Featured Topics

Featured Topics

The following online features are designed to introduce teachers and students to specific topics and documentary materials related to slavery and abolition.

A Canterbury Tale: A Resource Package for Connecticut’s Prudence Crandall Affair

  • Prudence Crandall caused a scandal in 1833 when she admitted an African American student to her all girls school in Connecticut

Harriet Jacobs: Selected Writings and Correspondence

  • Harriet Jacobs, best known as the fugitive slave author of the American slave narrative Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Written by Herself, was also actively involved in reform movements before, during, and after the Civil War. 

The Gullah: Rice, Slavery, and the Sierra Leone-American Connection

  • The Gullah live in small farming and fishing communities along the Atlantic coastal plain and on the chain of Sea Islands of South Carolina and Georgia. Because of their geographical isolation and strong community life, the Gullah have been able to preserve more of their African cultural heritage than any other group of Black Americans. 

Bunce Island

  • Bunce Island was the largest British slave castle on the Rice Coast of West Africa. Founded around 1670, it exported tens of thousands of African captives to North America and the West Indies until the British Parliament finally closed it down in 1808.

Priscilla’s Homecoming

  • An African American woman from Charleston, South Carolina, made a historic homecoming visit to the West African nation of Sierra Leone.

Heroic Exile: The Transatlantic Development of Frederick Douglass 1845-1847

  • a groundbreaking dissertation on Frederick Douglass

The Amistad Page

  • In 1839 a group of slaves revolted, took over their ship, and sued for their freedom. 

Tangled Roots

  • Tangled Roots is a research project about the shared history of African Americans and Irish Americans.

Lincoln and the Meaning of Emancipation

The Middle Passage: A Shared History of the Transatlantic Slave Trade

African Americans in Connecticut 1700-1850

Jim Crow and the Fight for American Citizenship

Slavery and Freedom in American History and Memory