- records from the Amistad case. The Spanish slave ship was illegally transporting African “cargo” in Cuba in 1839 (Spain had outlawed the slave trade) when the enslaved passengers revolted. The crew members sailed to Long Island Sound and the United States seized the ship. After a long trial, the Africans (whose counsel included former president John Quincy Adams) were declared free.
- the program from the Aug. 28, 1963, March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, during which Martin Luther King Jr. gave his “I Have a Dream” speech. Take a look, especially if your relative was one of the approximately 250,000 who marched.
- Southern Claims Commission records of southerners’ petitions for compensation for crops, livestock and other supplies Union troops seized during the Civil War. Testimony of witnesses, both black and white, appears in many claims. More than 20,000 claims were filed.
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