Third Party Online Teaching Resources

The African-American Mosaic Exhibition (Library of Congress)

This online exhibit marks the publication of The African-American Mosaic: A Library of Congress Resource Guide for the Study of Black History and Culture. It is a sampler of the kinds of materials and themes covered by that publication and the Library’s collections. The exhibit covers four areas —Colonization, Abolition, Migrations, and the WPA— of the many covered by the Mosaic.

The African American Odyssey: A Quest for Full Citizenship

This project of the American Memory showcases more than 240 items, including books, government documents, manuscripts, maps, musical scores, plays, films, and recordings from the African American collections of the Library of Congress.

African-American Pamphlets Collection (Library of Congress)

The African-American Pamphlets from the Daniel A. P. Murray Collection, 1880 - 1920, contains 351 rare pamphlets offering insight into attitudes and ideas of African-Americans between Reconstruction and the First World War. The website also includes a timeline, bibliography and The Progress of a People, a special presentation of the African-American Pamphlet Collections.

Africans in America

Based on the PBS series, this website documents America’s journey through slavery in four parts. For each era, you’ll find a historical Narrative, a Resource Bank of images, documents, stories, biographies, and commentaries, and a Teacher’s Guide for using the content of the Web site and television series in U.S. history courses.

Afro-Louisiana History and Genealogy

A database on the approximately 100,000 slaves who were brought to Louisiana in the 18th and 19th centuries, including African slave names, genders, ages, occupations, illnesses, family relationships, ethnicity, places of origin, prices paid by slave owners, and slave testimonials and emancipations. Created by Dr. Gwendolyn Hall, a professor emerita of history at Rutgers University.

After Slavery: Race, Labor and Politics in the Post-Emancipation Carolinas

The After Slavery Project is an international research collaboration directed from Queen’s University Belfast, generously funded by the (UK) Arts and Humanities Research Council and benefiting from key institutional support from the Institute for Southern Studies at the University of South Carolina and the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University.

American Abolitionism

Developed by faculty members and graduate students at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis, this project offers a number of resources for those interested in studying the American Abolitionist Movement.

The Amistad Page

The Gilder Lehrman Center’s guide to online resources concerning the Amistad case.

The Anti-Slavery Movement in Canada

In 2001, at the invitation of the J’Nikira Dinqinesh Education Centre, the National Archives of Canada and the National Library of Canada, now Library and Archives Canada, commemorated the 150th anniversary of the establishment of the Anti-Slavery Society of Canada in 1851 with this exhibition based on the collections of the two institutions.

Antropologia de la esclavitud: Los negroafricanos y sus descendientes en España (1492-1866)

A website on the history of Black African Slavery in Spain, in English and Spanish, created by the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Granada.

The Atlantic Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Americas: A Visual Record

The hundreds of images in this collection have been selected from a wide range of sources, most of them dating from the period of slavery. This collection is envisioned as a tool and a resource that can be used by teachers, researchers, students, and the general public. A project of The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and The Digital Media Lab at the University of Virginia Library

“Been Here So Long”: Selections from the WPA American Slave Narratives

New Deal Network feature, including seventeen selected interviews, classroom activities, online resources, and an introductory essay which considers the ex-slave interviews of the Federal Writers’ Project and the construction of folk identity in Depression-era America.

The Bibliography of Slavery and World Slaving

A joint project of the University of Virginia and the Gilder Lehrman Center, the Bibliography of Slavery is a searchable database containing references to approximately 25,000 scholarly works in all academic disciplines and in all western European languages on slavery and slaving, worldwide and throughout human history, including modern times.

Black Abolitionist Archive (University of Detroit Mercy)

From the 1820s to the Civil War, African Americans assumed prominent roles in the transatlantic struggle to abolish slavery. In contrast to the popular belief that the abolitionist crusade was driven by wealthy whites, some 300 black abolitionists were regularly involved in the antislavery movement, heightening its credibility and broadening its agenda. The Black Abolitionist Digital Archive is a collection of over 800 speeches by antebellum blacks and approximately 1,000 editorials from the period.

Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers’ Project

Born in Slavery contains more than 2,300 first-person accounts of slavery and 500 black-and-white photographs of former slaves. These narratives were collected in the 1930s as part of the Federal Writers’ Project of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and assembled and microfilmed in 1941 as the seventeen-volume Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves.

The Civil War in America from The Illustrated London News

A digital archive of the Illustrated London News during the Civil War years, created by the Beck Center at Emory University, in collaboration with Sandra J. Still and Emily E. Katt.

Citizens All: African Americans in Connecticut, 1700-1850

Follow the African American journey to citizenship and uncover paths that lead to current global issues and hometown stories of yesteryear. Visit the Citizens All website.

The Civil War Sesquicentennial Exhibit at the National Archives

On April 30 “Discovering the Civil War,” a major new exhibit marking the 150th anniversary of the Civil War opened at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

Connecticut & the Civil War: A Sesquicentennial Commemoration

A full list of statewide events and a master calendar of the CT Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission is available at this Central Connecticut State University website.

Connecticut Freedom Trail

The Connecticut Freedom Trail documents and designates sites that embody the struggle toward freedom and human dignity, celebrate the accomplishments of the state’s African American community and promote heritage tourism.

Documenting the American South

A collection of sources on Southern history, literature and culture from the colonial period through the first decades of the 20th century. It is sponsored by the Academic Affairs Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the texts come primarily from its Southern holdings.

Ecclesiastical and Secular Sources for Slave Societies

The ESSSS project is dedicated to preserving endangered archival materials through conservation and digitalization. ESSSS has projects in Colombia, Cuba and Brazil. The project is directed by Jane Landers and is administered at Vanderbilt University

The Frederick Douglass Papers at the Library of Congress

The Frederick Douglass Papers at the Library of Congress presents the papers of the nineteenth-century African-American abolitionist who escaped from slavery and then risked his own freedom by becoming an outspoken antislavery lecturer, writer, and publisher.

Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History promotes the study and the love of American history through the creation and support of seminars and enrichment for teachers; publications and traveling exhibitions for the general public and for schools; lectures by historians; electronic media projects for scholars and the public; history-centered high schools and Saturday academies for New York City students; research centers at universities and other institutions; and fellowships for scholars to work in the Gilder Lehrman Collection and other archives of American History.

International Centre for the History of Slavery

The International Centre for the History of Slavery (ICHOS), established in 1998 by the University of Nottingham Department of Classics, aims to provide a framework to support the study of slavery and similar institutions in a range of societies including Greek and Roman Antiquity and the Early Modern and Modern New World.

Mémoire St Barth

Resources dedicated to the history of Saint-Barthelemy: the slave trade, slavery and its abolition, and slavery’s impact on this island of the Lesser Antilles. Created by the Comité de Liaison et d’Application des Sources Historique.

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center educates the public about the historic struggle to abolish human enslavement and secure freedom for all people. The Freedom Center teaches lessons of courage and cooperation from Underground Railroad history to promote collaborative learning, dialogue, and action in order to inspire today’s freedom movements.

National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program

The National Park Service is implementing a national Underground Railroad program to coordinate preservation and education efforts nationwide and integrate local historical places, museums, and interpretive programs associated with the Underground Railroad into a mosaic of community, regional, and national stories. The Network will also serve to facilitate communication and networking between researchers and interested parties, and aid in the development of statewide organizations for preserving and researching Underground Railroad sites.

Nettleton Civil War Letters at the Electronic Text Center

The correspondence between Charles N. Tenney, a Union soldier from Ohio, and Adelaide E. Case, a friend from the small town of Mecca, Ohio hosted by the University of Virginia.

New York and Slavery: Complicity and Resistance

A document-based curriculum guide prepared for the “Gateway to the City” Teaching American History Grant Project.

Programs in International Educational Resources (PIER) of the MacMillan Center

PIER draws upon Yale University’s extensive resources to develop and implement programs, services, and resources designed to advance understanding of international and world regional issues through outreach to education, business, media, and the public.

Remembering Slavery

Web Site for the book and audiocassette Remembering Slavery: African Americans Talk about Their Personal Experiences of Slavery and Emancipation, by Ira Berlin, Marc Favreau, and Steven Miller. The site, created by the Smithsonian Institution, has curriculum materials and a fine selection of audio files.

Samuel J. May Anti-Slavery Collection

The Cornell University Library owns one of the richest collections of anti-slavery and Civil War materials in the world, thanks in large part to Cornell’s first President, Andrew Dickson White, who developed an early interest in both fostering, and documenting the abolitionist movement and the Civil War.

“The Slave Route” Project

At the proposal of Haiti and some African countries, the General Conference of UNESCO approved at its 27th Session in 1993 the implementation of the “The Slave Route” Project (Resolution 27 C/3.13). The project was officially launched during the First Session of the International Scientific Committee of the Slave Route in September 1994 in Ouidah (Benin), one of the former pivots of the Slave trade in the Gulf of Guinea. The official documents of Ouidah were brought out in book form by UNESCO Publishing in 1998 under the title “From Chains to Bonds: the Slave Trade Revisited”.

Slavery & Abolition

Slavery & Abolition, edited by Gad Heuman, is the only journal devoted in its entirety to a discussion of the demographic, socio-economic, historical and psychological aspects of human bondage from the ancient period to the present. It is also concerned with the dismantling of the slave systems and with the legacy of slavery. Details about the journal may be found at

Slavery and Freedom in American History and Memory: Online Resources

In 2005 ACES, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University and funded through a federal Teaching American History grant, embarked on a three-year professional development program for selected ACES middle and high school teachers on the subject of “Slavery and Freedom in American History and Memory.”

Slavery and Slavery-Like Practices, Human Rights Library, University of Minnesota

This section of the Human Rights Library at the University of Minnesota contains international documents on the subject of slavery and the slave trade.

The Study of the Legacy of Slavery in Maryland

The Study of the Legacy of Slavery in Maryland Program seeks to preserve and promote the vast universe of experiences that have shaped the lives of Maryland’s African American population.

Underground Railroad: Special Resource Study

This National Park Service study includes a general overview of the Underground Railroad, with a brief discussion of slavery and abolitionism, escape routes used by slaves, and alternatives for commemoration and interpretation of the significance of the phenomenon.

United States Colored Troops Institute

The United States Colored Troops Institute for Local History and Family Research at Hartwick College is an educational institute whose mission is to promote and encourage original historical and genealogical research about the 200,000 colored men and their 7,000 white officers who comprised the US Colored Troops during the American Civil War.

The Valley of the Shadow

The Valley of the Shadow is an electronic archive of two communities in the American Civil War—Augusta County, Va. and Franklin Co., Pa. The Valley Web site includes searchable newspapers, population census data, agricultural census data, manufacturing census data, slaveowner census data, and tax records. The Valley Web site also contains letters and diaries, images, maps, church records, and military rosters.

Voyages: The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database

Developed by David Richardson and David Eltis and hosted by Emory University, the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database has information on almost 35,000 slaving voyages.

Yale Slavery and Abolition Portal

Sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Center and the Instructional Technology Group, the ale Slavery and Abolition Portal is designed to help researchers and students find primary source material related to slavery and its legacies within the university’s many libraries and galleries.