Friday, February 12, 2010

Digital Library on American Slavery

One of the results of slavery in the United States is that many African Americans remain nameless in the historical record. The 1850 and 1860 United States Population Slave Censuses, for example, recorded the age, gender, color, and owner's name for approximately 7.2 million slaves, but failed to record the names of individual slaves. The Digital Library on American Slavery attempts to rectify the situation.

This rich resource offers a searchable database of detailed personal information on over 150,000 slaves, slaveholders, and free people of color. Designed as a tool for scholars, historians, teachers, students, genealogists, and other interested citizens, the site provides access to information gathered and analyzed over an eighteen-year period from petitions to southern legislatures and country courts filed between 1775 and 1867 in the fifteen slaveholding states in the United States and the District of Columbia. You can search the database by keyword (try "fauquier") or name, or browse by subject.

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