Featured Links: The Geography of Slavery and more

Patricia Cleary

The Common-place Web Library reviews and lists online resources and Websites likely to be of interest to our viewers. Each quarterly issue will feature one or more brief site reviews. The library itself will be an ongoing enterprise with regular new additions and amendments. So we encourage you to check it frequently. At the moment, the library is small, but with your help we expect it to grow rapidly. If you have suggestions for the Web Library, or for site reviews, please forward them to the Administrative Editor.

Fig.1. Virginia Center for Digital History and University of Virginia
Fig.1. Virginia Center for Digital History and University of Virginia

The Geography of Slavery

Virginia Center for Digital History and University of Virginia, Wise

If you wanted to know how many enslaved women ran away while pregnant in the eighteenth century, you might visit “The Geography of Slavery” Website. With over 4000 advertisements culled from Maryland and Virginia newspapers from 1736-1795, this site offers several user-friendly tools that allow viewers to explore the experiences of runaway slaves and indentured servants. Entering the phrase “with child” in the site’s search engine, for example, generates a list of twenty-two advertisements, documenting the experiences of women in various stages of pregnancy. The first relates to Moll, an eighteen-year-old Virginia-born enslaved woman, “very big with Child,” who ran away from Hanover County in the fall of 1739. A transcription of the newspaper notice accompanies the facsimile reproduction. Age, gender, skills, places, and dates can also be used to identify and locate different groups. 

Other useful supplemental material includes transcriptions of relevant legislative records, with full texts of government documents and laws, as well as complete bibliographic information; papers from slaveholding families; and other newspaper articles pertaining to slaves and servants. 

Teachers might find the “Resources” section useful. It includes a glossary, clear teaching materials with K-12 objectives, and links to other valuable sources. In the future, a graphic locator and timeline of runaways will be added to the site, as will additional advertisements from the nineteenth century. Other site components currently in development include background essays and profiles of individuals. 

Support for the site comes from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, with site sponsors at the University of Virginia including the Center for Technology and Teacher Education, the Electronic Text Center, and the Virginia Center for Digital History.

American Memory: Historical collections for the National Digital Library

Library of Congress, American Memory
Library of Congress, American Memory

Library of Congress, American Memory http://lcweb2.loc.gov/amhome.html

One of the most important archives of American history online, the American Memory project of the Library of Congress covers several centuries and includes immense quantities of material, with over one hundred major collections and nine million individual items related to the history of America. Particularly useful is the browse feature, which allows visitors to select collections by topic, such as “government” or “Native American history”; by time period, 1400-1699, for example, or 1800-1849; by kind of material, such as sound recordings, photographs, and manuscripts; and by place.

About Patricia Cleary

Chicago Citation

Cleary, Patricia. "Featured Links: The Geography of Slavery and more." Common-place.org. (July 2005). http://common-place.org/article/featured-links-the-geography-of-slavery-and-more/

Topic Tags: Slavery and Abolition