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United States History : Slavery

Secondary and primary sources related to American history.


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Any of these subjects can be combined in a CBBcat Advanced Search with Subject: diaries OR correspondence OR narratives OR sources OR speeches OR interviews to locate primary sources in published form.

The same subject headings work in WorldCat and HathiTrust, which will expand your search beyond CBB.

Primary sources on slavery, general

Slave narratives and testimony

Runaway slave advertisements

Emancipation sources

Abolitionism sources

Legal aspects


See the guide "United States History: Primary Sources" for broader list of primary sources for U.S. history.