Category: African American History

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“A List of Negroes at College” (ca. 1780)

This list of enslaved people owned by the College of William and Mary, circa 1780, includes both those who were at the College at that time and those who were hired out. 

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“A strange dream this day”; an excerpt from the diary of Landon Carter (1776–1777)

In this excerpt from the diary he kept for more than twenty-five years, Landon Carter notes that several of his slaves have run away following a proclamation by the royal governor, John Murray, Earl of Dunmore, promising freedom to slaves who joined British forces during the American Revolution (1775–1783). Carter repeatedly voices his dislike for Patrick Henry and his belief that he (Carter), and not Henry, had taken the lead in opposing the Stamp Act (1765). Finally, he gives evidence of strained relations at home with his son and wife, and brags of his abilities as a physician.

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