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United States Labor History

Selected Primary Sources

Slave Labor

African-American Odyssey
A Quest for full citizenship

African Americans at Jamestown
Timeline information from 1619 to 1705

Documents on Slavery  
Yale Law School Avalon Project

Rebecca Warren Brown 
Memoir of Mrs. Chloe Spear, a Native of Africa, Who was Enslaved in Childhood, and Died in Boston, January 3, 1815…Aged 65 Years. By a Lady of Boston.

Transcriptions of Virginia Gazette Runaway Slave Ads

Servants and Slaves and their legal disposition 1619, Virginia 
Thomas D. Russell, Sturm College of Law, University of Denver

Slaves and the Courts, 1740-1860
The Library of Congress

Runaway reward poster. November 16, 1858

Runaway reward poster. November 16, 1858
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