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Slavery in the United States: Home

A Gumberg Library research guide

From 1526 until 1808, human beings of African descent were brought against their wills to what we now know as the United States. They were classified as property, and were forced into the misery of slavery by whites. It started with the Spainsh, continued with the English, and then with the Americans, and only ended because of the carnage of the Civil War. This research guide will help the user find information sources of many types on this shameful stain on our nation's history, and on it's legacy which still haunts us today.


Click on any link below to run a search in the online catalog, for all books and other materials on that subject in, or accessible through, the Gumberg Library.

On Slaves & Slavery

All of these resources can be accessed from off-campus, but you will need to enter your Multipass username and password when you click on a link below.

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Ta-Nehisi Coates at the University of Chicago giving the case for reparations


A Moral Debt: The Legacy of Slavery in the USA, with James Gannon


Need Help?

If at any time you need help with using Gumberg Library resources, please contact Ted Bergfelt, Humanities Librarian, via email or by phone at 412-426-5430, 8:30 am-4:30 pm ET, Monday-Friday. If he is not available, Ask Gumberg