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HIST:3275/AFAM:3275 Slavery in the United States: Books

A guide for resources at the University of Iowa on the history of slavery in the United States

Suggested Subject Headings/Terms

The following Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) can help identify materials about slavery and abolition in InfoHawk as well as many other library catalogs and databases.

Antislavery movements -- United States 

Antislavery movements -- United States -- History -- 19th century

Slavery -- History

Slavery -- Justification

Slavery -- Law and legislation -- United States 

Slavery -- Political aspects -- United States -- History -- 19th century

Slavery -- United States -- Anti-slavery movements

Slavery -- United States -- Condition of slaves

Slavery -- United States -- Controversial literature

Slavery -- United States -- Extension to the territories

Slavery -- United States -- History

Slavery -- United States -- Insurrections, etc.

Slaves -- Emancipation -- United States

Slaves -- Southern States -- Social conditions

Slaves -- United States -- Social conditions

Slave-trade -- United States

This list is by no means comprehensive. These are simply some of the more general subject headings. You may want to explore more specific subject headings to identify material relevant to your topic.


These subject headings will also give you an idea of how LCHS are structured. Subject headings/terms can also identify…

Examples of common subject terms you can use in combination with other search terms to locate sources in the InfoHawk catalog:

  • Abolition
  • Reconstruction 
  • Anti-slavery Movements
  • Family relationships 
  • Civil War
  • History
  • Slavery
  • Social conditions
  • African American
  • Antebellum
  • Underground Railroad
  • Emancipation
  • Fugitive slaves
  • Race relations

Individuals: Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Robert Carter

Geographic Areas: Southern States, South Carolina, Spartanburg County, Charleston

Populations: Women, Family, Children

Time Periods: Colonial Period, ca. 1600-1775,18th Century, 19th Century

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