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Slavery and Abolition

Owning Institution: Huntington Library

About this Collection

The Huntington Library is home to extensive collections documenting the history of slavery and abolition in the United States and the Atlantic World. As of today, it contains two recently acquired account books that represent two diametrically opposed sides of the story of human bondage – the slave trade and abolitionism. The ledger of William Davenport & Co. includes entries documenting the sale of enslaved laborers in Jamaica, Dominica, and throughout the West Indies. The account book of Zachariah T. Shugart, who operated an Underground Railroad stop in Michigan, lists the names of 137 men and women whom he and his associates helped to reach Canada. Other materials from other collections are to follow. View this collection on the contributor's website.

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