Black History Research Articles


This is a collection of research articles about Blacks in Vermont, mostly published in the Vermont Historical Society's journal Vermont History. Articles about abolition, the Underground Railroad, and the Civil War are not included here unless they reveal something about Vermonter's attitudes towards Blacks. This is not an exhaustive collection. Researchers should consult other sources for additional articles and books.

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The Buffalo Soldiers in Vermont, 1909-1913
In July 1909, the Tenth United States Cavalry Regiment, one of four regular army black regiments collectively known as the Buffalo Soldiers, arrived in Burlington, Vermont, to begin a four-year tour of duty at Fort Ethan Allen in neighboring…

Vermont attitudes toward slavery : the need for a closer look
The fact that a segment of Vermont's population in the first half of the nineteenth century at least tolerated, if not supported, slavery needs further examination. Graffagnino points to prominent Vermonters who opposed as well as a minority of…

Slavery in Burlington? : an historical note
This brief article lays out strong evidence that Lucy Caroline (Allen) Hitchcock, daughter of Ethan Allen, was the owner of two slaves, Lavinia Parker and her son Francis, between 1835-1841 in Burlington, Vermont.