Part III: The Institution of Slavery is particularly strong in its significant coverage of Africa, Europe, and the Caribbean. It examines the institution of slavery through legal documents, plantation records, personal accounts, newspapers, and government documents, opening up opportunities for in-depth research on how enslaved people struggled to change their fates and by whatever means necessary. This unique grouping of primary source materials explores slavery as a labor and legal system, the relationship between master and slave, slavery and religion, free labor, and the lives of free African Americans, covering 1490 to 1888.
Part III: The Institution of Slavery includes several key collections essential to the study of slavery:
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“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 is comparable to SAS. This project is unequivocally the most important undertaking related to the study of slavery. Essential. Upper-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers.”
“Collections include sources from the American Colonization Society and the Anti-Slavery Collection from Oberlin College, among many others.”