Answered By: Jeffrey Orrico Last Updated: Feb 01, 2017 Views: 40
We have several such works (generally known as "slave narratives") in our print collection, as well as our e-book subscriptions. Some have been published on public internet sites. A bibliography of these resources is included on the "In Their Own Words" page of our LibGuides Emancipation: Up From Slavery. Those with Connecticut connections include individuals born in Connecticut as well as others who escaped and settled in Connecticut (Venture Smith, James Mars, William Grimes, Rev. G.W. Offley, and James L. Smith).
As you may know, some records also exist of statements by the captives on the slave ship Amistad, both from the famous trial in New Haven and afterwards, when they spoke publicly in connection with the abolitionist movement. If you'd like help locating archival newspaper reports and other historical records of these individuals, our reference librarians will be glad to assist.