Walter Vincent Johnson collection on slavery
- Johnson, Walter Vincent, 1889-1912 (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for use.
Conditions Governing Use
0.47 Cubic Feet (1 legal size document box)
Scope and Contents
The information came from both published compilations of primary sources and original manuscripts. Some of the documents Johnson used were held by the Historical Society of Delaware and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Other sources included Delaware church records and contemporary newspapers: The Delaware Gazette, Delaware and Eastern Shore Advertiser, and the Negroes and Indians Advocate.
Johnson interviewed an ex-slave, Margaret (Marge) Walker, for his study. She commented freely on all aspects of slave life. Notecards on this interview are in the collection, and are the only part of Johnson's work that cannot be reconstructed.
Johnson was interested in the social and economic conditions of slavery, and noted which aspect each source addressed. Although the note cards alone would be difficult to use, Johnson meticulously cited his sources, so one could turn to the original for more data.
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