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HIST 4363: American Slavery

Get started researching topics in the history of American slavery.

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Erin Owens
Contact:
936-294-4567
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Room 200C, 2nd floor, Library (NGL)

Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, and Other Reference Books

Why use Reference Books?

  • Browse for a topic of interest, if you aren't sure what to research;
  • Get a quick overview of a topic you don't know much about;
  • Identify key words/phrases, people, places, dates, etc. to use in searching for primary and secondary sources;
  • Get recommendations of scholarly books and articles to jumpstart your research;
  • Look up unfamiliar words/phrases, people, events, etc. while reading a primary source, so that you understand the source in context.

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Search a selection of print and electronic encyclopedias, dictionaries, and other Reference books.

 

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The Bibliography of Slavery and World Slaving

The Bibliography of Slavery and World Slaving

  • Searchable databases of references to approximately 25,000 scholarly works.
  • Slavery/slaving, worldwide, historical and modern.
  • All academic disciplines, all western European languages.
  • All known print materials published since 1900 in scholarly formats.
  • Includes books, scholarly journals (print and digital), recent conference presentations, professional historical sites, major museum exhibitions and catalogs.
  • Note: the SHSU Library may not necessarily own all the sources referenced in this bibliography.

Subject Headings

Subject headings allow you to find books according to broader and narrower topics.

Below are sample subjects. To browse for different, broader, or narrower subjects, go to the library catalog and click "Exact Search." Enter a term and click "subject."

You can start browsing for a broad subject like Slavery, then look for more specific subjects, such as Slavery United States History 18th century.

Once you know some subject headings, you can also just use them as keywords during an advanced search, using the subject row.

GENERAL:

ARGUMENTS FOR AND AGAINST SLAVERY:

SLAVERY AND RELIGION / THE CHURCH / RELIGIOUS ARGUMENTS FOR AND AGAINST SLAVERY:

LIVING CONDITIONS, SOCIAL LIFE, AND RELIGION OF SLAVES:

ANTI-SLAVERY MOVEMENTS:

FUGITIVE (RUNAWAY) SLAVES:

ECONOMICS OF SLAVERY:

POLITICS OF SLAVERY:

SLAVERY COMPARISONS:

INTERRACIAL RELATIONSHIPS:

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE MILITARY DURING AMERICAN SLAVERY

Browse the Collection

An excellent way to discover additional resources is to browse for books in relevant call number ranges. Many books on the history of American slavery will be located on the 4th floor in the following ranges:

  • E184.5 - E185.98 - United States, Elements in the population, Afro-Americans
  • E441 - E453 - Slavery in the United States and Antislavery Movements.

To discover the call number ranges for broader, narrower, or different subjects, consult the Library of Congress Classification Outline.

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A Sampling of (Secondary Source) Books in the Main Collection


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