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HIST 1370: African-American Experience

Reconstructing the Arguments

Dr. Latimore will divide your class into two groups, one defending the institution of slavery and the other attacking it. Each member of the group will prepare a 6-8 page “brief” including 10 primary sources, 7 of which must be cited in the brief.

As you search for sources, think of yourself as a U.S. citizen living from about 1850 to 1861. Accordingly, look for sources that were written during or before this time. Use date limiters to exclude results after 1861. 

You don't need to consult every resource on this guide, but you should draw your evidence from a variety of sources. Search multiple databases to see how coverage differs between them, and look for different kinds of sources, e.g. speeches, letters, diaries, etc.