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January, 2009

Slaves and the Courts, 1740-1860
Primary sources on the experiences of African and African-American slaves in the American colonies and United States.
Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12


http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/sthtml/sthome.html

CONTENT
This American Memory site from the Library of Congress offers more than 100 books and pamphlets on the experiences of African and African-American slaves in the American colonies and United States. The resources are drawn primarily from the Law Library and the Rare Book and Special Collections Division of the Library of Congress
SITE DESIGN
The design is simple and uncluttered. Visitors to the site can search by keyword, or browse the collection by subject index, author index, or title index.
 

REVIEW
Slaves and the Courts provides a collection of primary historical documents that relate to the experiences of African and African-American slaves1740-1860. The documents presented offer an assortment of trials and cases, reports, arguments, accounts, examinations of cases and decisions, proceedings, journals, a letter, and other works of historical importance. The items are available both as online images and as searchable text. Included are such notable titles as The Case of Dred Scott in the U.S. Supreme Court, The Trial of John Brown, and the Boston Slave Riot and the Trial of Anthony Burns. Additionally, links at the bottom of the main page lead visitors to Collection Connections, which offers a helpful How to View page, as well as lesson plans and related materials for classroom use.

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