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Library Resources: History: Slavery and Slave Rebellion in the Atlantic World

Library resources for the study of history.

Resources for Research on Slave Rebellions in the Atlantic World

Search Term Suggestions

This list offers general subject headings to start your searches and demonstrates how LCHS headings are structured.

Antislavery movements -- Great Britain -- History

Antislavery movements -- United States
Antislavery movements -- United States -- History -- 19th century

Families, Black -- Jamaica -- History
Haiti -- History -- Revolution, 1791-1804
Maroons -- Haiti -- Ethnic identity
Plantation life -- United States -- History
Slavery -- History
Slavery -- Law and legislation -- United States
Slavery -- Political aspects -- United States -- History -- 19th century

Slavery -- United States -- Condition of slaves
Slavery -- United States -- Controversial literature

Slavery -- United States -- History
Slavery -- United States -- Insurrections, etc.
Slaves -- Emancipation -- United States
Slaves -- United States -- Social conditions
Slave-trade -- United States
Social movements -- Haiti -- History

Examples of common terms you can use in combination with other search terms include:

African American
Fugitive slaves
Anti-slavery movements
Race relations

You can narrow by geographic locations. For example, you can use the following:

Haiti (Example: Slavery -- Haiti -- History)
Louisiana ( Example: Slavery -- Louisiana -- New Orleans -- History)
Jamaica (Example: Plantation life -- Jamaica -- History)

It is also possible to narrow your search by period.

18th Century
19th Century
Colonial Period


 Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro–Latin American Biography: Access the entries through the Oxford Reference Center.


General Databases

Primary Sources (Xavier subscription)

Primary Sources - Image Databases

Slavery Images


Newspapers, Magazines, and Other Periodicals

Freely Available Online Databases and Portals

Traces the impact of slave-ownership on the formation of modern Britain and the significance of British Caribbean slave-ownership 1763-1833.

The SlaveVoyages website is a collaborative digital initiative that compiles and makes publicly accessible records of the largest slave trades in history. Search these records to learn about the broad origins and forced relocations of more than 12 million African people who were sent across the Atlantic in slave ships, and hundreds of thousands more who were trafficked within the Americas. Explore where they were taken, the numerous rebellions that occurred, the horrific loss of life during the voyages, the identities and nationalities of the perpetrators, and much more.

University of Michigan Clements Library - Digitized archival collections related to the slave trade in the West Indies

“The West Indies,” The Quarto No. 36 (Fall-Winter 2011).