Books on Slavery in America – African American History Books PDF

Slavery and Abolition 1831-1841 (American Nation, Vol. 16) – Books on Slavery in America

Hart, Albert Bushnell
1906        Dewey Dec.    973.5

“The book has the double purpose of describing the conditions of slavery and the state of mind of those interested for it or against it, and at the same time of recording the events which mark the anti-slavery agitation.” – Author’s Preface. African American history books pdf.

The Negro in Ohio, 1802-1870

Hickok, Charles Thomas
Cleveland: Williams 1896

A PhD dissertation in the department of History and Economics at Western Reserve University. Chapter headings are:

1. The Slavery Clause in the Ordinance of 1787
2. The Struggle for Political Equality from the Formation of the State to the Ratification of the Fifteenth Amendment
3. Educational and Industrial Opportunities enjoyed by the Negro
4. Observations on the Slavery Sentiment in the State. Books on slavery in America.

Facts on File Encyclopedia of Black Women in America (6 vols) – Books to Read about African American History

Hine, Darlene Clark, ed.
Facts on File 1996        Dewey Dec.    305.8

Apparently intended for middle to high school-age students, this volume (one of an eleven-volume set) presents a historical overview of Black women in America followed by alphabetically arranged entries listing important Black women and the organizations they founded. Six titles of eleven are available. Subtitles available are: Education; Science, Health & Medicine; The Early Years 1617-1899; Dance, Sports and Visual Arts; Business & Professions; Literature. African American history books pdf, books on slavery in America.

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Slavery and the Making of America – Books on Slavery in America

Horton, James Oliver and Horton, Lois E.
Oxford Univ. 2005         Dewey Dec.    326

“The history of slavery is central to understanding the history of the United States. Slavery and the Making of America offers a richly illustrated, vividly written history that illuminates the human side of this inhumane institution, presenting it largely through stories of the slaves themselves. Readers will discover a wide ranging and sharply nuanced look at American slavery, from the first Africans brought to British colonies in the early seventeenth century to the end of Reconstruction. The authors document the horrors of slavery, particularly in the deep South, and describe the valiant struggles to escape bondage, from dramatic tales of slaves such as William and Ellen Craft to Dred Scott’s doomed attempt to win his freedom through the Supreme Court. We see how slavery set our nation on the road of violence, from bloody riots that broke out in American cities over fugitive slaves, to the cataclysm of the Civil War… With more than one hundred illustrations, Slavery and the Making of America is a gripping account of the struggles of African Americans against the iniquity of slavery.” -Publisher

Soul by Soul: Life Inside the Antebellum Slave Market – Books on Slavery in America

Johnson, Walter
Harvard Univ. 1999         Dewey Dec.    326

“This work tells the story of slavery in antebellum America by moving away from the cotton plantations and into the slave market itself, the heart of the domestic slave trade. Taking the reader inside the New Orleans slave market, the largest in the nation, where 100,000 men, women, and children were packaged, priced and sold, the author transforms the statistics of this chilling trade into the human drama of traders, buyers, and slaves, negotiating sales that would alter the life of each. What emerges is not only the brutal economics of trading but the vast interdependencies among those involved. Using recently discovered material, Johnson reveals the tenuous shifts of power that occurred in the market’s slave coffles and showrooms. Traders packaged their slaves by feeding them up, dressing them well, and oiling their bodies. Johnson depicts the subtle interrelation of capitalism, paternalism, class consciousness, racism and resistance in the slave market.” -Publisher

Contents: The chattel principle — Between the prices — Making a world out of slaves — Turning people into products — Reading bodies and marking race — Acts of sale — Life in the shadow of the slave market — Southern history and the slave trade. Books on slavery in America.

Selected Articles on the Negro Problem – Books to Read about African American History

Johnsen, Julia E., comp.
H. W. Wilson 1921        Dewey Dec.    305.8

In the first decades of the 20th century publisher H.W. Wilson produced many volumes in its Debaters’ Handbook Series on social and political issues that were under discussion at the time. Each book contains the full text of selected articles and documents representing opposing views on the issue, along with a substantial bibliography of books and articles.

Most of the books mentioned in these guides are likely to be freely available online. Search by title; first at the Internet Archive (, then at Referenced magazine articles may also be available online at the same sites, with HathiTrust the preferred site for magazines. African American history books pdf.

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Waiting ’til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America – Books to Read about African American History

Joseph, Peniel E.
Henry Holt 2006         Dewey Dec.    323.1

“Once in a while a book comes along that projects the spirit of an era; this is one of them . . . Vibrant and expressive . . . A well-researched and well-written work.” –The Philadelphia Inquirer
With the rallying cry of “Black Power!” in 1966, a group of black activists, including Stokely Carmichael and Huey P. Newton, turned their backs on Martin Luther King’s pacifism and, building on Malcolm X’s legacy, pioneered a radical new approach to the fight for equality. Drawing on original archival research and more than sixty original oral histories, Peniel E. Joseph vividly invokes the way in which Black Power redefined black identity and culture and in the process redrew the landscapeof American race relations. In a series of character-driven chapters, we witness the rise of Black Power groups such as the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and the Black Panthers, and with them, on both coasts of the country, a fundamental change in the way Americans understood the unfinished business of racial equality and integration.” -Publisher. African American history books pdf.

I Dream a World: Portraits of Black Women who Changed America – Books to Read about African American History

Lanker, Brian and Summers, Barbara
Stewart, Tabori & Chang 1989        Dewey Dec.    305.4

A doubled-paged format of photographs, brief biographical information, and first-person accounts of women from all walks of life.

The African American Almanac – Books to Read about African American History

Lehman, Jeffrey
Gale 2003        Dewey Dec.    305.8

“The African American Almanac provides a range of historical and current information on African American history, society and culture and includes coverage of such topics as Africa and the African diaspora; film and television; landmarks; national organizations; population; religion; science and technology; sports; and more. Users will also find chronologies, texts of important documents, legislation, speeches, biographical profiles, essays, and approximately 600 photographs, illustrations, maps and statistical charts (from 2000 U.S. census data) and more recent reports to help them with their research. A bibliography lists more than 300 books and online resources for further study. Includes a cumulative subject index.” -Publisher. African American history books pdf.

Out of the House of Bondage; A Discussion of the Race Problem – Books to Read about African American History

Miller, Kelly
NY: Neale 1914        Dewey Dec.    305.8

Professor Miller was the Dean of the College of Arts and Science at Howard University, the premier African-American university. This is a collection of essays that had appeared in leading magazines over a few years prior to 1914. Chapter headings are: – Oath of Afro-American Youth, – A Moral Axiom, – Out of the House of Bondage, – The Physical Destiny of the American Negro, – Education for Manhood, – Crime Among Negroes, – The American Negro as a Political Factor, – Fifty Years of Negro Education, – Negroes in Professional Pursuits, – “The Negro in the New World” and “The Conflict of Color”, – The Ministry, – The Ultimate Race Problem, – I See and am Satisfied. Books on slavery in America, frican American history books pdf.

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Days of Sorrow, Years of Glory, 1831-1850 – Books to Read about African American History

From the Nat Turner Revolt to the Fugitive Slave Law

Paulson, Timothy J.
Chelsea House 1994        Dewey Dec.    973.5

A volume in the series ‘Milestones in Black American History’. “…chronicles the action-filled years between Turner’s epochal revolt and Congress’s passage of the disastrous Fugitive Slave Act of 1850. A time of bondage for millions of African Americans, this was also a period when free blacks were demonstrating remarkable battlefield skills and producing a stunning array of industrial inventions, novels and memoirs, music, newspapers, sermons, and political oratory.” -Publisher.

Contents: Two decades of struggle – Blood on the corn – Way down in Egypt land – The Underground railroad – “This Savage and negro War” – “Frederick, Is God Dead?” – The Fugitive Slave Law. African American History books pdf, books on slavery in America.

The Transatlantic Slave Trade: A History – Books on Slavery in America

Rawley, James H.
Norton 1981        Dewey Dec.    380

“The transatlantic slave trade played a major role in the development of the modern world. It both gave birth to and resulted from the shift from feudalism into the European Commercial Revolution. James A. Rawley fills a scholarly gap in the historical discussion of the slave trade from the fifteenth to the nineteenth century by providing one volume covering the economics, demography, epidemiology, and politics of the trade.” -Publisher
The early years of the slave trade — The Portuguese pioneers — Spain and the slave trade — The Dutch and the Danes — France: the early years — France in the eighteenth century — England gains ascendancy — Bristol — Liverpool — London and the eighteenth-century slave trade — The economics of the slave trade — The middle passage — Americans enter the slave trade — The American dimensions and the Massachusetts contribution — Rhode Island — The American slave market. Books on slavery in America.

Slave Country: American Expansion and the Origins of the Deep South – Books on Slavery in America

Rothman, Adam
Harvard Univ. 2005 Dewey Dec. 973.4

Slave Country tells the tragic story of the expansion of slavery in the new United States. In the wake of the American Revolution, slavery gradually disappeared from the northern states and the importation of captive Africans was prohibited. Yet, at the same time, the country’s slave population grew, new plantation crops appeared, and several new slave states joined the Union. Adam Rothman explores how slavery flourished in a new nation dedicated to the principle of equality among free men, and reveals the enormous consequences of U.S. expansion into the region that became the Deep South.
Rothman maps the combination of transatlantic capitalism and American nationalism that provoked a massive forced migration of slaves into Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi. He tells the fascinating story of collaboration and conflict among the diverse European, African, and indigenous peoples who inhabited the Deep South during the Jeffersonian era, and who turned the region into the most dynamic slave system of the Atlantic world. Paying close attention to dramatic episodes of resistance, rebellion, and war, Rothman exposes the terrible violence that haunted the Jeffersonian vision of republican expansion across the American continent.
Slave Country combines political, economic, military, and social history in an elegant narrative that illuminates the perilous relation between freedom and slavery in the early United States. This book is essential reading for anyone interested in an honest look at America’s troubled past.

“Rothman challenges us to consider how and why slavery expanded into newly acquired territory in the Old Southwest. Thoughtful, provocative, and innovative, ‘Slave Country’ illuminates the rise of the Cotton Kingdom with all its tragic consequences.” author Randy Sparks.

Contents: Jefferson’s horizon — Civilizing the cotton frontier — Commerce and slavery in lower Louisiana — The wartime challenge — Fulfilling the slave country. Books on slavery in America.

Family Properties: Race, Real Estate, and the Exploitation of Black Urban America – Books to Read about African American History

Satter, Beryl
Metropolitan 2009        Dewey Dec.    363.5

Part family story and part urban history, a landmark investigation of segregation and urban decay in Chicago—and cities across the nation
The “promised land” for thousands of Southern blacks, postwar Chicago quickly became the most segregated city in the North, the site of the nation’s worst ghettos and the target of Martin Luther King Jr.’s first campaign beyond the South. In this powerful book, Beryl Satter identifies the true causes of the city’s black slums and the ruin of urban neighborhoods throughout the country: not, as some have argued, black pathology, the culture of poverty, or white flight, but a widespread and institutionalized system of legal and financial exploitation.
In Satter’s riveting account of a city in crisis, unscrupulous lawyers, slumlords, and speculators are pitched against religious reformers, community organizers, and an impassioned attorney who launched a crusade against the profiteers—the author’s father, Mark J. Satter. At the heart of the struggle stand the black migrants who, having left the South with its legacy of sharecropping, suddenly find themselves caught in a new kind of debt peonage. Satter shows the interlocking forces at work in their oppression: the discriminatory practices of the banking industry; the federal policies that created the country’s shameful “dual housing market”; the economic anxieties that fueled white violence; and the tempting profits to be made by preying on the city’s most vulnerable population.
A monumental work of history, this tale of racism and real estate, politics and finance, will forever change our understanding of the forces that transformed urban America. African American history books pdf.

Like Men of War: Black Troops in the Civil War, 1862-1865 – Books to Read about African American History

Trudeau, Noah Andre
Back Bay 1999 Dewey Dec. 973.7

In 1862 – more than a year into the Civil War – most Americans believed that blacks did not have the courage, intelligence, or discipline to make combat soldiers. But by war’s end, more then 175,000 African Americans had served in the Union Army. From the first actions along the Mississippi River to the celebrated attack on Fort Wagner to the final skirmishes of the war, black troops more than proved their courage. Like Men of War recounts the complete, battle-by-battle history of these soldiers, beginning with the first unofficial ex-slave regiments and the push to organize all-black federal regiments. Drawing on newspapers, soldiers’ diaries, and letters, acclaimed Civil War historian Noah Andre Trudeau offers a richly textured and unforgettable account of African-American soldiers in battle. This thoroughly researched and engaging history brings these soldiers vividly to life in their own words as they relate their battle experiences and their thoughts on the war and race. Books on slavery in America, African American history books pdf.

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African Americans in Michigan – Books to Read about African American History

Walker, Lewis et al.
Michigan State University 2001

“African Americans, as free laborers and as slaves, were among the earliest permanent residents of Michigan, settling among the French, British, and Native people with whom they worked and farmed. Lewis Walker and Benjamin Wilson recount the long history of African American communities in Michigan, delineating their change over time, as migrants from the South, East, and overseas made their homes in the state. Moreover, the authors show how Michigan’s development is inextricably joined with the vitality and strength of its African American residents. In a related chapter, Linwood Cousins examines youth culture and identity in African American schools, linking education with historical and contemporary issues of economics, racism, and power.” -Publisher. African American history books pdf, books on slavery in America.

The Negro in Detroit: A Survey of the Conditions of a Negro Group in a Northern Industrial Center during the War Prosperity Period – Books to Read about African American History

Washington, Forrester B.
Detroit: Research Bureau, Associated Charities of Detroit 1920

An Imperfect God: George Washington, His Slaves, and the Creation of America – Books on Slavery in America

Wiencek, Henry
Thorndike 2004 Dewey Dec. 973.4

“When George Washington wrote his will, he made the startling decision to set his slaves free; earlier he had said that holding slaves was his “only unavoidable subject of regret.” In this groundbreaking work, Henry Wiencek explores the founding father’s engagement with slavery at every stage of his life–as a Virginia planter, soldier, politician, president and statesman. Wiencek’s revelatory narrative, based on a meticulous examination of private papers, court records, and the voluminous Washington archives, documents for the first time the moral transformation culminating in Washington’s determination to emancipate his slaves. He acted too late to keep the new republic from perpetuating slavery, but his repentance was genuine. And it was perhaps related to the possibility–as the oral history of Mount Vernon’s slave descendants has long asserted–that a slave named West Ford was the son of George and a woman named Venus; Wiencek has new evidence that this could indeed have been true.” – Publisher. African American History books, books on slavery in America.

Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965 – Books to Read about African American History

Williams, Juan
Penguin 2002         Dewey Dec.    323.1

From the Montgomery bus boycott to the Little Rock Nine to the Selma-Montgomery march, thousands of ordinary people made up the American civil rights movement; their stories are told in Eyes on the prize. From leaders like Martin Luther King, Jr., to lesser-known participants like Barbara Rose Johns and Jim Zwerg, each man and woman made the decision that discrimination was wrong and that something had to be done to stop it. These moving accounts and pictures of the first decade of the civil rights movement are a tribute to — and a reminder of — the people, black and white, who took part in the fight for justice, keeping their eyes on the prize of freedom. African American history books pdf.

The Origins of American Slavery: Freedom and Bondage in the English Colonies – Books on Slavery in America

Wood, Betty
Hill and Wang 1997        Dewey Dec.    973.2

Though the English did not begin their colonization of the New World with the intention of enslaving anyone, by the end of the seventeenth century chattel slavery existed in each of England’s American colonies. Why? And why did the English enslave West Africans rather than native Americans or Europeans? Historians have usually stressed either racial ideology or determining economic and demographic factors, but Betty Wood suggests that a more complex rationale was at work. In this important new analysis, Wood begins by exploring the meanings of freedom and bondage in sixteenth-century English thought and the ideas that men and women of Tudor England had about Africans and native Americans. She studies their prejudices against non-Christians, their responses to models of slavery in the Spanish and French colonies, and their assessment of their own labor shortages, and in the light of these various factors interprets the decision of the English to resort to slave labor in the colonies. She then follows the spread of slavery through the seventeenth century, from the Caribbean and the Carolinas to Virginia tobacco country and finally among the Puritans and Quakers farther north. African American history books pdf.

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