Tuesday, November 12, 2019


Five Generations of Enslaved FamilyThis searchable database includes over 20000+ records on legal documents on  Enslaved Africans and Descendants.  The time period covered is 1before1865. There are summaries of legal documents dating to 1721.

Dates Total
1700 to 1749 45
1750 to 1799 565
1800 to 1849 12251
1850 to 1864 8610

  Documents were gathered through  an electronic database search using the following search terms: 

african or slave or slavery or enslaved or or mulattoes or enslavement or (free  within one word of man woman child) or negro or (person of color) or colored or coloured

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 161
Arbitration Materials 0
Briefs 0
Cases 20950
Expert Materials 0
Jury Verdicts & Settlements 0
Law Review Articles and Other Secondary Sources 0
Legislation (Proposed & Enacted ) 0
Trial Court Documents 0
Trial Court Orders 360
TOTAL 21471
Most  Relevant 500


 Patrons can get an abstract of an article placed on the website. 
Go Patreon.com, signup as a patron and then submit your request for the article. 

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


Thie list provides notice of UPDATES. There is generally one email per month. Your email is not sold or shared with anyone.