Beginning in 1788 with Lord Dunmore's offer of emancipation and ending in 1896 with Plessy v. Ferguson, Part IV: Age of Emancipation includes a range of rare documents related to the emancipation of slaves in the United States, as well as Latin America, the Caribbean, and other areas of the world. From the time of the American Revolution, when northern states freed relatively small numbers of slaves, to later periods when an increasingly large free black community was developing, emancipation was a long-sought dream that eventually became a political and moral expectation.
The collections in Part IV: Age of Emancipation document:
These collections comprise a variety of documents types, including correspondence, speeches, plays, financial papers, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, telegrams, memoranda, legal documents, diaries, and journals. The Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands constitutes the richest and most extensive documentary source available for investigating the African American experience in the post-Civil War and Reconstruction eras. The individual collections include:
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“This comprehensive digital collection is not only valuable, it is a treasure trove.”
“Collections include sources from the American Colonization Society and the Anti-Slavery Collection from Oberlin College, among many others.”
“This database is an unparalleled resource for expert historians and undergraduate students alike. What's particularly exiting is that the current iteration is merely the beginning of an ongoing endeavor. Simply put, nothing comparable to SAS. This project is unequivocally the most important undertaking related to the study of slavery. Essential. Upper-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers.”