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HIS 179/365/373/375/460: Antebellum African American History: Find Primary Sources

research African American history through Reconstruction + the history of American Slavery

Primary Source Databases

These databases are licensed by the library. Access by matriculated students and current faculty/staff is permitted with authentication (i.e., your PAWS username and password).

Find Primary Sources @Gitenstein Library

These pre-formatted subject searches reveal books, printed and electronic, held by the Gitenstein Library (i.e., not open access). Use them to find reproductions of letters, diaries, and other first-hand accounts that reflect the realities of life for African Americans before, during, and after the Civil War.

Important Note: Expand your results to include online journal articles and other e-resources by clicking on the "Books, Articles, and More" radio button located at the top of the Advanced Search screen. Re-execute your search. Results will now include journal articles that contain primary-source excerpts.

Abolitionists, slaves, and former slaves (writings of):
African Americans (all time periods):
Civil War and Reconstruction:
The Confederacy:
Historical figures:
Important book series:

Primary Sources On the Open Web

See the Primary Sources Online page of the History libguide > African Americans tab for even more primary sources in African American history.

Primary Source E-Books

Abolition / slavery:

Civil War / Reconstruction:

Domestic Life: