Part I: Debates over Slavery and Abolition

"Traditionally, historians have sought out and poured over archival evidence wherever it could be found: libraries, courthouses, government buildings, musty attics. It can be–and often must be –a painstaking and time-consuming process.  That painstaking process may not be necessary anymore...Thanks to Gale’s Slavery and Anti-Slavery Archive, the first of four massive transnational digital archives on slavery, the information we need to research, write, teach, understand, and explain readily available, and in a comprehensive, usable format."   Orville Vernon Burton, Coastal Carolina University  

Slavery and Anti-Slavery is a digital archive in four series devoted to the study and understanding of the history of slavery in America. Part I: Debates over Slavery and Abolition is a scholarly collection of approximately 1.5 million pages of primary source documents focussing on the abolitionist movement and the conflicts within it, the anti- and pro-slavery arguments of the period, and the debates on the subject of colonisation.   The collection assembles a wide variety of materials -  more than 7,000 books and pamphlets, 80 newspaper and periodical titles, and a dozen major manuscript collections. Varied sources — from well-known journals to private papers, monographs, pamphlets, manuscripts and periodicals - explore the economic, gender, legal, religious, and government issues surrounding the slavery debate.

Additionally, a number of research tools – research guides, subject outlines and scholarly essays on the subject –
highlights the value of the content and assists students with access to the primary materials; introductory essays on sources will describe archival collections history and explain their research value. A subject guide search will allow researchers to submit searches against the archive's subject vocabulary.

In its entirety, Slavery and Anti-Slavery will consist of more than five million cross-searchable pages sourced from books, pamphlets, newspapers, periodicals, legal documents, court records, monographs, manuscripts and maps from many different countries – a unique achievement in the field of historic archives.

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Part I: Debates over Slavery and Abolition presents more than 20 historical collections in their entirety, adding depth and context to the study of the history of slavery. More than 1.1 million pages of these rare archives include:

  • The American Missionary Association Archives, 1839-1882
  • The American Colonization Society Papers
  • Papers of British abolitionist Sir Thomas Fowell-Buxton
  • Papers of American abolitionist Lewis Tappan
  • Salmon P. Chase Papers
  • Anti-Slavery Collection from Oberlin College
  • Papers of the Christian Faith Society
  • Abolitionist periodicals
  • Records of the Office of the Secretary of the Interior Relating to the Suppression of the African Slave Trade and Negro Colonisation, 1854-72
  • Records of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia Relating to Slaves, 1851-1863

Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive is a thematically organized, historical archive presented in four parts, all cross-searchable through a single interface. 

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