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Search Tools in Slavery in America and the World

This Knowledge Base article provides helpful information on all the search tools in Slavery in America and the World. This database is unique because of the meticulous development and organization that went into its development, opening up opportunities for unique browse and search tools. Learn how to use these tools in this guide.

The Slavery Quick Finder Tool

Each book and pamphlet within the collection has been categorized by an editorial team based on four factors:

  • Position on Slavery (pro-slavery or anti-slavery, for example)
  • Type of Document (cases, trials, letters, sermons, speeches, etc.)
  • Jurisdiction
  • Topic (examples include “Abolitionist Movements,” “Abraham Lincoln,” “Black Authors,” and more)

The Slavery Quick Finder tool, located in the All Titles subcollection, enables users to locate documents based on these four factors.

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For example, use the drop-downs to find poems or songs by women authors who opposed slavery.

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Notice that even when browsing all titles at once, you can see this extra metadata listed on each title entry.

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Editor’s Picks

Look for gold star symbols throughout the Slavery in America and the World database. These indicate titles selected by the editor (Paul Finkelman) as some of the most important titles found in the collection.

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Click on a gold star to open an in-depth explanation of the title’s significance.

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