By A Thread: An Examination of Chattel Slavery at the Capstone


The institution of slavery played an integral role in the establishment and development of The University of Alabama. Although there are some records that remain, currently housed in Hoole Special Collections, it is difficult to determine the specific number of enslaved persons on campus, and what happened to them after emancipation. Instead of focusing on the life of an individual, this essay will focus on three receipts detailing clothing purchases made on behalf of enslaved persons throughout the antebellum period of the University’s history.

This is a student research project in satisfaction towards a graduate level American Studies course at the University of Alabama
Richardson, A. (2017): By A Thread: An Examination of Chattel Slavery at The Capstone. Colloquium Project Required by AMS 505 Master’s Degree Program at the University of Alabama.