Legislation

Proposed DC Recovery Act - Submitted Feb 10, 2017 to District of Columbia Board of Elections

References and Resources for Writing Legislation


Slave Owners and Entities Profiting from Slavery
List of slave holders/slave owners and slaves in 1864 Paid for emancipation in Washington DC area.

Statistics and Data

Slave Populations by State and Sex

Databases and Internet Publications
American Slavery, Civil Records from the U.S. National Archives
Family Search (Free) also Slave Schedules

Transporting Slaves
The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database has information on almost 36,000 slaving voyages.
A few slave manifests from the National Archives
Additional manifests may be obtained from regional National Archives by emailing requests to:
Boston - boston.archives@nara.gov
Fort Worth - ftworth.archives@nara.gov
New York - newyork.archives@nara.gov
Philadelphia - philadelphia.archives@nara.gov
The Atlanta Office has been contacted.

Ancestry Free at the Library of Congress, Washington, DC
Historical Statistics of the United States, Millennium Edition Free at the Library of Congress,
Cost about US$6.00/document at Cambridge Press web site.
Here is a description of some relevant content (#) = number of documents
  • Slave labor (7)
  • -prices (3)
  • -by state (2)
  • --female (1)
  • --male (1)
  • Slave owners , See.. Slaveholders
  • Slave population (27)
  • -by city (Southern) (1)
  • -colonial (2)
  • -estimates, annual (1)
  • -fugitive (3)
  • -height (1)
  • -manumitted (3)
  • -by race (1)
  • -by sex (1)
  • -by state (6)
  • Slave revolts (3)
  • Slave states (3)
  • Slave trade (9)
  • -by colony (2)
  • -by origin or destination (2)
  • -prices (4)
  • -colonial (1)
  • Slaveholders (2)
  • -families, by state (1)
  • -by size of slaveholdings (1)
  • Slavery (10)
  • -abolition (1)
  • -in Antebellum South (1)
  • -in colonial North America (1)
  • -definition (1)
  • -economics (4)
  • --gross domestic product and gross national product (3)
  • -emancipation (1)

  • Books and Others
    Writing Legislation: Legislative Drafting Manual 2014 Edition for DC

    Compensated Emancipation in the District of Columbia: Petitions under the Act of April 16, 1862 by Dorothy S. Provine
    Lists slave owners and their slaves in Washington DC Area

    Emancipation in the District of Columbia, Letter from the Secretary of the Treasury, 1864 House of Representative 38th Congress, 1st Session Ex Doc 42
    Lists slave owners and their slaves in Washington DC Area

    Slavery
    Institutional slavery : slaveholding churches, schools, colleges, and businesses in Virginia, 1680-1860 byJennifer Oast,
    Planter's progress : modernizing Confederate Georgia
    Organizations
    Washington, DC
    --Building Built by Slaves
    Slave Building the Capitol and other links.
    Records of payments from the commissioners for the District of Columbia to slave owners for the rental of slaves to work on the Capitol.
    Building the Capitol: Lists companies building Dome.
    Fact Sheet on slavery in the White House <

    Links of articles on slavery in the White House

    Publication by the Office of the Architect of the Capitol describing the history of slave labor

    Article of slave Philip Reid casting the statute of Freedom

    6 Historic Structures in America Built by Slaves, include Railroads with company names
    and the University of North Carolina Chapel


    Interview of Writer Jesse Holland on How Slaves Built the White House and the U.S. Capitol

    Some Organizations Owning slaves

    Riggs family papers, 1763-1945 may indicate slave ownership

    Georgetown University (the Jesuits college)owned slaves and sold over 200 in the 1830's to keep the institution going.New York Times article

    Article of a Jesuit slave and the plantation he was on. The New York Times

    Georgetown University: "The Georgetown Slavery Archives" documents slavery at Georgetown

    "The Incomplete List of US Companies & Universities That Benefited From Black Slavery"

    Law Suits Filed Against Companies that Profited from Slavery: 2002 Fox News

    Corporations Challenged by Activists. List Insurance companies and others 2002 USA Today

    African Americans and the Federal Census, 1790–1930: Describes Holding of National Archives. ancestry.com does have Census records digitized.

    The Road to Recovery Act