Resource Bank Index
Historical Documents

The Arrival of Europeans in Africa
Portrait of a Negro
Portrait of the Moorish Woman Katharina
African Captives Yoked in Pairs
The Hope of Jamestown
Landing of Negroes at Jamestown from a Dutch Man-of-War, 1619
Colonial laws
The First Slave Auction at New Amsterdam in 1655
Court document regarding Anthony Johnson
Fort Mose
A Way to Get Wealth
The Selling of Joseph
William Byrd's diary
Portrait of Crispus Attucks in Boston Massacre
An Englishman Tastes the Sweat of an African
A View of Calabar
Venture Smith's narrative
Runaway notices
Report from William Bull re. Stono Rebellion
Report re. Stono Rebellion slave-catchers
A List of White Persons taken into Custody on Account of the 1741 Conspiracy
"Bars Fight"
Portrait of Lemuel Haynes
"Defense of Slavery in Virginia"
The Marriage of Washington to Martha Custis
"Of the Natural Rights of Colonists"
Broadside announcing the sale of slaves
"The Bloody Massacre..."
Absalom Jones's marriage to Mary
Runaway ad for Jem
Illustration for Phillis Wheatley, Poems on Various Subjects
"To the Right Honourable William, Earl of Dartmouth"
Felix's petition
Portrait of Phillis Wheatley
Benezet Instructing Colored Children
Illustration for Phillis Wheatley, Poems on Various Subjects
Letter to Reverend Samson Occum
Abigail Adams's letter to her husband
The Watchman's Alarm
Portrait of John Murray, Lord Dunmore
Proclamation of Earl of Dunmore
"A List of the Names of Provincials..."
Runaway ad for Titus
Rough draft of the Declaration Of Independence
George Washington crossing the Delaware River by Sully
George Washington crossing the Delaware River by Leutze
Petition 1/13/1777
Bill of Sale for drumheads, Prince Hall to Boston Regiment
Portrait of Elizabeth Freeman (Mum Bett)
Portrait of a black Revolutionary War sailor
American foot soldiers, Yorktown campaign
Battle of Cowpens
The Quock Walker case: "Instructions to the Jury"
Cato's letter and petition to the Pennsylvania Assembly
Living Africans Thrown Overboard
Jefferson's Notes on the State of Virginia
Boston King's memories of the evacuation from New York
British pass issued to black Loyalist
The Book of Negroes
Sedgewick and Hull letter to Rush
Portrait of Agrippa Hull
Portrait of Benjamin Rush
Pro-slavery petitions in Virginia
Portrait of Richard Allen
Washington's letter to Robert Morris
The Boston Plan
The Declaration of Independence
The Constitution
"Am I Not a Man and a Brother?"
The Constitutional Convention, 1787
The Accident in Lombard Street
Preamble of the Free African Society
Constitution and Minutes of the PAS
Alexander Falconbridge's account of the slave trade
A Tobacco Plantation
The Washington Family
"Address to the Public"
Plan of a ship for transporting slaves
Frontispiece of Equiano's autobiography
Equiano's autobiography
Declaration of the Rights of Man
Thomas Jefferson by Peale
Banneker's letter to Jefferson
Jefferson's reply to Banneker
A Memorial to the South Carolina Senate
The Slave Trade (Morland)
A Negro Hung Alive by the Ribs to a Gallows
Fugitive Slave Act of 1793
Extracts from journal of Elizabeth Drinker
Rush's letter to Julia Rush
A Short Account of the Malignant Fever...
Cotton gin petition
Goal, [Jail] in Walnut Street Philadelphia
A Narrative of the Proceedings of the Black People...
"A Discourse...African Church"
Eli Whitney's cotton gin
"The Causes and Motives for Establishing St. Thomas's African Church..."
Benjamin Banneker's Almanac
Petition of Prince Witten
Map of Philadelphia, c. 1796
Church on John's Island
Back of State House, Philadelphia
Petition of the "People of Colour...Philadelphia"
"Revenge Taken by the Black Army"
Toussaint L'Ouverture
A portrait of Sara Allen
Jefferson's letter to James Monroe
Rebel's statement from Gabriel's Conspiracy
Confession of Solomon
Tobias Lear to Madison
Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church
Jones's sermon on the abolition of the international slave trade
Portrait of Absalom Jones
Rush's letter to Samuel Bayard
Pepper-Pot: A Scene in the Philadelphia Market
Memoir of Captain Paul Cuffee, Liverpool Mercury
Black People's Prayer Meeting
Sheriff's sale
A portrait of James Forten
Meeting of Free People of Color of Richmond, Virginia
"The Author noting down the narratives..."
Forten letter to Cuffe
Portrait of Morris Brown
Camp's letter to Caldwell
Plan of Fort Gadsden
Portrait of Yarrow Mamout
Fourth of July Celebration in Centre Square
Religious Experience and Journal of Mrs. Jarena Lee
American Colonization Society: a Memorial to the United States Congress
Missouri Compromise
"Reflections, Occasioned by the late Disturbances in Charleston "
Denmark Vesey brought before the Court
Sentence of Gullah Jack
Confession of Monday Gell
"A Slave Is Tortured"
Fugitives Arriving at Indiana Farm
Specimen of Modern Printing Types, No. 844
Levi Coffin's Underground Railroad station
"Is Miss Dinah at Home? "
"Grand Celebration Ob De Bobalition Ob African Slabery"
"Black Charge"
Jim Crow
"On the Management of the Butler Estate"
Richard Allen in Walker's Appeal
The Goree Warehouses, Liverpool
David Walker's Appeal
"Address to the Free People of Colour of these United States"
William McLean, "Offended Dignity"
Andrew Jackson's Second Annual Message
Excerpt from Gifts of Power, Rebecca Cox Jackson
The Richmond Enquirer on Nat Turner's Rebellion
"The Confessions of Nat Turner"
Nat Turner preaches religion
Discovery of Nat Turner
"Fear of Insurrection"
The Liberator: "To the Public"
Editorial Regarding "Walker's Appeal"
Appendix to Memorial to Pennsylvania Legislature
The Life, Experience, and Gospel Labors of the Rt. Rev. Richard Allen...
Francis Anne Kemble as Bianca
"Kidnapping a free Negro to be sold into slavery"
Runaway notice for Harriet Jacobs
Abolitionist Samuel J. May confronts a northern merchant
Beneficial and Charitable Societies
Beneficial Societies
Charles Ball's narrative: Fifty Years in Chains
Cherokee letter protesting the Treaty of New Etocha
Letter describing new cotton lands
Letter to William Basset
Male and Female Literary Societies
The Trail of Tears
Angelina Grimké Weld's speech at Pennsylvania Hall
Slave with Iron Muzzle
Butler plantation slave
Slave quarters on St. Georges Island
A Northern Freeman Enslaved by Northern Hands
The Slave Trade (Biard)
Interior of a Slave Ship
Garnet's "Call to Rebellion"
Portrait of Henry Highland Garnet
Portrait of Jarena Lee
Antislavery convention
Daguerreotype of Pierce Butler
"Family Group ('The Hidden Witness')"
Letters to R. C. Ballard regarding slave woman abuse
List & Inventory of Negroes on Plantation...
Flogging a Slave Fastened to the Ground
The Slave Chain
Insurrection on Board a Slave Ship
"Executive Committee of Pennsylvania Anti-Slavery Society"
An American Slave Market
"The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro"
Meeting in the African Church, Cincinnati, Ohio
Letter to Garrison from Harriet Beecher Stowe
The case of Mrs. Margaret Douglass
Portrait of William Lloyd Garrison
Anthony Burns notice
Rendition of Anthony Burns
Anthony Burns speaks
Letter from Anthony Burns to the Baptist Church
Pierce Butler's Philadelphia mansion
"Free State Battery, 1856"
Letter from Edward Bridgman
Portrait of John Brown
Portrait of Dred Scott
Dred Scott case: the Supreme Court decision
Lincoln's "House Divided" speech
James Henry Hammond advocates slavery
Harvesting the Rice
"Harpers Ferry" headline
John Brown Holds Hostage at Bay with Rifle
Ride for Liberty -- Fugitive Slaves
"What Became of the Slaves on a Georgia Plantation"
Last words from John A. Copeland to family
John Brown's address to the court
The Slave Deck of the Bark "Wildfire"
"Expulsion of Negroes and Abolitionists from Tremont Temple"
Incident in Troy, New York
The Hunted Slaves
"War Begun" headline
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
Slaves, Plantation of James Joyner Smith, Beaufort, South Carolina, 1862
Emancipation Proclamation
Journal of a Residence on a Georgian Plantation
Company E, 4th United States Colored Infantry
Retaliation in camp
Portrait of Frederick Douglass
Letter from Harriet Jacobs to Ednah Dow Cheney
A Visit from the Old Mistress
The Cotton Press
Slave Caravans on the Road
Slave Offered in the Market
Slaves Left to Die
Portrait of Harriet Tubman
Ready for Harvest
Diary of a Refugee
"Diseases and Peculiarities of the Negro Race"
Letter from Henry Tayloe on the domestic slave trade
E. S. Abdy description of a Washington, D.C., slave pen
H. E. Hayward and slave nurse Louisa
George Fitzhugh advocates slavery
A slave experience of being sold south

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