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The Slavery, Anti-Slavery, and Emancipation digital collection is comprised of manuscript materials, publications and artifacts documenting the practice of slavery as it evolved in the American colonies and the United States from 1700-1872. Items include contracts, receipts, a probate inventory, an emancipation deed, correspondence, newspapers and magazine articles, currency, slave shackles and an identity badge from the Gerald D. and Rachel N. Norwood Collection on Slavery, Anti-Slavery, and Emancipation in Special Collections and University Archives, Wichita State University Libraries.
Slavery was central to the economic and social fabric of the American colonies in the 17th and 18th centuries and it was no less important, even if less visible, to the economies of northern colonies than it was to southern colonies. Even after the abolition of slavery following the Civil War, whites of all classes continued to benefit from the productivity of black sharecroppers and other workers whose labor, though low paid, was deemed valuable enough to showcase on the currency of southern states.
Finding Aid to Gerald D. and Rachel N. Norwood Collection on Slavery, Anti-Slavery, and Emancipation