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HIST 221: Slavery, Agency and Ideologies (HC)

History 221: Slavery, Agency and Ideologies (Laurent-Perrault) Spring 2015

Printed Primary Sources

Primary sources can take many different forms.  Letters, accounts and other kinds of documents written at the time of an event or era allow a nuanced and detailed understanding of historical issues.  Material below explains ways to locate primary sources in Tripod and Worldcat.  To find additional primary sources, historical studies in books and journal articles will often offer the best recommendations. Check footnotes and bibliographies for references to specific titles.

Finding Primary Sources 

Primary source translations that are in the Tricollege libraries will often be listed in Tripod under subject words combined with such terms as  "sources"  "early works to 1800"  "correspondence"  "interviews"  or  "personal narratives"    

For example, the search  Subject: slave* sources ("united states" OR america*) produces such books as:

Pioneers of the Black Atlantic: Five Slave Narratives from the Enlightenment, 1772-1815.

While the search Subject: latin america sources AND Keyword:colon* results in books including:

Document and Image Collections


Portrait of Joanna, an emancipated slave of Surinam 

Illustrating a biography by J. Stedman, 1838  (Wikimedia Commons)