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Slavery in New York State
Try the following background resources to learn about the abolition of slavery in New York:
Selection of Books
As always, please check the library catalog for additional books on this topic.
Pretends to Be Free : Runaway Slave Advertisements from Colonial and Revolutionary New York and New Jersey (Revised and expanded ed.) by
Fordham University Press, 2019.
Call number [RH & LC Stacks] E445.N56 P74 2019
Emancipating New York : The Politics of Slavery and Freedom, 1777-1827 by
Louisiana State University Press, 2006.
Call number [RH Stacks] E445.N56 G45 2006
Slavery in New York by
New Press, 2005.
Call number [LC & RH Stacks] F128.9.N4 S55 2005
New York Burning: Liberty, Slavery, and Conspiracy in Eighteenth-Century Manhattan by
Alfred A. Knopf, 2005.
Call number [LC & RH Stacks] F128.4 .L47 2005
*See link to replication data on this page
Black and White Manhattan : The History of Racial Formation in Colonial New York City by
Oxford University Press, 2004.
Call number [RH Stacks] F128.9.A1 F66 2004
Open Access Digital Collections
New-York Manumission Society Records, 1785-1849
Contains 11 volumes of records for the New-York Society for Promoting the Manumission of Slaves (commonly known as the New-York Manumission Society) covering its activities from its founding in 1785 through its dissolution in 1849.
NYC's Early African American Settlements
Research guide from NYPL with links to primary sources for New Amsterdam’s “Little Africa,” Manhattan’s Seneca Village, Brooklyn’s Weeksville community, and Staten Island’s Sandy Ground neighborhood.
The African Burial Ground in New York City
African Burial Ground Final Reports
Provides access to reports conducted by the U.S. General Services Administration and Howard University covering the historical, bioanthropological, and archaeological significance of the African Burial Ground found at 290 Broadway.
Breaking Ground Breaking Silence : The Story of New York's African Burial Ground by
Henry Holt, 1998.
Call number [RH Stacks] F128.39 .H36 1998
Pierre Toussaint Resources
Pierre Toussaint : A Biography by
Call number [RH & LC Stacks] E185.97.T736 J66 2003
Additional Resources & Guides
Public History Projects
Northeast Slavery Record Index
A searchable compilation of records that identify individual enslaved persons and enslavers in the states of New York, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New Jersey.
Freedom on the Move
Compiles citations and transcriptions of ads appearing in newspapers searching for runaway, fugitive, or self-emancipating slaves. Search the database to see listings for New York.
Slavers of New York
A group of activists, educators, and researchers using historical data and street art to expose the legacy of slavery in NYC.
Sojourner Truth Resources
Sojourner Truth : A Life, A Symbol by
W.W. Norton, 1996.
Call number [Westchester] E185.97.T82 P35 1996
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