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United States Labor History

Selected Primary Sources

Expansion and Sectionalism 1830-1850

18th Century Runaway Slave and Indentured Servants Advertisements.

An Account of a Visitor to Lowell , Massachusetts (1836) 

The Amistad Case 

Amistad Trials, 1839 – 1840 

The Atlantic Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Americas: A Visual Record 

Banning Mill: An Online Exhibit, 1834-1999 

Declaration of Rights, 1836
The Constitution of the Republic of Texas (1836). "
These founding documents legally established the entity of Texas, set forth the rights and responsibilities of its people, and defined the scope and powers of its government."--Excerpt.

Declaration of Rights, 1836, Utica, NY
"In 1836, a convention of mechanics, farmers, and workingmen met in Utica, NY. The Equal Rights Party was formed at the convention and the document below is the product of that meeting"--Excerpt.

Documents on Slavery
Excerpts from Slave Narratives From Slavery to Freedom: The African American Pamphlet Collection, 1824-1909

The Fugitive Slave Act 1850

The Geography of Slavery in Virginia

Harvard University Library – Women Working, 1800-1930