A new database was launched last week by HeinOnline and Professor Paul Finkelman: Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture, & Law announcement: http://help.heinonline.org/2016/10/now-available-free-for-everyone-slave...
As a Ph.D. student at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland who studies slavery and freedom, I have had to rely on the Metro, Interlibrary Loans and pleading to look at microform and yellowed editions of Helen Catterall’s Judicial Cases. As I work towards my dissertation, I lug heavy volumes around borrowed from institutions, or I attempt to budget a significant and critical resource. This open source database is a vital step away from these routines and towards accessibility of these critical resources to all who seek to learn from them.
The registration process is easy. After that, I was greeted with a friendly database to search. As we progress into the 21st century of digital databases and digital history, open source materials like this one are important for future scholarship.
I want to thank HeinOnline and Paul Finkelman for FREE access to this remarkable database. If you decide to register and use this database, I am hopeful also that you will be able to make a donation as suggested by HeinOnline to continue this much-needed scholarship as well as giving to “civil rights, equality and the advancement of color.”
Register today! http://home.heinonline.org/access-registration/
Candace Jackson Gray, doctoral student African American History, Baltimore, Maryland