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Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition

   Welcome to Tangled Roots

A Project Exploring the Histories of Americans of Irish Heritage and Americans of African Heritage

Tangled Roots is a research project about the shared history of African Americans and Irish Americans.

It grows from the mission of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Abolition, Resistance and Slavery at Yale University to investigate and disseminate information concerning all aspects of the Atlantic slave system and its destruction.

With the support of the Gilder Lehrman Center, the Tangled Roots project seeks to investigate the history of American slaves and immigrants from Ireland and to consider the links between them.

A collection of primary documents from the 17th century to the present provides portraits of people and events from the history of African and Irish Americans.

The objective of the project is to foster an understanding of the tangled roots of the shared history.

The project is dedicated to an understanding of race and ethnicity in America.

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