The Rhode Island Slave Trade: A Reading List

The Rhode Island Slave Trade: A Reading List

Original manuscript of Reverend James MacSparran’s diary from the 1740’s and 1750’s.

The following secondary sources were used for The Unrighteous Traffic, Rhode Island and the Slave Trade:

Edward Andrews, “What About the ‘Others’? The Social Experience of Slavery, Servitude, and Apprenticeship in the Families of Colonial Newport”

Irving H. Bartlett, From Slave to Citizen: the Story of the Negro in Rhode Island

John Russell Bartlett, History of the Wanton Family of Newport Rhode Island

Charles A. Battle, Negroes on the Island of Rhode Island

Bruce M. Bigelow, “Aaron Lopez: Colonial Merchant of Newport” and “The Commerce of Rhode Island with the West Indies, Before the American Revolution” (unpublished thesis)

Gladys E. Bolhouse, “Abraham Redwood: Reluctant Quaker, Philanthropist, Botanist

Stanley F. Chyet, Lopez of Newport: Colonial American Merchant Prince; Jay Coughtry, The Notorious Triangle: Rhode Island and the African Slave Trade, 1700-1807

Elaine Forman Crane, A Dependent People: Newport, Rhode Island in the Revolutionary Era

Sarah Deutsch, “The Elusive Guineamen: Newport Slavers, 1735-1774″

Elizabeth Donnan, Documents Illustrative of the History of the Slave Trade in America, Vol. 3, and “The New England Slave Trade After the Revolution

Richard S. Dunn, Sugar & Slaves: The Rise of the Planter Class in the English West Indies, 1624-1713

Robert K. Fitts, Inventing New England’s Slave Paradise: Master/Slave Relations in Eighteenth-Century Narragansett, Rhode Island

Kevin Gaines, Beth Parkhurst, African-Americans in Newport, 1660-1690

David Barry Gaspar, Bondmen and Rebels: A Study of Master-Slave Relations in Antigua

Thomas R. Hazard, Recollections of Olden Times: Rowland Robinson of Narragansett and his Unfortunate Daughter

James B. Hedges, The Browns of Providence Plantations: The Colonial Years

George Howe, Mount Hope: A New England Chronicle; Ricardo Howell, “A Special Report: Slavery, the Brown Family of Providence and Brown University“;

Arline Ruth Kiven, “Then Why the Negroes: The Nature and Course of the Anti-Slavery Movement in Rhode Island: 1637-1861

J. Stanley Lemons, “Rhode Island and the Slave Trade

Rachel Chernos Lin, “The Rhode Island Slave-Traders: Butchers, Bakers and Candlestick Makers

George Champlin Mason, Annals of the Redwood Library and Athenaeum, Newport, R.I.

Marcus A. McCorison, The 1764 Catalogue of the Redwood Library Company at Newport, Rhode Island

Christian M. McBurney, “The Rise and Decline of the South Kingstown Planters, 1660-1783” (unpublished thesis)

Joanne Pope Melish, Disowning Slavery: Gradual Emancipation and “Race” in New England, 1780-1860, and “Rhode Island Slavery and Its Legacies”

The Final Victims, Foreign Slave Trade to North America, 1783-1810, James A. McMillin

William Davis Miller, “The Narragansett Planters

Edmund S. Morgan, The Gentle Puritan, A Life of Ezra Stiles, 1727-1795

Wilfred H. Munro, The Story of the Mount Hope Lands, From the Visit of the Northmen to the Present Time and Tales of an Old Seaport

Christy Millard Nadalin, “The Last Years of the Rhode Island Slave Trade”

Richard Pares, Yankees and Creoles: The Trade Between North America and the West Indies Before the American Revolution

Howard Willis Preston, Rhode Island and the Sea

Mack Thompson, Moses Brown: Reluctant Reformer

Charles O. F. Thompson, Sketches of Old Bristol

Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University, A Forgotten History: The Slave Trade and Slavery in New England

Wilkins Updike, A History of the Episcopal Church in Narragansett Rhode Island

Lynne Withey, Urban Growth in Colonial Rhode Island: Newport and Providence in the Eighteenth Century

Carl R. Woodward, Plantation in Yankeeland: The Story of Cocumscussoc, Mirror of Colonial Rhode Island

Richard C. Youngken, African Americans in Newport, An Introduction to the Heritage of African Americans in Newport, Rhode Island, 1700-1945.

Sources used in the Slavery timelines:

Clifford Lindsey Alderman, Rum, Slaves and Molasses: The Story of New England’s Triangular Trade

John Hutchins Cady, Rhode Island Tercentenary Commission, 1936, “Rhode Island Boundaries, 1636-1936”

Jay Coughtry, The Notorious Triangle: Rhode Island and the African Slave Trade, 1700-1807

William Dudley, (editor), Turning Points in World History: American Slavery

Dwight Lowell Dumond, Antislavery: The Crusade for Freedom in America

John R. Spears, The American Slave Trade

Earl C. Tanner, “Rhode Island: A Brief History”

The Encyclopedia of Rhode Island

Betty Wood, The Origins of American Slavery: Freedom and Bondage in the English Colonies; Encyclopedia Britannica.

Web sites: Slavery and the Making of America series (Houghton Mifflin) (Internet public library) (Department of History, University of Washington)

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