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- ProQuest History Vault, Slavery and the Law, Southern Life and African American History, Plantation records, Records of antebellum southern plantations from the revolution through the civil war, Records of southern plantations from emancipation to the great migration, Race slavery and free blacks, Slavery statutes
Southern Life and Slavery includes two major sub-collections documenting the history of race and slavery in the American south.
Slavery and the Law consists of petitions on race, slavery, and free blacks submitted to county courts and state legislatures during the period 1775-1867. The collection includes petitions for redress of grievances at multiple levels of government throughout all 15 slaveholding states and the District of Columbia. The documents convey testimony of men, women, slaves, slaveholders, and free black people on a wide range of contested topics, including suffrage, education, marriage, divorce, and emancipation.
Southern Life and African American History, 1775-1915, Plantations Records is a vast collection of business and personal records such as ledger and payroll books, diaries and correspondence, and wills. These records cover the antebellum, Civil War, and post-emancipation periods across much of the American south and provide coverage of business and agricultural practices alongside personal and familial records. The collections document crop and commodity prices, aspects of the cotton and grain trades, culture of tobacco growing and marketing, and various aspects of the daily lives of slaves and planters.
Major collections in this module include:
- The James Henry Hammond Papers from University of South Carolina
- Hollyday Family Papers, Susanna Warfield Diaries, and Martha Forman Diaries from the Maryland Historical Society
- Valcour Aime Slave Records from the Louisiana State Museum
- John McDonogh Papers from Tulane University
- General John Hartwell Cocke Papers from the University of Virginia
- Henry Watson Papers and the Clement Claiborne Clay Papers from Alabama
- John Knight and Duncan McLaurin collections from the Natchez area in Mississippi
- William Patterson Smith Collection from Duke University
- Text Collection
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