Slavery Trial Databases

From the British Museum - Slaves working in sugar cane

Slavery, the Slave Trade, and Law and Order in 19th Century

This module documents the international and domestic traffic in slaves in Britain’s New World colonies and the United States, including letters received by the Attorney General that cover the slave trade, runaway slaves, Reconstruction Acts, land claims, military affairs, piracy, and mail theft (ProQuest). To gain access, please go here:

Slavery in Antebellum Southern Industries

This module focuses on the industrial uses of slave labor and includes company records; business and personal correspondence; documents pertaining to the purchase, hire, medical care, and provisioning of slave laborers; descriptions of production processes; and journals recounting costs and income (ProQuest). To gain access, please go here:

All trials expire on Dec. 15, 2021.

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