Online Resources: Slavery and Freedom in New England

Amistad Page (Gilder Lehrman Center)

The Amistad Page includes many links to documentary resources and curriculum materials on the Amistad affair.

Beinecke Digital Library

The Beinecke Digital Library at Yale University has a wealth of materials online related to slavery in New England. See, especially the Amos Beman Collection. To access materials from the library search for “Amos Beman”, “slavery”, or related keywords.

Beyond Complicity: A Special Issue of Northeast Magazine (Hartford Courant)

Beyond Complicity is the second of the acclaimed Complicity series on Slavery in Connecticut published by the Hartford Courant.

A Canterbury Tale: A Document Package for Connecticut’s Prudence Crandall Affair (Gilder Lehrman Center)

This project of the Gilder Lehrman Center includes dozens of primary documents related to the Prudence Crandall case in Canterbury, Connecticut.

A Forgotten History: The Slave Trade and Slavery in New England (Choices Program, Brown University)

A Forgotten History: The Slave Trade and Slavery in New England explores the nature of the triangular trade and the extent of slavery in New England.

Log Book of Slave Traders between New London and Africa, 1757-8 (Connecticut State Library)

A small collection of digital images from the manuscript logbook of Samuel Gould, a Connecticut native who was a first mate aboard three slave ships in 1757-58.

North American Slave Narratives (Documenting the American South)

The North American Slave Narratives collection contains a number of narratives concerning Connecticut slaves or runaway slaves who had fled to Connecticut. See, in particular, Autobiography of James L. Smith, Including, Also, Reminiscences of Slave Life, Recollections of the War, Education of Freedmen, Causes of the Exodus, etc.; Life of James Mars, A Slave Born and Sold in Connecticut; Life of William Grimes, the Runaway Slave. Written by Himself.; Sketches of the Life of Joseph Mountain, a Negro, Who Was Executed at New-Haven, on the 20th Day of October, 1790; and A Narrative of the Life and Adventures of Venture, a Native of Africa: But Resident above Sixty Years in the United States of America. Related by Himself.

Slavery in Boston (Boston African American National Historic Site)

An online resource of the Boston African American National Historic Site and African Meeting House in Boston, Massachusetts.

The Unrighteous Traffick: Rhode Island’s Slave History (The Providence Journal)

Online supplement to the series that ran in the Providence Journal during March, 2006.

A Visual Remembrance: African Slave Markers in Colonial Newport (Keith W. Stokes & Theresa Guzman Stokes)

The site contains photographs and information about Newport, Rhode Island’s African burial ground, as well as material about the lives of enslaved and free blacks in colonial Rhode Island.

WGBH Forum Network - African American Series

WGBH Forum Network features archived webcasts of free public lectures. Their African American Series includes a wealth of lectures, in audio and video formats, on slavery and abolition in New England.