Slavery, Abolition and Social Justice

An essential resource for the study of slavery, the African American experience and world history spanning over five centuries.

Designed for teaching and research, this resource brings together documents and collections from libraries and archives across the Atlantic world, covering an extensive time period from 1490. Topics covered include the varieties of slavery, the legacy of slavery, the social justice perspective and the continued existence of slavery today.

The rise and decline of transatlantic slavery – and its relationship to the growth of national states and to imperialism – have been critical in defining the modern world. This resource will do much to raise international awareness and understanding of the human costs of one of the most powerful forces to have shaped it.
Professor David Richardson, University of Hull

The resource offers in-depth case studies in America, the Caribbean, Brazil and Cuba along with important material examining European, Islamic and African involvement in the slave trade.

This resource is an asset to faculty who teach world history, U.S. history, British history, and Latin American history. Furthermore, the collection will also prove useful to those researching the African Diaspora in the greater Atlantic world.
Professor Rachel O’Toole, Department of History, UC Irvine

Key Data

Period Covered

  • 1490 - 2007


  • African forts and the Gold Coast
  • Brazil
  • Education and Social Justice
  • The Day Law in Kentucky
  • Family Papers, Correspondence, Bills and Plantation Journals from the Louisianna State University
  • Local court records relating to slavery for both Georgia and North Carolina
  • Resistance and Revolts
  • Cases of enslaved people decided in the Supreme Courts of Georgia and North Carolina
  • Testimony of enslaved people
  • Slavery in the Early Americas
  • Songs that recall the Transatlantic Slave Experience
  • Urban Slavery in New York and Philadelphia
  • The Underground Railroad in Pennsylvania
  • Zanzibar and the Indian Ocean Slave Trade

Source Archives

  • Anti-Slavery International
  • Berea College
  • British Library
  • Buxton National Historic Site, Ontario
  • Duke University
  • Free the Slaves
  • Georgia Archives
  • Historical Society of Pennsylvania
  • Institute of Commonwealth Studies
  • Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa
  • Louisiana State University
  • Mariners Museum, Virginia
  • Merseyside Maritime Museum
  • North Carolina State Archives
  • Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, NYPL
  • The National Archives, Kew
  • University of New Orleans
  • Wilberforce House, Hull

Material Types

  • Original manuscripts
  • Pamphlets
  • Books
  • Paintings
  • Maps
  • Images

Editorial Board

  • Rosanne Adderley, Tulane University
  • Yacine Daddi Addoun, York University
  • Emmanuel Akyeampong, Harvard University
  • Lee Arnold, Historical Society of Pennsylvania
  • Kevin Bales, Free the Slaves
  • Joyce Broussard, California State University, Northridge
  • Thomas Buchanan, University of Adelaide
  • Jacqueline Burnside, Berea College
  • Alex Byrd, Rice University
  • Rina Cáceres, University of Costa Rica
  • Mariza de Carvalho Soares, Univ. Federal Fluminense
  • JosĂ© Curto, York University
  • Patience Essah, Auburn University
  • Sylvia Frey, Tulane University
  • Alan Gallay, Ohio State University
  • Guy Grannum, The National Archives
  • Ariela Gross, University of Southern California
  • Rick Halpern, University of Toronto
  • Leslie Harris, Emory University
  • Joseph Inikori, University of Rochester
  • David Konig, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Paul Lovejoy, York University
  • Mary Ann Mahony, Central Connecticut State University
  • Susan O’Donovan, Harvard University
  • Olatunji Ojo, Brock University
  • Naana Opoku-Agyemang, Cape Coast University, Ghana
  • Dr Helen Paul, University of Southampton
  • Yolanda Pierce, Princeton Theological Seminary
  • Bryan Prince, Buxton National Historic Site
  • David Richardson, University of Hull
  • Richard Sears , Berea College
  • Verene Shepherd, University of the West Indies
  • Marika Sherwood, University of London
  • Brenda Square, Amistad Research Center


  • Slavery in the Early Americas
  • African Coast
  • The Middle Passage
  • Slavery and Agriculture
  • Urban and Domestic Slavery
  • Resistance and Revolts
  • Underground Railroad
  • The Abolition movement and the Slavery Debate
  • Legislation: Enactment and Enforcement
  • Freed Slaves, Freedmen and Free Black Settlements
  • Education
  • Slavery and the Islamic World
  • Varieties of Slave Experience
  • The Legacy of Slavery and Slavery Today

Key Features

  • High quality images of many thousands of original manuscripts, pamphlets, books, paintings, maps and images not available elsewhere. Much of the illustrative content is provided in full colour
  • A powerful portal with links to other significant online sources approved by leading scholars. These international sites are a very important aspect of this resource
  • A series of contextual essays by leading authorities from around the world. Each essay has links directly to the primary sources it discusses
  • Thematic and Court Record tutorials enabling students and teachers multiple pathways into the primary sources


Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers.

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