History, Slavery

45 Must Read Books about American Slavery

Books about American slavery (1)

August 11, 1841 – Frederick Douglass, an escaped slave, spoke before an audience in the North for the first time. During an anti-slavery convention on Nantucket Island, he gave a powerful, emotional account of his life as a slave. His famous speech solidified him as a leader of the abolitionist movement. He was immediately asked to become a full-time lecturer for the Massachusetts Antislavery Society.

To honor Frederick Douglas and his contributions to the abolishment of slavery we have composed a list of books on this important subject.

Books about American slavery

A list of some of the best books dealing with slavery in the US over the years.
  1. Escape from slavery : the boyhood of Frederick Douglass in his own words Douglass, Frederick, 1818-1895.
  2. Roots: The Saga of an American Family by Alex Haley
  3. Kindred by Octavia E. Butler
  4. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  5. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs
  6. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  7. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  8. The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
  9. Wench by Dolen Perkins-Valdez
  10. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  11. Narrative of the Life of Frederick DouglassNarrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass
  12. The Known World by Edward P. Jones
  13. Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup
  14. Jubilee by Margaret Walker
  15. The Book of Night Women by Marlon James
  16. Cane River by Lalita Tademy
  17. A Mercy by Toni Morrison
  18. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  19. The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X
  20. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  21. Queen by Alex Haley
  22. Sacred Hunger by Barry Unsworth
  23. Chains (Seeds of America, #1) by Laurie Halse Anderson
  24. Up from Slavery by Booker T. Washington
  25. Amistad by David Pesci
  26. The Pox Party (The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, #1) by M.T. Anderson
  27. The Feast of All Saints by Anne Rice
  28. The Confessions of Nat Turner by William Styron
  29. I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly: The Diary of Patsy, a Freed Girl, Mars Bluff, South Carolina, 1865 by Joyce Hansen
  30. The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
  31. A Respectable Trade (Historical Novels) by Philippa Gregory
  32. The House Girl by Tara Conklin
  33. To Be a Slave by Julius Lester
  34. A Picture of Freedom: The Diary of Clotee, a Slave Girl, Belmont Plantation, Virginia 1859 by Patricia C. McKissack
  35. Copper Sun by Sharon M. Draper
  36. The Healing by Jonathan Odell
  37. Pudd’nhead Wilson/Those Extraordinary Twins by Mark Twain
  38. Slaves In The Family by Edward Ball
  39. The underground railroad : a novel by Colson Whitehead
  40. Glory over everything : beyond the Kitchen house by Kathleen Grissom
  41. Slavery : real people and their stories of enslavement by Reg Grant
  42. The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery by Eric Foner
  43. Remembering Slavery: African Americans Talk About Their Personal Experiences of Slavery and Freedom by Ira Berlin (Editor)
  44. The Butler: A Witness to History by Wil Haygood
  45. Homegoing: A Novel by  Yaa Gyasi

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