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Slaves and the Courts, 1740-1860

presents over 100 books and pamphlets on experiences of African and African-American slaves in American colonies and U.S. The documents, published between 1772 and 1889, include trial cases and proceedings, journals, and other documents of historical importance. A special presentation looks at the slave code for the District of Columbia. (Library of Congress)

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Interesting Fact:

Slavery in the District of Columbia ended on April 16, 1862, when President Lincoln signed a law that provided for compensation to slave owners. An Emancipation Claims Commission hired a Baltimore slave trader to assess the value of each freed slave and awarded compensation for 2,989 slaves.
A picture of slavery, for youth. By the author of

A Picture of Slavery, for Youth

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