S05 E13: Sold Downriver – Using U.S. Slave Ship Manifests and Records in Your Research

When it comes to African American research, using U.S. slave ship manifests and records as part of your research may help you break through a seemingly insurmountable brick wall.

The global demand for cotton set off a forced migration of enslaved people with close to one million being transported to the Deep South between 1790 and 1860. The importation of captured Africans ended by 1808, which meant that much of the demand for labor within the United States was met by selling slaves who were born in one of the slave states. The colonial period saw enslaved people from the upper colonies shipped to the lower colonies.

Each voyage required documentation like a ship manifest. Thousands of these manifests have survived to the present day.

In this episode, we talk about:

  • How important these records are;

  • How to use ship manifests in your research; and

  • Where to find them in physical and digital formats

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