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Explanatory Essays

Personal Profiles








  • Currency: What is a pistole?
  • A discussion of the sometimes-confusing topic of eighteen-century currency.

  • Glossary of Terms
  • A glossary of terms used in the runaway advertisements. Many of the terms used in the 18th- and 19th-century advertisements had different meanings than today's terms. The glossary is designed to aid the student in understanding the earlier menaings of the words used in the advertisements.

Teaching Materials


  • Pictorial Images of the Transatlantic Slave Trade
    A collection of paintings, sketches, engravings, maps, and other visual representations of enslaved Africans' experiences from Africa, through the Middle Passage, and in the western hemisphere, dating from the 1600s, compiled by Jerome S. Handler and Michael L. Tuite, Jr.
  • Virtual Jamestown
    A collection of historical resources relating to the early years of Jamestown, Virginia, including court records, letters and personal accounts by settlers, labor contracts of English indentured servants, an interactive tour, and numerous other primary historical materials.