Slavery and Anti-slavery: a transnational resource

Slavery & Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive is a collection of diverse materials related to the transatlantic slave trade. Divided into four parts (Debates over Slavery and Abolition, Slave Trade in the Atlantic World, The Institution of Slavery and The Age of Emancipation), this database comprises 5.4 million cross-searchable pages: 12,052 books, 170 serials, 71 manuscript collections, 377 US supreme court records and briefs, and 194 reference articles from scholarly encyclopedias.

The search feature allows for convenient access to a variety of different resource types. For example, you can search for “revolt” and locate resources such as the following:

Topic Overview: Colleen A. Vasconcellos. “Demerara Revolt.” Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History. Ed.  Colin A. Palmer. Vol. 2. 2nd ed. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2006. Slavery and Anti-Slavery. Gale. University of British Columbia Library. 1 Apr. 2015

Monograph: Eye-witness. A narrative of the revolt and insurrection of the French inhabitants in the island of Grenada by an eye-witness. Edinburgh, 1795. Slavery and Anti-Slavery. Gale. University of British Columbia Library. 1 Apr. 2015

Legal Document: Records of the Land Superior Court (Landsoverret): Record of the Courts Martial Following the Revolt of 1848 (1 volume). 1848. MS Selected Records of the Danish West Indies, 1672-1917: Essential Records Concerning Slavery and Emancipation, 1848 Slave Revolt. National Archives. Slavery and Anti-Slavery. Gale. University of British Columbia Library. 1 Apr. 2015

Abtract: 1837 March 2 & 9. Reports on Buxton’s reaction in the House of Commons to the Texan revolt. March 2, 1837. MS Calendar of The Papers of Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton, 1786-1845, Volume 15 Extracts Relating to The Abolition of Slavery Vol. V 1836. Rhodes House Library, Oxford. Slavery and Anti-Slavery. Gale. University of British Columbia Library. 1 Apr. 2015

Personal Account: Stedman, John Gabriel. Narrative of a five years’ expedition against the revolted negroes of Surinam, in Guiana, on the wild coast of South America, from the year 1772, to 1777; elucidating the history of that country, and describing its productions Vol. Volume 1. London, 1796. Slavery and Anti-Slavery. Gale. University of British Columbia Library. 1 Apr. 2015


The library also provides a variety of other informative resources about slavery, including the following:

Slavery, Abolition and Social Justice, 1490-2007

Campbell, G., Miers, S., & Miller, J. C. (2007). Women and slavery. Athens: Ohio University Press. HT861 .W66, KOERNER LIBRARY stacks
Cooper, A. (2006). The hanging of Angélique: The untold story of Canadian slavery and the burning of old Montréal. Toronto: HarperCollins. HV6248.A55 C65 2006, KOERNER LIBRARY reserve collection (Floor 3)
Douglass, F., & Stepto, R. B. (2009). Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass, an American slave. Cambridge, Mass: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press. E449 .D749 2009, KOERNER LIBRARY stacks and online.
Drescher, S. (2009). Abolition: A history of slavery and antislavery. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press. HT861 .D74 2009, KOERNER LIBRARY stacks
Eltis, D., & Richardson, D. (2010). Atlas of the transatlantic slave trade. New Haven: Yale University Press. G2446.E625 E48 2010, KOERNER LIBRARY reference atlases (non circulating Floor 2)
Hill, L. (2007). The book of Negroes. Toronto: HarperCollins. PS8565.I444 B66 2007, KOERNER LIBRARY stacks
Lindsay, L. A. (2008). Captives as commodities: The transatlantic slave trade. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall. HT1321 .L56 2008, KOERNER LIBRARY stacks
Mackey, F. (2010). Done with slavery: The black fact in Montréal, 1760-1840. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press. FC2947.9.B6 M33 2010, KOERNER LIBRARY stacks
12 years a slave. McQueen, S. New Regency. (2014). [Video/DVD] Beverly Hills, California: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. PN1997.2 .A11224 2014 dvd, KOERNER LIBRARY Videomatica (Koerner Circulation Desk)
Morgan, K. (2007). Slavery and the British empire: From Africa to America. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press. HT1162 .M67 2007, KOERNER LIBRARY stacks


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