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research tools on the web

Freely accessible, full e-texts of primary documents and source materials.
 

Collections

The Antislavery Literature Project http://antislavery.eserver.org/
A huge collection of period literature, with teaching aids.

Underground Railroad Accounts and Stories

Reminiscences of Levi Coffin, the reputed president of the underground railroad: being a brief history of the labors of a lifetime in behalf of the slave, with the stories of numerous fugitives, who gained their freedom through his instrumentality, and many other incidents, by Levi Coffin.  1876.
Full text available at University of Michigan, Making of America (http://www.hti.umich.edu/m/moa/)
Text url:  http://www.hti.umich.edu/cgi/b/bib/bibperm?q1=ABT8668.0001.001

The Underground Rail Road, by William Still.  1872.
Full text available at Quinnipiac University (http://www.quinnipiac.edu/)
Text url:  http://www.quinnipiac.edu/other/ABL/etext/ugrr/ugrrmain.html
Alternate site:  Project Gutenberg (http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page)   |  Text url: http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/15263

Anti-Slavery Publications

An Essay on Liberty and Slavery, by Albert Taylor Bledsoe.  1856.
Full text available at University of Michigan, Making of America (http://www.hti.umich.edu/m/moa/)
Text url:  http://www.hti.umich.edu/cgi/b/bib/bibperm?q1=aBT7109

The Anti-Slavery Harp: A Collection of Songs for Anti-Slavery Meetings, Compiled by William W. Brown, A Fugitive Slave.  1848.
Full text available at Full Books.com (http://www.fullbooks.com/)
Text url:  http://www.fullbooks.com/The-Anti-Slavery-Harp.html

The Anti-Slavery Examiner--Omnibus, by the American Anti-Slavery Society.  1836.
Full text available in 52 parts.  Available from Full Books.com (http://www.fullbooks.com/)
Text url:  http://www.fullbooks.com/The-Anti-Slavery-Examiner-Omnibus.html

The Friend of Man, The New York State Anti-Slavery Society publication Index
Index to The Friend of Man, 1836-1842, the organ of the New York State Anti-Slavery Society, created by the Cornell University Library
Index url: http://newspapers.library.cornell.edu/collect/FOM/index.php

A Portraiture of Domestic Slavery, by Jesse Torrey.  1817.
Full text available from Google Books: http://books.google.com/
Text url:  http://books.google.com/books?id=Ys8mW2gHcKMC&printsec=frontcover&cd=1&source=gbs_ViewAPI#v=onepage&q&f=false

The History of the Rise, Progress and Accomplishment of the Abolition of the African Slave Trade by the British Parliament, by Thomas Clarkson.  1808.
Full text available in 6 parts.  Available from Full Books.com (http://www.fullbooks.com/)
Text url:  http://www.fullbooks.com/The-History-of-the-Rise-Progress-andx1865.html

The Liberator.  1831-1852, edited by William Lloyd Garrison.
Full text of selected articles and summaries of others.
Text url:  http://www.theliberatorfiles.com/

Some Historical Account of Guinea, Its Situation, Produce, and the General Disposition of Its Inhabitants, by Anthony Benezet.  1771.
Full text available in 3 parts.  Available from Full Books.com (http://www.fullbooks.com/)
Text url:  http://www.fullbooks.com/Some-Historical-Account-of-Guinea-Its.html

Uncle Tom's Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe. 
Full text available in 12 parts.  Available from Full Books.com (http://www.fullbooks.com/)
Text url:  http://www.fullbooks.com/Uncle-Tom-s-Cabin.html

Pro-Slavery Publications

Slavery Ordained of God, by Rev. Frederick A. Ross, D.D.  1857.
Full text available in 2 parts.  Available from Full Books.com (http://www.fullbooks.com/)
Text url:  http://www.fullbooks.com/Slavery-Ordained-of-God.html

Slavery Narratives

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, by Harriet Jacobs (aka Linda Brent).  1861.
Full text available in 4 parts.  Available from Full Books.com (http://www.fullbooks.com/)
Text url:  http://www.fullbooks.com/Incidents-in-the-Life-of-a-Slave-Girl.html

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, Written by Himself.  1845.
Full text available in 3 parts.  Available from Full Books.com (http://www.fullbooks.com/)
Text url:  http://www.fullbooks.com/6825.html

Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom, by William and Ellen Craft.
Full text available in 2 parts.  Available from Full Books.com (http://www.fullbooks.com/)
Text url:  http://www.fullbooks.com/Running-a-Thousand-Miles-for-Freedom.html

Slavery Narratives, Federal Writer's Project, Library of Congress
Full text of all narratives available from the Library of Congress (http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/index.html)
Introduction url:  http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/snhtml/snhome.html

Thirty Years a Slave, by Louis Hughes.
Full text available in 3 parts.  Available from Full Books.com (http://www.fullbooks.com/)
Text url:  http://www.fullbooks.com/Thirty-Years-a-Slave.html

Twenty-Two Years a Slave, and Forty Years a Freeman, by Austin Steward, 1856.
Full text available in 5 parts.  Available from Full Books.com (http://www.fullbooks.com/)
Text url:  http://www.fullbooks.com/Twenty-Two-Years-a-Slave-and-Forty-Years-a.html

Other Narratives

American Scenes, and Christian Slavery, by Ebenezer Davies.  1849
Full text available in 5 parts.  Available from Full Books.com (http://www.fullbooks.com/)
Text url:  http://www.fullbooks.com/American-Scenes-and-Christian-Slavery.html

A Visit to the United States in 1841, by Joseph Sturge.  1842
Full text available in 6 parts.  Available from Full Books.com (http://www.fullbooks.com/)
Text url:  http://www.fullbooks.com/A-Visit-To-The-United-States-In-1841.html

Half a Century, by Jane Gray Cannon Swisshelm.  1880.
Full text available in 6 parts.  Available from Full Books.com (http://www.fullbooks.com/)
Text url:  http://www.fullbooks.com/Half-a-Century.html

Isaac T. Hopper, by L. Maria Child.  1853.
Full text available in 6 parts.  Available from Full Books.com (http://www.fullbooks.com/)
Text url:  http://www.fullbooks.com/Isaac-T-Hopper.html

Journal of an African Cruiser, by Horatio Bridge.  1845.
Full text available in 4 parts.  Available from Full Books.com (http://www.fullbooks.com/)
Text url:  http://www.fullbooks.com/Journal-of-an-African-Cruiser.html

The Narrative of Sojourner Truth, by Olive Gilbert.  1850.
Full text available.  Available from University of Virginia, American Studies (http://xroads.virginia.edu/)
Text url:  http://xroads.virginia.edu/~HYPER/TRUTH/cover.html

Documents

Pennsylvania Civil War Newspapers Collection, 1847-1874
Fully searchable full text of selected newspapers, from Penn State (http://www.libraries.psu.edu/)
Database homepage:  http://www.libraries.psu.edu/digital/newspapers/civilwar/

Slaves and the Courts, document collection, 1740-1860
Full text documents available from the Library of Congress (http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/index.html)
Introduction url: http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/sthtml/sthome.html

Virginia Runaways Database
Fully searchable full text documents, from the Virginia Center for Digital History (http://www.vcdh.virginia.edu/)
Database homepage:  http://people.uvawise.edu/runaways/

Speeches, Addresses

Lincoln, Abraham:  First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1861.
Full text available at Full Books.com (http://www.fullbooks.com/)
Text url:  http://www.fullbooks.com/7879.html

Mann, Horace: Slavery: Letters and Speeches, compiled 1853.
Full text available at University of Michigan, Making of America (http://www.hti.umich.edu/m/moa/)
Text url:  http://www.hti.umich.edu/cgi/t/text/text-idx?c=moa;cc=moa;view=toc;idno=ABT7247.0001.001
 

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