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Follow the Underground Railroad on the Internet

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Explore historic data culled from census reports at an information-packed site maintained by the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Here you can select and add variables as you search their extensive tables of information.

There are several sources of slave narratives that are wells of great information:
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill maintains a site called Documenting the American South. It features:
  • First-Person Narratives of the American South
  • Library of Southern Literature
  • North American Slave Narratives in their entirety
  • The Southern Homefront, 1861-1865
  • The Church in the Southern Black Community, among others.
Frederick Douglass’ autobiography is available through Sun Site, a site sponsored by UC-Berkeley.

Interviews with former slaves are kept at a beautifully-maintained site sponsored by the Library of Congress’ American Memories site. There you will find facsimile copies of Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers’ Project of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) conducted in the 1930s.

The Library of Congress also sponsors an incredibly rich site called The African-American Mosaic: A Library of Congress Resource Guide for the Study of Black History and Culture. It presents the panoply of the African-American experience through personal stories and invaluable primary source documents.

At American Slave Narratives: An Online Anthology you can read transcripts from interviews with former slaves and listen to their own words as you read. This site is part of the University of Virginia’s American Studies Hypertext Project. Other Hypertext projects contain many texts relevant to the Underground Railroad, including Harriet Jacobs’ Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.

Third Person, First Person: Slave Voices from the Collections Library, Duke University includes many primary source documents related to slavery and the Underground Railroad.

The National Underground Freedom Center maintains a very useful web site focused on the past, present and future of the Underground Railroad.

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