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Spotlight on New Electronic Resources at IU Libraries

Lists of newly acquired digital content since 2018 and more information about select resources


Slave ship manifest with names of enslaved people, aged 2-40

Slavery, the Slave Trade, and Law and Order in 19th Century America, 1636-1880

For many people, past and present, the 1863 photograph of "Whipped Peter" made the brutality of American slavery clear. The image above, a ship's manifest, appears far more pedestrian, a minor historical document produced without the care or consideration reflected in the photograph. One might note that it is in such minor historical documents, when brought together with countless other minor historical documents, that students and scholars change our understanding of history. Indeed, the meticulous details of the slave economy has produced some of the most significant scholarship in recent years, such as Caitlin Rosenthal's Accounting for Slavery: Masters and Management (2018) (print and e-book).

Just in itself, though, this hastily written scrap of paper tells the same horrible yet human story as the scarred back of Gordon (aka "Whipped Peter"). It is the manifest of the sloop General Pulaski. It lists 12 names of people sent from Baltimore to Savannah in 1826. Among them, "William, son of Comfort" [the latter listed a few lines earlier], aged 2, height 2 feet 4 inches. Also Isaac, with no parents listed, aged 5, height 2 feet 10 inches. It indicates, just in its few lines, a half dozen of the countless people who facilitated the enslavement of Black people, from the enslaver in Baltimore to the ship master to the collector to the examiner. There are millions of such scraps, which together underline the centrality of slavery to American history.

The IU Libraries have recently acquired Slavery, the Slave Trade, and Law and Order in 19th Century America, 1636-1880, an archive of primary source materials about American slavery and the legal system that undergirded it from the colonial era until after the Civil War. In addition to ship manifests, it includes correspondence and other papers of attorneys general of the United States, documents of various merchant families in Rhode Island (including the Browns) who prospered as a consequence of American slavery, and the papers of Rice Ballard, a slave trader and later planter, who lived and worked across the southern United States. Contributing repositories include the US National Archives, the Southern Historical Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the Rhode Island Historical Society. Explore this resource (login required).


[image: "Manifest of Negros, Mulattos, and persons of Color, taken on board the Sloop Genl. Pulaski," 17 April 1826,]

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