Books about Slavery

  1. Go Down, Moses

    by William Faulkner
    A collection of interconnected stories about the McCaslin family and their relationship with the land and African Americans in the South.

    “I believe that man will not merely endure: he will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion ... (Goodreads)

  2. Underground Airlines

    by Ben H. Winters
    In a modern-day America where slavery still exists, a black bounty hunter is tasked with capturing escaped slaves.

    The novel is narrated by Victor, a former Person Bound to Labor ('peeb') who, after escaping the Hard Four, has been forced to work as an undercover agent for U.S. Marshal Bridge, infiltrating and ... (Wikipedia)

  3. Battle Cry of Freedom

    by James M. McPherson
    A comprehensive history of the American Civil War, focusing on the political and military aspects.

    Filled with fresh interpretations and information, puncturing old myths and challenging new ones, Battle Cry of Freedom will unquestionably become the standard one-volume history of the Civil War. ... (Goodreads)

  4. Sacred Hunger

    by Barry Unsworth
    A tale of greed, power, and slavery set in the 18th century. It explores the inhumanity of the slave trade and the corrupting influence of wealth.

    Sacred Hunger is a stunning and engrossing exploration of power, domination, and greed. Filled with the "sacred hunger" to expand its empire and its profits, England entered full into the slave trade ... (Goodreads)

  5. The Underground Railroad

    by Colson Whitehead
    An escaped slave's daring escape to freedom, fighting against the brutality of slavery.

    The story is told in the third person, focusing mainly on Cora. Scattered single chapters also focus on Cora's mother Mabel, the slavecatcher Ridgeway, a reluctant slave sympathizer named Ethel, and ... (Wikipedia)

  6. The Invention of Wings

    by Sue Monk Kidd
    A powerful story about a girl's journey to freedom, despite the limitations of slavery.

    Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world—and it is now ... (Goodreads)

  7. Sea of Poppies

    by Amitav Ghosh
    A colorful adventure across the Indian Ocean, bringing together a diverse ensemble of characters.

    At the heart of this vibrant saga is a vast ship, the Ibis. Her destiny is a tumultuous voyage across the Indian Ocean shortly before the outbreak of the Opium Wars in China. In a time of colonial ... (Goodreads)

  8. A Mercy

    by Toni Morrison
    An exploration of the human condition and the consequences of slavery in America.

    In the 1680s the slave trade in the Americas is still in its infancy. Jacob Vaark is an Anglo-Dutch trader and adventurer, with a small holding in the harsh North. Despite his distaste for dealing in ... (Goodreads)

  9. Beloved

    by Toni Morrison
    A haunting story of loss and resilience in the aftermath of slavery.

    Beloved begins in 1873 in Cincinnati, Ohio , where the protagonist Sethe, a formerly enslaved woman, has been living with her eighteen-year-old daughter Denver at 124 Bluestone Road. The book ... (Wikipedia)

  10. The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo

    by Tom Reiss
    Epic biography of the original Count of Monte Cristo, a forgotten black hero of the French Revolution.

    Here is the remarkable true story of the real Count of Monte Cristo – a stunning feat of historical sleuthing that brings to life the forgotten hero who inspired such classics as The Count of Monte ... (Goodreads)

  11. Gone with the Wind

    by Margaret Mitchell
    A sweeping portrait of love, loss, and survival in the American Civil War.

    Gone with the Wind takes place in the state of Georgia during the American Civil War (1861–1865) and the Reconstruction Era (1865–1877). The novel opens on the eve of a rebellion in which seven ... (Wikipedia)

  12. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

    by Harriet Ann Jacobs
    A harrowing account of a young woman's experiences as a slave in the American South.

    The true story of an individual's struggle for self-identity, self-preservation, and freedom, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl remains among the few extant slave narratives written by a woman. ... (Goodreads)

  13. The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano

    by Olaudah Equiano
    Autobiography of an African man detailing his capture, enslavement and eventual freedom.

    Widely admired for its vivid accounts of the slave trade, Olaudah Equiano's autobiography – the first slave narrative to attract a significant readership -- reveals many aspects of the ... (Goodreads)

  14. Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power

    by Jon Meacham
    Detailed biography of Thomas Jefferson, exploring the man and his unprecedented influence.

    In this magnificent biography, the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of American Lion and Franklin and Winston brings vividly to life an extraordinary man and his remarkable times. Thomas Jefferson: The ... (Goodreads)

  15. Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War

    by Tony Horwitz
    A gripping account of John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry, and how it ignited the Civil War.

    A, New York Times, Notable Book for 2011, A, Library Journal, Top Ten Best Books of 2011, A, Boston Globe, Best Nonfiction Book of 2011 Late on the night of October 16, 1859, John Brown launched a ... (Barnes & Noble)

  16. The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery

    by Eric Foner
    A comprehensive examination of Abraham Lincoln's evolving views on slavery and its role in American society.

    From a master historian, the story of Lincoln's—and the nation's—transformation through the crucible of slavery and emancipation. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the Bancroft Prize, and the Lincoln ... (Goodreads)

  17. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    by Mark Twain
    A young boy's journey down the Mississippi River, exploring morality, freedom, and friendship.

    The story begins in fictional St. Petersburg, Missouri (based on the actual town of Hannibal, Missouri ), on the shore of the Mississippi River "forty to fifty years ago" (the novel having been ... (Wikipedia)

  18. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

    by Frederick Douglass
    Memoir of a former slave's journey to freedom and his struggle for human rights.

    Born a slave circa1818 (slaves weren't told when they were born) on a plantation in Maryland, Douglass taught himself to read and write. In 1845, seven years after escaping to the North, he published ... (Goodreads)

  19. Grant

    by Ron Chernow
    Biography of U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant, exploring his life and legacy.

    Ulysses S. Grant's life has typically been misunderstood. All too often he is caricatured as a chronic loser and inept businessman, fond of drinking to excess; or as the triumphant but brutal Union ... (Goodreads)

  20. Uncle Tom's Cabin

    by Harriet Beecher Stowe
    An anti-slavery novel exploring themes of morality, faith, and justice.

    The book opens with a Kentucky farmer named Arthur Shelby facing the loss of his farm because of debts. Even though he and his wife Emily Shelby believe that they have a benevolent relationship with ... (Wikipedia)

  21. King Leopold's Ghost

    by Adam Hochschild
    A harrowing account of the colonization of the Congo and the exploitation of its people.

    In the 1880s, as the European powers were carving up Africa, King Leopold II of Belgium seized for himself the vast and mostly unexplored territory surrounding the Congo River. Carrying out a ... (Goodreads)

  22. Twelve Years a Slave

    by Solomon Northup
    A man's journey of survival and resilience after being kidnapped and sold into slavery in the antebellum South.

    Twelve Years a Slave, sub-title: Narrative of Solomon Northup, citizen of New-York, kidnapped in Washington city in 1841, and rescued in 1853, from a cotton plantation near the Red River in ... (Goodreads)

  23. March

    by Geraldine Brooks
    A story of courage and resilience during the Civil War, through the eyes of a father.

    Winner of the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. From the author of the acclaimed Year of Wonders , a historical novel and love story set during a time of catastrophe, on the front lines of the ... (Goodreads)

  24. The Last Runaway

    by Tracy Chevalier
    A young Quaker woman's struggle to find her place in a new country and a changing world.

    New York Times, bestselling author of, Girl With a Pearl Earring, Tracy Chevalier makes her first fictional foray into the American past in, The Last Runaway, bringing to life the Underground ... (Goodreads)

  25. Mistress of Rome

    by Kate Quinn
    The story of a slave girl and her rise to power in Ancient Rome.

    The first in an unforgettable historical saga from the, New York Times, and, USA Today, bestselling author of, The Alice Network., First-century Rome: A ruthless emperor watches over all–and fixes ... (Goodreads)

  26. The Best Defense

    by Robert Kirkman
    A lawyer's fight against a powerful corporation, risking his freedom to protect the innocent.

    As the survivors settle into their prison home something has drawn them out into the open... out of the prison... out of their sanctuary. This is a major turning point for the overall story of The ... (Goodreads)

  27. America's First Daughter

    by Stephanie Dray
    The life of Thomas Jefferson's beloved daughter, and her struggle between duty and freedom.

    THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER In a compelling, richly researched novel that draws from thousands of letters and original sources, bestselling authors Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie tell the ... (Barnes & Noble)

  28. The Known World

    by Edward P. Jones
    A story of a former slave turned landowner navigating the complex social dynamics of Antebellum America.

    One of the most acclaimed novels in recent memory, The Known World is a daring and ambitious work by Pulitzer Prize winner Edward P. Jones. The Known World tells the story of Henry Townsend, a black ... (Goodreads)

  29. Cane River

    by Lalita Tademy
    An epic tale tracing the history of four generations of African-American women in Louisiana.

    A, New York Times, bestseller and Oprah's Book Club Pick-the unique and deeply moving saga of four generations of African-American women whose journey from slavery to freedom begins on a Creole ... (Goodreads)

  30. Gulag: A History

    by Anne Applebaum
    A comprehensive account of the Soviet Union's notorious prison system, the history of its inhumane treatment of inmates.

    The Gulag–a vast array of Soviet concentration camps that held millions of political and criminal prisoners--was a system of repression and punishment that terrorized the entire society, embodying ... (Goodreads)

  31. Lincoln

    by David Herbert Donald
    Biography of Abraham Lincoln, detailing his rise to power and impact on the nation.

    A masterful work by Pulitzer Prize–winning author David Herbert Donald, Lincoln is a stunning portrait of Abraham Lincoln’s life and presidency. Donald brilliantly depicts Lincoln’s gradual ascent ... (Goodreads)

  32. Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave

    by Laban Carrick Hill
    The story of Dave, an enslaved potter who created beautiful works of art and inscribed them with his own poetry.

    To us,it is just dirt,the ground we walk on. . . .,But to Dave,it was clay,the plain and basic stuff,upon which he formed a life,as a slave nearly 200 years ago. Dave was an extraordinary artist, ... (Goodreads)

  33. Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom

    by Carole Boston Weatherford
    A poetic retelling of Harriet Tubman's journey to freedom, leading others to freedom, and her faith in God.

    I set the North Star in the heavens and I mean for you to be free.... Born into slavery, Harriet Tubman hears these words from God one summer night and decides to leave her husband and family behind ... (Goodreads)

  34. Roots: The Saga of an American Family

    by Alex Haley
    A multigenerational saga tracing the journey of an African American family in the U.S.

    Roots tells the story of Kunta Kinte —a young man taken from the Gambia when he was seventeen and sold as a slave—and seven generations of his descendants in the United States. Kunta, a Mandinka ... (Wikipedia)

  35. Island Beneath the Sea

    by Isabel Allende
    Epic story of a young slave's journey of resilience, emancipation and freedom.

    The story opens on the island of Saint-Domingue (current day La Hispaniola ) in the late 18th century. Zarité (known as Tété) is the daughter of an African mother she never knew and one of the white ... (Wikipedia)

  36. Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution 1863-1877

    by Eric Foner
    A comprehensive analysis of the Reconstruction era in America, exploring the political, social, and economic changes that occurred after the Civil War.

    This "masterful treatment of one of the most complex periods of American history" ( New Republic ) made history when it was originally published in 1988. It redefined how Reconstruction was viewed by ... (Goodreads)

  37. Antigone

    by Sophocles
    A tragedy about a woman's struggle to uphold justice amidst oppressive laws.

    The curse placed on Oedipus lingers and haunts a younger generation in this new and brilliant translation of Sophocles' classic drama. The daughter of Oedipus and Jocasta, Antigone is an ... (Goodreads)

  38. Citizen of the Galaxy

    by Robert A. Heinlein
    A young slave's journey to find his place in a chaotic galaxy, discovering the power of friendship and freedom.

    The novel is set in the future when the human race has developed interstellar spaceflight and is engaged in trade with a number of alien races. However human slavery has reappeared on some planets. ... (Wikipedia)

  39. The King's Buccaneer

    by Raymond E. Feist
    Band of adventurers embark on a daring mission to save a kingdom from a tyrant's machinations.

    Nicholas, as third son, is third in the line of succession of the Kingdom of the Isles. However, due to his gentle nature and a deformity, an underdeveloped left foot, his father, Prince Arutha, ... (Wikipedia)

  40. Pink and Say

    by Patricia Polacco
    A powerful story of friendship and courage between two Civil War soldiers.

    The story begins during the times of the Civil War. Sheldon Russell Curtis or "Say", a white Union Soldier is badly wounded on the battlefield. He tries to escape with an injured leg, but cannot due ... (Wikipedia)

  41. Chains

    by Laurie Halse Anderson
    A young girl's mission to secure her and her sister's freedom from enslavement.

    As the Revolutionary War begins, thirteen-year-old Isabel wages her own fight...for freedom. Promised freedom upon the death of their owner, she and her sister, Ruth, in a cruel twist of fate become ... (Goodreads)

  42. Yellow Crocus

    by Laila Ibrahim
    A story of courage and resilience in the face of slavery and racism in the Antebellum South.

    Moments after Lisbeth is born, she’s taken from her mother and handed over to an enslaved wet nurse, Mattie, a young mother separated from her own infant son in order to care for her tiny charge. ... (Goodreads)

  43. The Book of Negroes

    by Lawrence Hill
    A gripping tale of resilience and courage, tracing the life of a woman kidnapped in Africa and sold into slavery in North America.

    The Book of Negroes (based on the novel Someone Knows My Name) will be BET's first miniseries. The star-studded production includes lead actress Aunjanue Ellis (Ray, The Help), Oscar winner Cuba ... (Goodreads)

  44. Kindred

    by Octavia E. Butler
    A modern woman is thrown back in time, forced to confront the harsh realities of slavery.

    Kindred scholars have noted that the novel's chapter headings suggest something "elemental, apocalyptic, archetypal about the events in the narrative," thus giving the impression that the main ... (Wikipedia)

  45. Rifles for Watie

    by Harold Keith
    A story of resilience and courage set during the American Civil War.

    Jefferson Davis Bussey marches off to Leavenworth from Linn County, Kansas in 1861, on his way to join the Union volunteers. He is off to fight for the North, his zeal having been fueled by reaction ... (Wikipedia)

  46. Candle in the Darkness

    by Lynn Austin
    A woman's journey of faith and courage, set against the backdrop of the American Civil War.

    "A gripping tale told by a gifted writer."—Beverly Lewis Caroline Fletcher is caught in a nation split apart and torn between the ones she loves and a truth she can't deny , The daughter of a wealthy ... (Barnes & Noble)

  47. Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker

    by Jennifer Chiaverini
    The story of Elizabeth Keckley, a former slave who became a dressmaker and confidante to Mary Todd Lincoln during the Civil War.

    In Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker , novelist Jennifer Chiaverini presents a stunning account of the friendship that blossomed between Mary Todd Lincoln and her seamstress, Elizabeth “Lizzie” Keckley, a ... (Goodreads)

  48. North and South

    by John Jakes
    A story of two families divided by the Civil War and their journey to reconciliation and understanding.

    Part history, part novel, this book chronicles two great American dynasties over three generations. Though brought together in a friendship that neither jealousy nor violence could shatter, the ... (Goodreads)

  49. Mind of My Mind

    by Octavia E. Butler
    A superhuman with special abilities battles to control a psychic network of slaves.

    This second novel in the series recounts the story of how the Patternist society originated. The novel is set in Forsyth, California, a city near Los Angeles, in the 1970s. The leader of the ... (Wikipedia)

  50. Glory Over Everything: Beyond The Kitchen House

    by Kathleen Grissom
    A slave's story of freedom and its unexpected complications.

    The latest New York Times bestseller from the author of the beloved book club favorite The Kitchen House is a heart racing story about a man’s treacherous journey through the twists and turns of the ... (Barnes & Noble)

  51. Tibetan Peach Pie: A True Account of an Imaginative Life

    by Tom Robbins
    A memoir of Tom Robbins' unconventional life, from his childhood in the Appalachian Mountains to his travels around the world as a writer.

    Internationally bestselling novelist and American icon Tom Robbins's long-awaited tale of his wild life and times, both at home and around the globe Tom Robbins's warm, wise, and wonderfully weird ... (Goodreads)

  52. Henry's Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad

    by Ellen Levine
    A slave's courageous escape to freedom via the Underground Railroad.

    A stirring, dramatic story of a slave who mails himself to freedom by a Jane Addams Peace Award-winning author and a Coretta Scott King Award-winning artist. Henry Brown doesn't know how old he is. ... (Barnes & Noble)

  53. The House Girl

    by Tara Conklin
    A story of two women, a present-day lawyer and a 19th Century slave, and the search for justice in a complex world.

    A stunning debut novel of love, family, and justice that intertwines the stories of an escaped house slave in 1852 Virginia and ambitious young lawyer in contemporary New York Virginia, 1852. ... (Goodreads)

  54. Homegoing

    by Yaa Gyasi
    Spanning centuries, the intertwining stories of two African sisters, their descendants, and the legacy of slavery.

    Effia is raised by her mother, Baaba, who is cruel to her. Nevertheless she works hard to please her mother. Known as a beauty, Effia is intended to be married to the future chief of her village, but ... (Wikipedia)

  55. The Good Lord Bird

    by James McBride
    A comedic story of a slave escaping bondage and their unlikely friendship with abolitionist John Brown.

    Librarian's note: An alternate cover edition can be found, here, From the bestselling author of, The Color of Water, and, Song Yet Sung, comes the story of a young boy born a slave who joins John ... (Goodreads)

  56. Jefferson's Sons

    by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
    A fictionalized account of the lives of Thomas Jefferson's enslaved children, exploring the complexities of race, family, and freedom in early America.

    The untold story of Thomas Jefferson's slave children Beverly, Harriet, Madison, and Eston are Thomas Jefferson's children by one of his slaves, Sally Hemings, and while they do get special treatment ... (Goodreads)

  57. The House at Sugar Beach

    by Helene Cooper
    A memoir of growing up in Liberia as a member of the ruling elite, and the civil war that destroyed her privileged world.

    Journalist Helene Cooper examines the violent past of her home country Liberia and the effects of its 1980 military coup in this deeply personal memoir and finalist for the 2008 National Book Critics ... (Goodreads)

  58. The Feast of All Saints

    by Anne Rice
    Follows a Creole family's struggle with racism and oppression in 19th century Louisiana.

    This novel is about the gens de couleur libres , or free people of color , who lived in New Orleans before the Civil War . The gens de couleur libres were the descendants of European settlers of ... (Wikipedia)

  59. Gone with the Wind: Part 1 of 2

    by John Escott
    A simplified retelling of the classic novel set in the American South during the Civil War and Reconstruction era.

    In Part 1, the beautiful Scarlett O'Hara learns that Ashley Wilkes, the man she loves in secret, is going to marry another woman. Even the terrible American Civil War is nothing compared to ... (Goodreads)

  60. Promise of Blood

    by Brian McClellan
    Epic fantasy story of a nation on the brink of revolution, led by a ‘bloodless’ warlord.

    At the beginning of Promise of Blood , Field Marshal Tamas has just committed a brutal coup against Adro's monarchy. When he kills every single member of the Royal Cabal, they all utter the same ... (Wikipedia)

  61. The Secrets of Mary Bowser

    by Lois Leveen
    Based on a true story, Mary Bowser, a former slave, becomes a Union spy during the Civil War.

    “Masterfully written,, The Secrets of Mary Bowser, shines a new light onto our country’s darkest history.”,—Brunonia Barry, bestselling author of, The Lace Reader , “Packed with drama, intrigue, ... (Barnes & Noble)

  62. An Unkindness of Ghosts

    by Rivers Solomon
    A powerful story of survival, set on a generational spaceship, as a young woman fights to free herself from oppressive social structures.

    Odd-mannered, obsessive, withdrawn, Aster has little to offer folks in the way of rebuttal when they call her ogre and freak. She's used to the names; she only wishes there was more truth to them. If ... (Goodreads)

  63. Wench

    by Dolen Perkins-Valdez
    A story of the friendship between four female slaves, and their struggles to maintain hope and humanity.

    Lizzie, a young enslaved African-American woman in the 1850s, is taken by her Southern white master Nathan Drayle for summers at Tawawa House in southwestern Ohio, a resort near what were also called ... (Wikipedia)

  64. The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family

    by Annette Gordon-Reed
    The story of the Hemings family, enslaved by Thomas Jefferson, and their complex relationship with him and his family.

    This epic work tells the story of the Hemingses, whose close blood ties to our third president had been systematically expunged from American history until very recently. Now, historian and legal ... (Goodreads)

  65. Forge

    by Laurie Halse Anderson
    A young slave fights for his freedom during the American Revolution, facing betrayal and hardship along the way.

    For many readers,, Forge, “will be one of the best novels they have ever read” (starred review from, Kirkus Reviews,)! Blistering winds. Bitter cold. And the hope of a new future. In this compelling ... (Barnes & Noble)

  66. Elijah of Buxton

    by Christopher Paul Curtis
    A young boy's adventures in a pre-Civil War free-town, learning the true meaning of freedom.

    Newbery Medalist and CSK Award winner Christopher Paul Curtis's debut middle-grade/young-YA novel for Scholastic features his trademark humor, compelling storytelling, and unique narrative voice. ... (Goodreads)

  67. American Creation: Triumphs and Tragedies at the Founding of the Republic

    by Joseph J. Ellis
    Historical recount of America's founding, highlighting the successes and struggles of the period.

    An ironic examination of the founding years of the United States of America. Historian Ellis guides readers thru the decisive issues of the nation's founding, and illuminates the emerging ... (Goodreads)

  68. The Egyptian

    by Mika Waltari
    An epic tale of Ancient Egypt, tracing the rise of a slave to become a powerful Pharaoh.

    The only Finnish novel adopted into a Hollywood film Mika Waltari's 1945 novel The Egyptian was turned into a DeLuxe Color epic film by 20th Century Fox in 1954 and was nominated for an academy award ... (Goodreads)

  69. The Healing

    by Jonathan Odell
    A young slave girl discovers the power of storytelling and the strength to overcome oppression in pre-Civil War Mississippi.

    The pre-Civil War South comes brilliantly to life in this masterfully written novel about a mysterious and charismatic healer readers won’t soon forget Mississippi plantation mistress Amanda ... (Goodreads)

  70. Property

    by Valerie Martin
    A slave narrative told from the perspective of a white woman, exploring the complexities of power, race, and ownership in the antebellum South.

    Valerie Martin’s Property delivers an eerily mesmerizing inquiry into slavery’s venomous effects on the owner and the owned. The year is 1828, the setting a Louisiana sugar plantation where Manon ... (Goodreads)

  71. Up from Slavery

    by Booker T. Washington
    Autobiographical account of a former slave's journey to success and educational reform.

    Booker T. Washington, the most recognized national leader, orator and educator, emerged from slavery in the deep south, to work for the betterment of African Americans in the post Reconstruction ... (Goodreads)

  72. American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson

    by Joseph J. Ellis
    Comprehensive biography of the third president, exploring his character and legacy.

    Following his subject from the drafting of the Declaration of Independence to his retirement in Monticello, Joseph Ellis unravels the contradictions of the Jeffersonian character. A marvel of ... (Goodreads)

  73. A Place Called Freedom

    by Ken Follett
    An enslaved man's rise to freedom, set against the backdrop of the American Revolution.

    Scotland, 1766. Sentenced to a life of misery in the brutal coal mines, twenty-one-year-old Mack McAsh hungers for escape. His only ally: the beautiful, highborn Lizzie Hallim, who is trapped in her ... (Goodreads)

  74. My Bondage and My Freedom

    by Frederick Douglass
    Autobiography of an escaped slave, detailing his journey to freedom and civil rights activism

    Ex-slave Frederick Douglass's second autobiography-written after ten years of reflection following his legal emancipation in 1846 and his break with his mentor William Lloyd Garrison-catapulted ... (Goodreads)

  75. 1808: The Flight of the Emperor: How a Weak Prince, a Mad Queen, and the British Navy Tricked Napoleon and Changed the New World

    by Laurentino Gomes

    A fuga da família real portuguesa para o Rio de Janeiro ocorreu num dos momentos mais apaixonantes e revolucionários do Brasil, de Portugal e do mundo. Guerras napoleônicas, revoluções republicanas, ... (Goodreads)

  76. The Long Song

    by Andrea Levy
    A story of a slave girl's life in Jamaica during the 19th century, her struggles and triumphs in the face of oppression.

    The Long Song is written as a memoir by an elderly Jamaican woman living in early 19th-century Jamaica during the final years of slavery and the transition to freedom that took place thereafter. It ... (Wikipedia)

  77. Wild Seed

    by Octavia E. Butler
    A shape-shifting immortal and a mortal healer's lives intertwine over centuries, exploring power, oppression, and the human condition.

    Wild Seed is the story of two immortal Africans named Doro and Anyanwu. Doro is a spirit who can take over other people's bodies, killing anyone and anything in his path, while Anyanwu is a woman ... (Wikipedia)

  78. Amos Fortune, Free Man

    by Elizabeth Yates
    Amos Fortune, an African prince, is captured and sold into slavery in America. He perseveres and eventually gains his freedom.

    When Amos Fortune was only fifteen years old, he was captured by slave traders and brought to Massachusetts, where he was sold at auction. Although his freedom had been taken, Amos never lost his ... (Goodreads)

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