African American History

Addressing topics from the Transatlantic Slave Trade to present day

The Abolition MovementAn image of an open book/publication called - a Slaves friend


The American Anti-Slavery Society produced "The Slave's Friend," a monthly pamphlet of abolitionist poems, songs, and stories for children. In its pages, young readers were encouraged to collect money for the anti-slavery cause. Here a picture of the coffle- yoke used to chain groups of slaves together illustrates a dialogue about the horrors of slavery between a girl named Ellen and her father, Mr. Murray. A shocked Ellen concludes that “I will never boast of our liberty while there is a slave in this land.



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-From The Slave's Friend, Volume II, p. 3. New York: American Anti-Slavery Society, 1836.
Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress (cited & linked below)

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Linked below are websites, online exhibits, and other digital collections with resources on topics related to African American history in the US

Featured Videos

Linked below are videos both freely online through websites like YouTube or TED, as well as from the library's collection in such databases as Kanopy, Films on Demand, or Academic Video Online. Click or hover your cursor over the icon to learn more about each item.

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Linked here are full podcasts or podcast episodes, as well as short audio recordings from news programs such as National Public Radio (NPR) and the like.

Featured Books & eBooks

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Featured Articles 

Background articles from the library's collection
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