Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Open trial of Slavery and Anti-Slavery Part I

Cengage Gale are offering an open trial of Part I of their Slavery and Anti-Slavery archive until 1st March 2010. To access the trial go to and submit your details.

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.

Future series will be:

Part II Slave Trade in the Atlantic World
Part III Institution of Slavery in the United States
Part IV Age of Emancipation

After using Slavery and Anti-Slavery Part I please leave your comments below. You can choose the anonymous option to comment without needing to have a Blogger account, but it helps if you include your name in your feedback so that we can follow up on comments.

1 comment:

Jason said...

Let me begin by stating that I am a student of ancient history and therefore I can only reasonably comment as to the usability and structure of the site, rather than the usefulness of source material since I am only marginally aware of the sources surrounding the issue of “new world slavery.” At first glance the site is streamlined, the homepage offers a few random pictures and documents that obviously cater to random browsing purposes, there is an immediate quick search option, and the four tabs at the top make more pinpointed searches quickly accessible since the advanced search option is only one click on. The advanced search option has all the categories necessary to narrow the field; it is as good if not better than JSTOR’s equivalent advance search option. I have tried a few searches and I am impressed with the available documents, particularly the 19th century pamphlets and newspaper articles. I am sure this will be a useful tool for anybody researching the topics covered by the database.