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Jones, H.G. North Carolina History: An Annotated Bibliography. NoCar Ref F254 J66
Contains references to books, theses, periodical articles, and other material on slavery in North Carolina. Check the online catalog to see what titles our library has. Interlibrary loan is available to obtain materials we do not have.
North Carolina Historical Review. NoCar F251 N892 (1924-present)
Quarterly journal containing articles on North Carolina history; useful indexes assist in locating articles on slavery.
America: History and Life
Online index of articles in historical journals, 1967-present; available on Joyner Library's Web pages under Electronic Resources/ Arts, Humanities & History.
Online, full-text articles in journals, including historical journals; available on Joyner Library's Web pages under Electronic Resources; click on "Resources A-Z" and then "J."
The North Carolina Collection has acquired microfilm copies of county records for 14 counties in eastern North Carolina. Dating from the eighteenth century to around 1900, the records include court minutes, deeds, estates records, and wills, many of which contain information relevant to the study of slavery. Indexes and abstracts for some of these records are also available. Click here to see part of the will of Elizabeth Pugh of Bertie County, 1818, Book G, Page 34, Bertie County Wills, in which she bequeaths some of her slaves.
The North Carolina Collection's Microfilm Room contains early North Carolina newspapers on microfilm. Those for the eighteenth century through the end of the Civil War contain much information on slavery, including ads for runaway slaves. A guide to the holdings is at http://www.ecu.edu/cs-lib/ncc/newsguide.cfm. Click here to see an advertisement for a runaway slave that appeared in the February 8, 1860, issue of the Raleigh Register.
State laws and the state Constitution addressed the issue of slavery. Early laws can be found in the Colonial and State Records of North Carolina NoCar Ref F251 N6 1993; those for the antebellum period have the call number NoCar Ref KFN 7425 A243. For state constitutions and constitutional amendments, see North Carolina Government, 1585-1979 NoCar Ref JK 4131 N67 N68x 1981. See also an important treatise on the law: Potter, Henry. Office and Duty of a Justice of the Peace NoCar Rare KFN 7920 P67 1828. Similar manuals precede and continue Potter's work. Click here to see "An Act to Prevent Free Negroes from Hiring or Having the Control of Slaves," Chapter 36, Public Laws of North Carolina, 1860-61.
The North Carolina Collection contains volumes of the edited papers of prominent persons of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Their letters contain many references to slavery in North Carolina. Among them are the papers of William Tryon, John Gray Blount, Willie P. Mangum, William Alexander Graham, Thomas Ruffin, Archibald Debow Murphey, Zebulon B. Vance, and David Reid. Call numbers can be located in theonline catalog, using a title keyword search with the names of these men (e.g., papers Thomas Ruffin). Click here to see a portion of a letter from E. P. Guion to Thomas Ruffin, August 28, 1831, concerning the Nat Turner slave rebellion (Papers of Thomas Ruffin, vol. 2, p. 45).
Original maps and reprinted maps of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries provide useful context for the study of slavery. For a description of holdings, see the handout, Map Series in the North Carolina Collection. Most maps in the North Carolina Collection are not cataloged; ask for assistance at the Service Desk. Click here to see a portion of a map of Wake County, ca. 1870, showing the names of landowners in Oak Grove Township who once owned the slave Friday Jones.