Emancipation ProclamationThe material is a mix of primary documents and commentary, contemporaneous and modern items. In this collection, you can read more about those first 20 Africans, even learn some of their names. You can learn about Famous Race Trials from the 1741 “Negro Plot” Trials in New York City to the George Zimmerman (“Trayvon Martin”) Trial in 2013. The Introduction to the collection, summarizing both the history of slavery and the history of scholarship about slavery is interesting standing by itself.

When using the collection, you can select the “All Titles” tab and use the Slavery Quick Finder search tool to narrow your results by any combination of Position, Document Type, Jurisdiction, or Topic.

If you have any questions about this resource or need assistance researching this topic, please feel free to contact the reference librarians at lawlibraryhelp@rwu.edu.