- Digging Deeper:
To learn more about the lives of enslaved and free blacks in
colonial Connecticut, read historian Peter Hinks's article, "Enslaved
Africans in the Colony of Connecticut" (download pdf).
- Thinking Like an Historian:
Listen carefully to the video segment in the introduction to this module "Enslaved Africans
in the Colony of Connecticut," with Professor David Blight. What questions do historians ask about slavery? How does the study
of slavery in New England change the way historians think about Connecticut's past? Why is the study of
local history important in understanding the past?
- Using Primary Documents:
Advertisements from colonial newspapers
giving notice of slave sales or runaways
are a valuable source of information
for historians. What sort of information
can you discover about the daily lives
of Connecticut slaves using the "Slave
Sale Advertisements" and "Runaway Slave Advertisements"
linked above? How did the individuals
in the advertisements dress? What sort
of work was required of them? For examples
to get you started, see "Analyzing an
Eighteenth-Century Runaway Slave Ad" (download pdf).