Suggestions wanted on sources for the US Navy’s war on the slave trade

I’m taking a seminar on African history this semester, and we’re supposed to write a substantial research paper on a topic in which Africa intersects with our own area of research.

Inspired by my visit to the USS Constellation a few months ago, I thought I might look into the US Navy’s suppression of the slave trade in the Civil War era, maybe examining how this activity changed between the Buchanan and Lincoln administrations or something along those lines.

So here’s a question for you naval history folks out there.  What sources would you suggest?  I know where to go to find presidential documents, but I want to see what the Navy itself was doing, and if possible get some accounts from the sailors who were confronting the slave trade in person to see how they felt about it.  Help a landlubber like me get started.

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4 responses to “Suggestions wanted on sources for the US Navy’s war on the slave trade

  1. Simon

    http://www.amazon.com/USS-Constellation-Dismal-Coast-1859-1861/dp/1611172896/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1410793654&sr=8-4&keywords=uss+constellation

    You’ve probably already seen this one, but it has been on my wish list for too long. It seems to be a quality primary document about the experiences of a Sailor.

  2. Michael, John Taylor Wood, who went on to be a noted CS naval officer, served in the U.S. Navy on patrol off Africa. He wrote about it many years later. Downloadable in multiple formats.

    http://www.munseys.com/book/9683/CAPTURE_OF_A_SLAVER,_THE

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