Educational Resources

Accessible Archives

Accessible Archives is a subscription "full text database of primary source material" of 19th-century African American newspapers.

Africans in America

A companion to Africans in America, a six-hour public television series, the Africans in America web site chronicles the history of racial slavery in the United States from the start of the Atlantic slave trade in the 16th century to the end of the American Civil War in 1865. It explores the central paradox that is at the heart of the American story: a democracy that declared all men equal but enslaved and oppressed one people to provide independence and prosperity to another. Africans in America examines the economic and intellectual foundations of slavery in America and reveals how the presence of African people and their struggle for freedom transformed America.

Documenting the American South

Documenting the American South (DocSouth) is a digital publishing initiative that provides Internet access to texts, images, and audio files related to southern history, literature and culture. Currently, DocSouth includes ten thematic collections of books, diaries, posters, artifacts, letters, oral history interviews and songs, taken primarily from the holdings of the University Library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The Geography of Slavery in Virginia

The Geography of Slavery in Virginia is a digital collection of advertisements for runaway and captured slaves and servants in 18th- and 19th-century Virginia newspapers. Building on the rich descriptions of individual slaves and servants in the ads, the project offers a personal, geographical and documentary context for the study of slavery in Virginia, from colonial times to the Civil War.

Updated 07/18/2014