Tuesday, November 12, 2019


This searchable database includes over 1400 records on legal documents on  Enslaved Africans and Descendants.  The time period covered is  1865 through 1963.


Dates Total
1865 to 1899 1011
1900 to 1949 403
1950 to 1964 55

Documents were gathered through  an electronic database search using the following search terms:  ((African or black or negro or colored)  in the same sentence with (slave or slavery or enslaved  or descendant) 

Most Relevant Documents had  ((slave or slavery or enslaved or descendant) ) in the title. If you search for the term "Most Relevant" you will get these documents.

The documents were not reviewed and may only be tangentially related to the topic. Furthermore, it is possible that an inappropriate article is included in the database. If you think an article is racist, sexist, homophobic, Islamophobic or otherwise inappropriate,  please email with the (1) the name of the database and (2) the complete name of the article.

This database has two visible pages  - list of all records (initially) or records that meet the condition (upon search), and a detailed view of the selected record. When you click on any record in the list,  a detailed report will be returned for the selected record. Each record includes, at a minimum, title, citation. Some records include summaries.


Document Type  Number
Administrative Decisions & Guidance 12
Arbitration Materials 0
Briefs 0
Cases 1357
Expert Materials 0
Jury Verdicts & Settlements 0
Law Review Articles and Other Secondary Sources 84
Legislation (Proposed & Enacted ) 0
Trial Court Documents 0
Trial Court Orders


TOTAL 1468
Most  Relevant 11


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Vernellia R. Randall
Founder and Editor
Professor Emerita of Law
The University of Dayton School of Law


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