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Defining Documents in American History: Slavery

Table of Contents

Publisher’s Note

Editor’s Introduction


Early Debates and Considerations

Some Considerations on the Keeping of Negroes

Defense of Slavery in Virginia

Petition of Prince Hall and Other African Americans to the Massachusetts General Court

An Act for the Gradual Abolition of Slavery

Debate in the Constitutional Convention over the Slave Trade

Slavery Clauses in the U.S. Constitution

An Address to Those Who Keep Slaves, and Approve the Practice

Letters Exchanged between Benjamin Banneker and Thomas Jefferson

Haitian Declaration of Independence

An Oration on the Abolition of the Slave Trade

A Thanksgiving Sermon on Abolition of the Slave Trade

Antebellum Activities

The Missouri Compromise

Walker’s Appeal

Address to the Free People of Colour of these United States

Prospectus for The Liberator

Calhoun on the Reception of Abolition Petitions

The Colored American

Colored Churches in This City

United States v. Amistad

The South in Danger

Fugitive Slave Act of 1793

Speeches For and Against the Compromise of 1850

What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?

Kansas-Nebraska Act

Speech Against the Kansas-Nebraska Act

The Dred Scott Decision

Lincoln’s House Divided Speech

The Lincoln-Douglas Debates

The Trial of John Brown

Speech to the Court that Sentenced Him to Death

Cooper Union Address

Frederick Douglass on Slavery and the Constitution

Slave Stories

The Confessions of Nat Turner

Journal of a Residence on a Georgian Plantation in 1838–1839

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

Narrative of Sojourner Truth

Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Twelve Years a Slave: Narrative of Solomon Northup

Worlds of Woe and War

Abraham Lincoln’s First Inaugural Address

The Cornerstone of the Confederacy

Presidential Proclamations on Blockade and Commercial Trade

The Confiscation Acts

Lyons-Seward Treaty

Exchange of Letters Between Horace Greeley and Abraham Lincoln

There Has Been a Great Deal of Sickness in My Neighborhood

Reception to the Enlistment of Black Soldiers

The Emancipation Proclamation

“Men of Color, To Arms!”

War Department General Order 143

Jefferson Davis on the Employment of Slaves

General Lee on Black Confederate Soldiers

An Act to Increase the Military Force of the Confederate States

Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address

Facing the Future

The Thirteenth Amendment

General Sherman Interviews the Freedmen Ministers in Savannah

Special Field Order No. 15: Forty Acres and a Mule

Freedmen’s Bureau Bill

Ads for the Reunification of Former Slave Families


Chronological List

Web Resources