Slavery and Emancipation in the Atlantic World

This guide will help you find resources relevant to this course.

Using Primary Resources

Primary resources are the basis of your blog project this semester. Below are some links to primary resources online. Save yourself some time and read the descriptions to see if the resource is related to your project.


primary source is first hand evidence. It was there at the time of an event.

primary source is contemporary to the period being studied.

Examples of primary sources are: speeches, letters, comics/cartoons, songs, legislation, court decisions, journals/diaries, interviews, artifacts, autobiographies, statistics, experiments, and photographs.

Legal Research

Boston Public Library eResources

eResources available through the Boston Public Library

BPL eCards are virtual library cards that allow users immediate entry to all of Boston Public Library's remotely-accessible electronic resources, including magazine databases, downloadable audio, video, eBooks, and music.

Students living in Massachusetts while attending school are eligible for a card. Click here to sign up for one.

Save your ecard number and PIN on your computer for quick access.

Recommended Resource Pages at BPL

Recommended Databases at BPL

  • Slavery & Antislavery
  • Sabin Americana
  • 17th and 18th Century US Newspapers
  • 19th Century US Newspapers