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Resources for studying African-American Heritage at the CT State Library


For additional print resources, please see a librarian or search our catalog.


General Research Guides

Research guides compiled by the Connecticut State Library and other organizations.

Conscientious Description

Resources to find culturally sensitive terminology and descriptions of ancestral, racial, ethnic, and gender identity.

Slavery and Servitude

Information about slavery and servitude in Connecticut and New England, as well as the trans-Atlantic slave trade.

Emancipation and Freedom

Information about emancipation and freedom in Connecticut and New England, as well as the emergence of free Black communities.

Additional People and Subjects of Interest


  • Menschel, David. “Abolition Without Deliverance: The Law of Connecticut Slavery 1784-1848.” The Yale Law Journal 111, no. 1 (2001): 183-222.




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