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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:
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