RACE, SLAVERY AND FREE BLACKS, SERIES I: PETITIONS TO SOUTHERN LEGISLATURES, 1777-1867.
Bethesda, MD: University Publications of America, 1998
Black Studies Research Sources
This collection contains all 2,917 extant legislative petitions on the subject of race, slavery, and free blacks in the South dating from 1777 to 1867. The petitions come from the following states: Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. Written by slaveholders and nonslaveholders, blacks and whites, men and women, slaves and freemen, petitions include requests for emancipation, mass campaigns demanding the total abolition of slavery, and complaints about the activities of free blacks and address issues such as manumission, colonization, religion, laws governing slaves, racial mixing, and black military service. They provide a portrait of the political, legal, economic, social, and cultural life of the American South in the nineteenth century.