Anti – Slavery before the Civil War; Illinois and Indiana


The Slavery Issue & the Underground Railroad: Books and Articles for Illinois and Indiana



The list below includes books and articles on the site’s Illinois and Indiana pages. This site has similar resources for Ohio, Wisconsin and Michigan, so please check the same subject pages for those states, which you can reach from the home page.

Some of the histories found on the each state General History webpage contain a chapter or two on slavery as a political issue. You may wish to check the ‘Tables of Contents’ of volumes covering the 19th century prior to the Civil War.


Click on the page name to open it in a new tab, and you’ll find the recommended works there. They are listed alphabetically, by author.
For tips on reading online and downloading, see the note at the bottom of this page.




Illinois Biographies and Memoirs

Grierson, Francis, The Valley of Shadows

Illinois Politics & Government

Smith, Theodore Clarke, The Liberty and Free Soil Parties in the Northwest

Illinois Social History

Harris, Norman D., History of Negro Slavery in Illinois and of the Slavery Agitation in that State

Tanner, Henry, The Martyrdom of Lovejoy

Indiana Biographies and Memoirs

Coffin, Levi, Reminiscences of Levi Coffin, the reputed president of the Underground railroad etc.

Indiana Politics & Government

Dunn, J. P. Jr. Indiana: A Redemption from Slavery

Indiana Social History

Cockrum, William M., Col., History of the Underground Railroad as it was Conducted by the Anti-slavery League etc.

Elliot, Helen, “Frances Wright’s Experiment with Negro Emancipation”

Federal Writers Project, Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves: Indiana Narratives

U.S. History; Constitutional Period to 1845

Hart, Albert Bushnell, Slavery and Abolition 1831-1841



Tips for Reading Online and Downloading

More than half the books on our website at History of the Great Lakes States are hosted by Internet Archive or Open Library. They are sister organizations and use the same online viewer application. In most cases this viewer will give you nearly perfect text if you;

1. switch from the double-page to the single-page view by using the icons in the bottom right corner, and;

2. Keep zooming in until the text snaps into a clear focus.

Using the single-page view allows you to scroll pages down with your mouse wheel.

You can download books from these two sites by clicking on the book name at the top-left corner of the page (in the viewer) to get to the download menu.


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