Throughout the 17th and 18th centuries millions of Africans were forced to become enslaved people in the American colonies. This guide provides access to Library of Congress digitized primary sources, links to related websites, and a print bibliography.
Angela McMillian, Digital Reference Specialist, Researcher and Reference Services Division
Lavonda Broadnax, Digital Reference Specialist, Researcher and Reference Services Division
Created: January 17, 2019
Last Updated: February 15, 2023
The collections of the Library of Congress contain a wide variety of materials related to the practice of slavery in America, including photographs, manuscript materials, recorded oral histories, and books. Many primary source materials from the Library's collections have been digitized and are described and linked from this guide. In addition, related resources available from the Library and from external websites are included. Finally, we provide a selected bibliography of print resources for both general and younger readers available at the Library of Congress, but likely also available from your local public or research library.