August 23, 2019

Primary Source Spotlight: Slavery (U.S.)

Library slavery collections Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938 more than 2,300 first-person accounts of slavery and 500 black-and-white photographs of former slaves An Introduction to the WPA Slave Narratives Caroline Hammond (a fugitive) "I was born in Anne Arundel County near Davidsonville about 3 miles from South River in the year 1844...." The story of Charles Crawley, ex-slave "God knows, how old I am. All I know is, I wuz born … [Read more...]

Today in History: Slave Auction

Today in History–March 3–the Library of Congress features the largest recorded slave auction in U.S. history, began on this date in 1859. Referred to as  "The Weeping Time", the two-day auction of 436 men, women, and children formerly held by Pierce M. Butler was held pay off Butler's financial losses from the crash of 1857-58 as well as his gambling debts. A journalist's account, What Became of the Slaves on a Georgia Plantation?, includes vivid descriptions of the auction and many of … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Afro-American Monument

There are two Revolutionary War heroes depicted on this print who experienced very different outcomes. Who were the two men and what happened to each in the war? Review the 13 scenes related to Afro-American history on this lithograph. Which scene speaks most powerfully to you? Explain the reasoning for your choice. What scene would you add to this poster? Provide a brief sketch and a caption for the scene. Then explain why you feel this scene is important to African American … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Tree of Liberty

Analyzing Primary Sources: Learning from Political Cartoons Save this primary source in .pdf format to your computer. Open it up and use a magnifying glass to look carefully at the political cartoon; if you are having trouble reading the text, use the transcription provided in the summary above. The illustration shows both northern and southern points of view. What groups are represented in the northern point of view? What groups are represented in the southern point of view? What … [Read more...]