Dr. Christy Clark-Pujara discussed her book Dark Work: The Business of Slavery in Rhode Island (NYU Press, 2016) as part of the Rhode Island Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project and a program series - centered around the transatlantic slave trade - by the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice and the JCB.
Historian Douglas Harper provides a state-by-state overview of slavery in the North. His footnotes provide a good bibliography of major historical works that have focused on the North's role in the U.S. slave trade and practice of slavery.
Rhode Island and the Slave Trade: Buying and Selling the Human Species: Newport and the Slave Trade
These documents were written by Paul Davis, Providence Journal Staff Writer and published in the Providence Journal in March 2006.
We Were Here Too
by G. Cranston; Neil Dunay (As told to)
Publication Date: 2015-02-10
This book focuses on the story of the black families that lived in North Kingstown, RI during the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries. It touches upon topic such as slavery, the Triangle Trade, the negro goods trade and black soldiers serving the United States across the entire period. It includes lots of information of interest to anyone researching black genealogy in Rhode Island or anyone interested in getting an accurate idea of the types of lives led by black and mixed descent people across the centuries.
Evidence of the participation of Rhode Islanders in the slave trade during the 18th and 19th centuries can be found in the collections at the Rhode Island Historical Society listed below. Click on bold collection titles to access an inventory for that collection. Family papers of Brown brothers, DeWolf and others.