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Land Acknowledgment, First Nations of New York, Native American Histories: Anti-Slavery and Reform 1800-1860

Land acknowledgment guide and historical resources.

Anti-Slavery and Abolitionist Papers and Collections

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NYC's Early African American Settlements

The Land of the Blacks (also Negro Frontier or Free Negro Lots) was a village settled by people of African descent north of the wall of New Amsterdam from about 1643 to 1716. It represented an economic, legal and military modus vivendi reached with the Dutch West India Company in the wake of Kieft's War. This buffer area with the native Lenape is sometimes considered the first free African settlement in North America, although the landowners had half-free status. (from  "Land of the Blacks (Manhattan)." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 15 Jul. 2021. Web. 10 Aug. 2021.)

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The Missing Chapter: Untold Stories of the African American Presence in the Mid-Hudson Valley

New York Central College

American Colonization Society

"The American Colonization Society (ACS; in full, "The Society for the Colonization of Free People of Color of America"), ...was the primary vehicle to support the return of free African Americans to what was considered greater freedom in Africa." (From

Hidden Heritage - the story of Reverend James Murphy

Hidden Heritage Intro


Courtesy of the Cornell University Law Library.

"I will be heard!": Abolitionism in America online exhibition

Harriet Tubman Resources

A map of four key locations in the life of Harriet TubmanHarriet Tubman 1868-1869 Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

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American Authors in the Nineteenth Century: Whitman, Dickinson, Longfellow, Stowe, and Poe Teacher's Guide

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