Slavery in the Colonial and Antebellum Eras
Enslavement Timeline 1619 to 1696
Enslavement in colonial America was established with one law at a time. Throughout the late 16th and 17th Centuries, laws were passed in several colonies to differentiate between African and white indentured servants.
What is Abolitionism?
Abolitionists worked to end slavery. Their philosophies on how to end slavery were very different. Historian Herbert Aptheker outlines the three types of abolitionism.
Timeline of the Pennsylvania Abolition Society
The Pennsylvania Abolition Society used moral suasion followed by political action as a method to abolish enslavement.
Gabriel Prosser's Plot
Gabriel Prosser prepared for the farthest reaching rebellion by enslaved men in United States' history.
National Negro Convention Movement
The National Negro Convention Movement began in 1830 and ended in 1864. For thirty-four years, freed African-Americans met on the local, state and national level to fight racial discrimination and enslavement. Their efforts solidified the first black nationalist movement.
The text of the Fourteenth Amendment, which repudiated the Supreme Court decision in Dred Scott v. Sandford (1857).
How Did Slaves Resist Slavery?
This article explores the avenues of resistance available to slaves in America.
William Still was an abolitionist, civil rights activist and businessman.
Thirteenth Amendment to the US Constitution
Text of the Thirteenth Amendment (1865), which ended slavery in the United States.
American Slavery in Comparative Perspective
This essay in "Digital History" from the University of Houston compares slavery in North America to slavery in Latin America.
Nat Turner's Rebellion
A description of Nat Turner's Rebellion in 1831.
An Illustrated History of U.S. Slavery
Explore the history of slavery in the United States through photographs, from About.com guide Tom Head.
Reparations for Slavery
A consideration of the issues at stake in giving reparations to the descendants of slaves as well as to Africa, from About.com guide Alistair Boddy-Evans.
An overview of life under slavery in America.
Top Five Cities of the Abolition Movement
This article is a list of the five cities that played an important role in the abolition movement.
Timeline of the Abolition Movement: 1830 - 1839
The Abolition Movement of the 1830s was filled with action. From the publication of Garrison's "Liberator" newspaper to the emergence of the Grimke sisters, the 1830s was filled with many characters.
The Abolition Movement: 1820 - 1829
The 1820s planted the seeds for the burgeoning Abolition Movement of the 1830s.