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Slavery--United States
The following guide provides Web site links, a list of selected books, and access to online periodical articles about this subject. The Web site links have been researched, evaluated, and annotated by Rio Hondo College Librarians. The Librarians have specifically selected these Web sites to meet the research needs of Rio Hondo College students

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Web Site Links     top

Africans in America : America's Journey through Slavery

The Web site is a companion to the 1998 PBS six-part series of the same name and is based upon years of extensive research.  Four periods are examined: the Terrible Transformation (1450-1750), the Revolution (1750-1805), Brotherly Love (1791-1831) and Judgment Day (1831-1965).  For each period, biographies, notes, annotated visual materials, text, and commentaries by scholars supplement the historical narrative.

Amistad Research Center

Based in Tulane University, the Center holds manuscripts related to the study of ethnic history and culture and race relations in the United States.

Chronology on the History of Slavery and Racism

Researched and compiled by Eddie Becker, this site arose from independent research into the Smithsonian Institution's oldest building in Washington, DC, the Holt House.  It includes comprehensive footnoted entries from archival and secondary source documents, including links to full text Internet sites, ... spanning the period from 1619 to the present." 

Documenting the American South

This full-text database is a collection of primary resources on Southern history, literature, and culture from the colonial period through the early 20th century.  Click on "Collections," then "North American Slave Narratives" for the full text of slave narratives published in English in broadsides, pamphlets, or book form up to 1920.  Alternatively, select "First-Person Narratives of the American South" to see 101 printed texts documenting the culture of the American South from the Southerner's viewpoint.

Similar Sites:
-- A list of reviewed Web sites related to slavery in U.S. History
-- American Slave Narratives: an Online Anthology (Univ. of Virginia)
-- Born in Slavery : Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938 (Library of Congress)
-- Texts by and about African Americans (Univ. of Virginia)

Slavery in America

"This mini-unit is a case study to help students understand the enslavement of Africans in a northern city, Philadelphia, and the roles African Americans played in the abolition movement in Philadelphia."  This site has cool links and can be used as a microcosm of the U.S.

Online Databases (Rio Hondo Students only)    top

Gale Virtual Reference Library
Contains the full text to Gale Reference print volumes.  Type in "slavery" or "slavery United States" to find many book articles.

Books     top
The following books can be located in the Rio Hondo College Library.

Reference Books

The African-American almanac
Call number: Ref E 185.N385 2000

Atlas of African-American history
Call number: Ref E185.C55 2007

Chronology of African-American history : significant events and people from 1619 to the present
Call number: Ref E185.H64 1991

The Historical encyclopedia of world slavery
Call number: Ref HT861.H57 1997

The timetables of African-American history : a chronology of the most important people and events in African-American history
Call number: Ref E185.H295 1995

Suggested Subject Headings
For additional titles on this topic at Rio Hondo, click on the following Library of Congress subject headings:

African Americans--History--To 1863


Slavery--United States--History

Library Catalog     top
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Media     top
The following media can be located in the Rio Hondo College Library, to be viewed in the Library.

Africans in America : America's journey through slavery
Call number: Video 001202  (4 videos)
This program follows the history of American slavery from its birth to the Civil War. Considers the contradictions that lie at the heart of the founding of the American nation. The infant democracy pronounced all men to be created equal while enslaving one race to benefit another. Portrays the struggles of the African people in America, from their arrival in the 1600s to the last days of the Civil War.

A Biography of America
Call number: Video 000467  (13 videos)
This 26-part series of half-hour programs explores the human side of American history and encourages critical thinking about the forces that shaped America. Using photos, film footage, and documents, host historians lecture in a first-person narrative to describe a collective life story and history of American people and their every-day events.

Frederick Douglass : an American life
Call number: Video 000381
Leader of men, publisher-editor, statesman, orator, abolitionist, and U.S. Marshal. This documentary explores the life and times of Frederick Douglass. Told in his own words, Douglass recalls the brutality of his own bondage...his escape to freedom...his commitment to human rights of African people...his newspaper The North Star...poignant reflections on his family life...and his relationship with historical people like Harriet Tubman and John Brown.

Frederick Douglass : when the lion wrote history
Call number: Video 000540
Based upon his writings and speeches, this is the story of Frederick Douglass, an elegant orator and provocative abolitionist.

Harriet Tubman : antislavery activist
Call number: Video 000991
The story of Harriet Tubman, the anti-slavery activist.

Call number: Video 000798  (6 videos)
An adaptation of Alex Haley's Roots, in which he traces his family's history from the mid-18th century when one of his ancestors, Kunta Kinte, was captured and sold into slavery. Follows the struggle for freedom that began with the boy's abduction to America and continued throughout the generations that followed.

Roots of resistance : a story of the underground railroad
Call number: Video 000970
Recounts the story of the underground railroad through narratives of escaped slaves. Includes interviews with descendants of slaves and slave holders of Somerset Place, a plantation in North Carolina, who describe the personal danger and terrible risk involved in each slave's departure.

Articles   top
The Rio Hondo College Library provides online access to full-text articles through our online databasesPlease note:  you must be a Rio Hondo College student, faculty, staff or board member to use these services.

The sample searches and articles below are from the ProQuest database.  If you are viewing this subject guide from an on-campus computer, simply click on the links below.   To gain access if you are at home or off-campus, first click here:  Input your student ID number and password [your birthdate].  You will see a list of all the online databases to which you have access.  Click on ProQuest and enter the database.  You may conduct your own searches at this point or come back to this subject guide and click on any of the links below:

SUB(slavery) AND SUB(black history) [from Scholarly Journals only]
SUB(slavery) AND SUB(research)

Researched and evaluated by:
J. Sevilla-Marzona, Librarian 2/1999
last update: T. Shacklett, Librarian 5/2010


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