Blog Post 3

Photo: Slave Voyages , “Intra-American Slave Trade ,” HST 251 Doing Digital History- Omeka, accessed October 18, 2020,

Document: Slavery in the Courtroom: An Annotated Bibliography of American Cases by Paul Finkelman, “Slaves and the Courts, 1740 to 1860 ,” HST 251 Doing Digital History- Omeka, accessed October 18, 2020,

For the Intra-American Slave Trade photo, when I first took a look at it, I immediately could tell it was a map of all the routes and places that slave trading took place. It mostly mapped out North America and South America. As stated in the introduction, many enslaved people who were taken from Africa, were actually switched onto new ships headed for the Intra-American slave trade. Also, depending on where you were located in the United States determined which slave trade you were involved in. For example, states like Virginia and South Carolina would use the Transatlantic save trade while other states would use the Intra-American slave trade. For my next source, I found a document from the Library of Congress that was on the Slaves and Courts from 1740-1860. This document contains over one hundred books and thousands of pages that all pertain to how enslaved people were treated in our court system from 1740 to 1860. The documents from the Library of Congress vary immensely from trials and cases, reports, arguments, accounts, examinations of cases and decisions, proceedings, journals, a letter, to other works of historical importance. Many of these documents and sources involve prominent abolitionist like Dred Scott, John Brown, John Quincy Adams, and William Lloyd Garrison. The process of getting these sources and explaining them was actually a little bit of a tough one. At first I was confused on how to use Omeka, but after a couple minutes I got the hang of it and was able to figure it out. A research question these sources may raise would probably involve why certain southern states used the Transatlantic slave trade and why other used the Intra-American slave trade.

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  1. These sound like interesting sources and you provided excellent metadata describing them in Omeka. On Omeka, one of the tabs in the “Add Item” section also allows you to upload photos of the items as well. I think maps make wonderful historical sources because of how they construct space and meaning through geography. They are as much works of “art” as they are displaying cartographic knowledge.

    The second source sounds more like a collection of resources from the time period 1740-1860. I would definitely like to give this collection a close look!

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