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American Slavery
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Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided
The Battle for Abolition [Text-based]

Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided
The Underground Railroad [Other]

Slaves who fled risked the hardships of fugitive life, the danger of capture, and even the threat of death. Text with map, images and video clip.

Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided
In the North [Text-based]

Meet a political activist, a captured fugitive, and an organizer who helped hundreds of African Americans escape slavery. Text with video clip available.

Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided
The Southern States [Other]

Visit slave quarters in South Carolina and find out what a typical living space was like for rural Southern slaves before the Civil War. Text with QTVR, gallery and video clip.

Primary source

Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided
A Greater Sin [Text-based]

Ex-slave J.W. Loguen writes to his former master Mrs. Sarah Logue.

Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided
The Golden Rule [Text-based]

Excerpt from Angelina Grimk, Appeal to the Christian Women of the South.

Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided
The Horrible Inconsistencies of Slavery in a Christian Nation [Text-based]

Excerpt from Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass.

Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided
The Church and Slavery [Text-based]

Excerpt from Harriet Jacobs' Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.

Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided
Regarding John Brown [Text-based]

Correspondence between abolitionist Lydia Maria Child and the Governor of Virginia.

Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided
The Christian Constable [Text-based]

Excerpt from Harriet Jacobs' Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.

Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided
The Political Economy of Slavery [Text-based]

Edmund Ruffin makes a pro-slavery argument.

Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided
He is Not Hers [Text-based]

Read Frances Harper's poem on the anguish of a slave mother.

Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided
The Miseries We Tasted [Text-based]

Maria Stewart's poem, "The Negro's Complaint," questions slaveholders' humanity.

Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided
Results of the Fugitive Slave Act [Text-based]

Harriet Jacobs describes how this legislation tears families apart.

Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided
I Am a True Born American [Text-based]

Excerpt from a lecture delivered by Maria Stewart at the Franklin Hall, Boston, September 21, 1832.

Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided
Comparing Factory Workers and Slaves [Text-based]

Read an excerpt from William Grayson's poem, "The Hireling and the Slave".

Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided
A Defender of Slavery [Text-based]

George Fitzhugh's 1857 Cannibals All! or, Slaves Without Masters, makes a racist argument.

Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided
A Woman' World: Women Writers and Literary Activism [Text-based]

Sample the writings of Margaret Fuller, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Lydia Maria Child.

Timeline

Stephen Foster
Timeline [Text-based]

Bibliography

Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided
Further Reading [Text-based]

Stephen Foster
Further Reading [Text-based]

Teacher's guide

Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Travel back to the Lincolns' time and explore women's rights, slavery and abolition, antebellum politics, the growth of the industrial economy, and the Civil War.