Slavery and the American Imagination

Fall 2010

Listed in: First Year Seminar, as FYSE-09; Hilary J. Moss (Section 01)

Questions about research in this course? Contact Missy Roser.

  • Databases
  • Reference
  • Data
  • Primary Sources
  • Web Resources
  • Citing Sources

Databases: Find articles, book chapters, e-books

America, History & Life (1964 to present)
Covers the world's scholarly literature on the history and culture of the United States and Canada.

Full-text backfiles of over one thousand leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences.


Encyclopedia of African American History, 1619-1895
Surveys of all aspects of black history from the arrival of the first African slaves through the 19th century.

Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History
Articles surveying all aspects of the black diaspora; strongest on U.S.

African American Music Reference
Essays and images for study of all forms of black music: blues, spirituals, jazz, rap, and more.

LinkNew Encyclopedia of Southern Culture (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, c2006- ). AC Frost Reference / F209 .N47 2006 [print only]

The essay on Slavery in Historical Statistics of the United States has some interesting linked data tables.



Primary Sources

African American Newspapers (Accessible Archives) (1827-1902)
Starting with Freedom's Journal in 1827, the database will eventually contain all major African-American newspapers published in the U.S. during the 19th century.

America's Historical Newspapers (1690-1980)
Searchable archive of American newspapers including Early American Newspapers (1690-1922) and Hispanic American Newspapers (1808-1980).

Ancestry Library Edition
Access to more than 1.2 billion names, primary source documents, census records, and images and a variety of genealogical and historical research features.

Slavery, Abolition and Social Justice (1490-2007)
Thousands of pamphlets, books, paintings, maps and images documenting the varieties and legacy of slavery, the social justice perspective, and the continued existence of slavery today.

Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938

Web Resources

Citing Sources

Make sure you keep track of all the sources you might use as you find them—many databases have a How to Cite This feature for articles, and we have access to the full Chicago Manual of Style online. Duke University Libraries have also put together a nice guide for how to cite by the type of source.