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Classics

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: an American Slave
by Frederick Douglass

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Uncle Tom's Cabin, or Life Among the Lowly
by Harriet Beecher Stowe

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The Autobiography of Malcolm X

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Up from Slavery
by Booker T. Washington

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The Souls of Black Folk
by W.E.B. DuBois

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  A Call to Conscience: The Landmark Speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King

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William Lloyd Garrison and the Fight Against Slavery - Selections From the Liberator and the Fight Against Slavery ed. by William Cain

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The Trials of Anthony Burns: Freedom and Slavery in Emerson's Boston by David S. Reynolds

Anthony Burns, a runaway slave, was captured in the north and brought to trial in Boston - -and never again could Northerners look the other way.

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"Negro President": Jefferson and the Slave Power by Gary Willis

The best-selling historian Garry Wills explores a controversial and neglected aspect of Thomas Jefferson's presidency: it was achieved by virtue of slave "representation," and conducted to preserve that advantage

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A President in the Family: Thomas Jefferson, Sally Hemmings, and Thomas Woodson by Byron Woodson

Another side of American history. The story of the Woodson family, those descended from the first son of the slave Sally Hemmings and Thomas Jefferson and their 200 year battle for recognition.

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The Diligent: A Voyage Through the African Slave Trade by Robert Harms

This history is of one voyage of one French ship in the 18th century slave trade. Based upon the journal of First Lieutenant Robert Durand, it offers new insight into the slave trade.

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Arguing About Slavery: John Quincy Adams and the Great Battle in the United States Congress
by William Lee Miller

For the student of history, a fascinating account of the debate on slavery in America

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Slavery: a World History
by Milton Meltzer

an excellent comprehensive account of world wide slavery throughout history - the best world history slavery resource available

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Black Mutiny, the Revolt on the Schooner Amistad by William A. Owens

The book on which the film Amistad was based

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The Civitas Anthology of African American Slave Narratives edited by William L. Andrews and Henry Louis Gates

A great source of slave narratives

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From Slavery to Freedom: a History of African Americans by John Hope Franklin

A well-told story of African Americans from first entry to the United States as slaves to the abolition of slavery

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Lest We Forget:The Passage From Slavery to Emancipation by Velma Maia Thomas

Based on the Black Holocaust Exhibit, Lest We Forget

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The Peculiar Institution: Slavery in the Ante-Bellum South by Kenneth Milton Stampp

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Remembering Slavery: African Americans Talk About Their Personal Experiences of Slavery and Freedom by Ira Berlin

This beautiful book comes with an audio tape containing interviews with former slaves

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Slavery: Opposing Viewpoints by Stephen Currie

For the student of history, this book shows both sides of the slavery debate

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Beloved by Toni Morrison

A powerful novel about the meaning of slavery. Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 1988

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Africans in America, America's Journey Through Slavery by Charles Johnson

An excellent account of slavery in America

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A complete and well-written account of the Haitian slave revolts

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Dramatization

Amistad

factually based film tells the story of the slave revolt on the Amistad and the subsequent legal wrangling in the American courts over slavery - a realistic portrayal of slavery's brutality. Rated R

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