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African American Manuscripts - Colonial and Antebellum Eras

Rubenstein Library collections related to African American History from the Colonial and Antebellum eras


The trading of enslaved people is one of the hidden economies of the colonial and Antebellum periods of American history. Whether international or domestic, there is significant documentation within the Rubenstein Library collections that illustrate the methods, means, and participation of men and women who engaged in human trafficking. The names of both the participants and victims of this economy can be found in the archive. This section highlights of individual and family papers that document trading of enslaved people. There is additional materials in different formats of records, particularly broadsides, consult that section of the guide for more information.