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Slavery debate archive

Nov 19, 2010


(Source: H-AFRO-AM@H-NET.MSU.EDU, Friday 11/19/2010 1:57 PM)


I'm writing to announce the launch of an online primary source archive Ihave developed over the past year while in residence at the Office of

Resources for International and Area Studies (ORIAS) at UC-Berkeley. The website is entitled American Slavery Debate: In the Context of

Atlantic History and provides access to 320+ downloadable documents that illustrate the myriad of international influences that affected

American attitudes toward slavery and antislavery between the American Revolution and the Civil War.  It has been designed to support teaching

and research in the fields of both American History and World History and to encourage scholars and educators to widen the lens through which

they examine the complex subject of American slavery.  I hope you find it useful and welcome any feedback you may have.

URL: <>


The project builds on the work of American historians who have emphasized the contextual importance of Atlantic History in their

studies of antebellum slavery (e.g., Bernard Bailyn, James Campbell, Matthew Clavin, David Brion Davis, Floyd Miller, Edward Rugemer, etc.)

and on the broader movement among world historians to look at multi-continent geographic regions as units of historical analysis

(e.g., Janet Abu-Lughod, Jerry Bentley, etc.).  Despite the increasing volume of scholarship in these areas, there is still a relative dearth

of primary source collections, both in-print and digital, available to those who want to account for the interconnectedness of the eighteenth

and nineteenth century Atlantic world in their teaching of American slavery.  My own recognition of this gap during my years as a high

school teacher provided the impetus for creating this website.  Though the website has not undergone a formal peer review, it is based

on an examination of relevant published scholarship and reflects informal input from professors at Stanford, Berkeley and Columbia.  I

have carefully crafted and edited each module, but the website as a whole should be considered a work-in-process.  I intend to update and

potentially expand it over time in response to user feedback.  Brief descriptions of the website's current topics appear below my signature.

Thus far, the site has been presented at three high school teacher summer workshops and will be communicated more broadly to the Bay Area

high school teaching community in the fall.  The Organization of American Historians has agreed to announce the website's release on its

own website later this summer.  In addition, I plan to submit a request for review to the /Journal of American History/ since each issue now

contains a section on new online resources.


I hope you find this archive useful in your teaching and scholarship. Please feel free to contact me with any feedback either through this

email address or the one established for the website: <>

Also please pass this announcement on to anyone you feel may find value in this resource.



Andy Hammann

History MA Candidate, San Francisco State University