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Domestic Slavery Considered As a Scriptural Institution, Revised and UpdatedDomestic Slavery Considered As a Scriptural Institution, Revised and Updated
Francis Wayland, Richard Fuller
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This series of letters between Northern pastor Dr. Frances Wayland and Southern pastor Dr. Richard Fuller was ran in the Christian Reflector in late 1844 and early 1845. Offering opposing, though still moderate, viewpoints on the "peculiar institution" of slavery, Wayland's letters were printed first, followed by Dr. Fullers, and ended with a closing letter from Wayland. Basing their arguments on scripture, and filled with details about their views on the abolitionist and pro-slavery movements, this is a fascinating look into two minds in the middle of the issue of slavery.

This edition features the original text, with the addition of further explanation for abbreviated footnotes. 203 pages, hardcover with dust jacket.
     


 
5,000 Miles to Freedom: Ellen and William Craft's Flight from Slavery5,000 Miles to Freedom: Ellen and William Craft's Flight from Slavery
Dennis Fradin
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William and Ellen Craft were married slaves. That is, until they decided to walk away from their plantation, board a train disguised as a white man and her servant, cross over thousands of miles and elude slave hunters. You'll be on the edge of your seats as you read this thrilling true-life story about the need to become free. 96 pages, hardcover.
     

 
Escape from Slavery: Five Journeys to FreedomEscape from Slavery: Five Journeys to Freedom
Doreen Rappaport, Charles Lilly
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Eliza and her baby, running across the ice. Selena and Cornelia Jackson, masquerading as boys. Henry Box Brown, shipping himself north in a wooden crate. Jane Johnson, risking everything to testify against her former owner in court. Ellen Craft, posing as her husband's owner. Escaping from slavery against overwhelming odds, these people were helped by courage, ingenuity, and the informal network known as the Underground Railroad. Here are their gripping stories, told by Doreen Rappaport, illustrated by Charles Lilly, and accompanied by information about slave laws of the era, key Underground Railroad leaders, and a bibliography. Recommended for ages 9 to 12.
     

 
If You Lived When There Was Slavery In AmericaIf You Lived When There Was Slavery In America
Anne Kamma
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Learn what life was like If you Lived When There was Slavery in America. Short, engaging question-and-answer chapters and stylized illustrations show how hard slaves were made to work, what life was like in the quarters, how you could learn to read, the punishments given out, what passes were, what games children played, what the underground railroad was, and more. 63 pages, softcover. Grades 3-5+.
     

 
The Witnesses, A Novel, Part 1: Resurrection of Nat TurnerThe Witnesses, A Novel, Part 1: Resurrection of Nat Turner
Sharon Ewell Foster
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As Harriet Beecher Stowe searches for her next book idea, she encounters a mysterious man who relates stories from slaves, slave owners, and an antislavery lawyer about the tensions surrounding Nat Turner's uprising in 1831 that left 50 whites dead. A riveting historical novel that reveals the conspiracy behind Nat's life, death, and confession! 440 pages, softcover from Howard.
     

 
The Testimony, A Novel, Part 2: The Resurrection of Nat TurnerThe Testimony, A Novel, Part 2: The Resurrection of Nat Turner
Sharon Foster
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Sparked by an indigo sun, Nat Turner stormed into history with a sword in one hand and a Bible in the other. Thirty years before the advent of the Civil War-in the predawn hours of August 22, 1831, commanding a small army of slaves, Nat Turner led a bloody fight for freedom that shined a national spotlight on slavery and left more than fifty whites dead.

In The Resurrection of Nat Turner, Part 2: The Testimony, as Harriet Beecher Stowe seeks to learn the truth of the man his people called Prophet, Nat Turner shares the faith, triumph, tragedy, and hope of his fight for liberty, brotherhood, and self-determination.

For 180 years, the truth of Nat's story has been tainted. Award-winning author Sharon Ewell Foster reinterprets history to offer a new American story of one man's struggle for freedom and the redemption of his people. Based on actual trial records, interviews with descendants, official documents, and five years of research, The Resurrection of Nat Turner, Part 2: The Testimony is a story of the quest for truth and the true meaning of liberty.
     


 
I Lay My Stitches Down: Poems of American SlaveryI Lay My Stitches Down: Poems of American Slavery
Cynthia Grady
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This powerful collection of poems chronicles the various experiences of American slaves. Joined through the imagery drawn from quilting and fiber arts, each poem is spoken from a different perspective of the hardship endured by America's slaves. Each poem is supplemented by a historical note. Hardcover with dust jacket.
     

 
Many Thousand Gone: African Americans from Slavery to FreedomMany Thousand Gone: African Americans from Slavery to Freedom
Virginia Hamilton
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Slavery In The United StatesSlavery In The United States
Gary Barr
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See slavery though the eyes of those who lived through it. Primary source material provides information on how slavery began in America; slave auctions; work; slave women & children; food, clothing & shelter; families; community; time off; overseers and masters; government policy from 1600s-1850s; Southern and Northern attitudes; the Underground Railroad; Abolitionism; the Civil War; freed slaves, and other information on the people and historical events that shaped slavery and the abolishment of slavery in the United States. 56 pages, softcover. Grades 8 & up.
     

 
Stolen Into SlaveryStolen Into Slavery
Judith Bloom Fradin, Dennis Brindel Frandin
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Lincoln on Race & SlaveryLincoln on Race & Slavery
Henry Louis Gates
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Slavery and the Meeting HouseSlavery and the Meeting House
Ryan P. Jordan
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Ryan P. Jordan explores the limits of religious dissent in antebellum America, and reminds us of the difficulties facing Quaker reformers who tried peacefully to end slavery. In the years before the Civil War, the Society of Friends opposed the abolitionist campaign for an immediate end to slavery and considered abolitionists within the church as radicals seeking to destroy civil and religious liberty. In response, many Quaker abolitionists began to build "comeouter" institutions where social and legal inequalities could be freely discussed, and where church members could fuse religious worship with social activism. The conflict between the Quakers and the Abolitionists highlights the dilemma of liberal religion within a slaveholding republic. Hardcover, 175 pages.
     

 
North of Slavery: The Negro in the Free StatesNorth of Slavery: The Negro in the Free States
Leon F. Litwack

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The Slave Trade: The Story of the Atlantic Slave Trade: 1440-1870The Slave Trade: The Story of the Atlantic Slave Trade: 1440-1870
Hugh Thomas
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After many years of research, award winning historian Hugh Thomas portrays, in a balanced account, the complete history of the slave trade. Beginning with the first Portuguese slaving expeditions, he describes and analyzes the rise of one of the largest and most elaborate maritime and commercial ventures in all of history. Between 1482 and 1870, approximately eleven million black slaves were carried from Africa to the Americas to work on plantations, in mines or as servants in houses. The Slave Trade is alive with villians and heroes and illuminated by eyewitness accounts. Hugh Thomas's achievment is not only to present a compelling story of the time but to answer as well such controversial questions as who the traders were, the extent of the profits, and why so many African rulers and peoples willingly collaberated. Thomas also movingly describes such accounts as are available from the slaves themselves. 907 pages, paperback.
     

 
Slave Songs of the United StatesSlave Songs of the United States
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Originally published in 1867, this book is a collection of songs of African-American slaves. A few of the songs were written after emancipation, but all were inspired by slavery. The Wild, sad strains tell, as the sufferers themselves could, of crushed hopes, keen sorrow, and a dull, daily misery, which covered them as hopelessly as the fog from the rice swamps. On the other hand, the words breate a trusting faith in the life after, to which their eyes seem constantly turned.
     

 
Slave ReligionSlave Religion
Albert Raboteau
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Twenty-five years after its original publication, Slave Religion remains a classic in the study of African American history and religion. In a new chapter in this anniversary edition, author Albert J. Raboteau reflects upon the origins of the book, the reactions to it over the past twenty-five years, and how he would write it differently today. Using a variety of first and second-hand sources-- some objective, some personal, all riveting-- Raboteau analyzes the transformation of the African religions into evangelical Christianity. He presents the narratives of the slaves themselves, as well as missionary reports, travel accounts, folklore, black autobiographies, and the journals of white observers to describe the day-to-day religious life in the slave communities. Slave Religion is a must-read for anyone wanting a full picture of this "invisible institution."
     

 
Slave DancerSlave Dancer
Paula Fox
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Thirteen-year-old Jessie Bollier earns pennies on the docks of New Orleans playing his fife. He suddenly finds himself thrown aboard a slave ship when he is kidnapped! His job on the ship is to provide music while shackled slaves "dance" to keep their muscles strong and their bodies profitable. Jessie grows increasingly sickened by the greed, brutality, and inhumanity of the slave trade. But nothing prepares him for the ultimate horror he will witness before his nightmare ends--a horror that will change his life forever. Recommended for ages 11 to 14. The 1974 Newbery Medal winner.
     

 
Dog Jack: The Heartwarming Story of a Runaway Slave and His Best FriendDog Jack: The Heartwarming Story of a Runaway Slave and His Best Friend
Florence W. Biros
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In Pennsylvania's Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall there hangs a faded snapshot of a dog, along with a tribute to the canine soldier who followed the Niagara Volunteers into battle---bravely fighting side by side with them. Based on historical events, this heartwarming Civil War novel recounts the amazing story of a runaway slave and his best friend, Dog Jack. Ages 12 and up. 180 pages, softcover from Sonrise.
     

 
Anthony BurnsAnthony Burns
Virginia Hamilton
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Of great historical importance, the trial and life of Anthony Burns is a riveting story that highlights the battle abolitionists fought against southern slavers. Originally a slave in Virginia, Burns escaped to Boston, where he was captured and imprisoned according to the Fugitive Slave Act; however, the abolitionist community of Boston rallied to his aid, working together in the hopes that freedom would prevail. 193 indexed pages, softcover.
     

 
From Slave Ship to Freedom RoadFrom Slave Ship to Freedom Road
Julius Lester
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Rod Brown and Julius Lester bring history to life in this profoundly moving exploration of the slave experience. From the Middle Passage to the auction block, from the whipping post to the fight for freedom, this book presents not just historical facts, but the raw emotions of the people who lived them. Inspired by Rod Brown's vivid paintings, Julius Lester has written a text that places each of us squarely inside the skin of both slave and slaveowner. It will capture the heart of every reader, black or white, young or old.
     

 
Slavery in the United States Grades 4-7Slavery in the United States Grades 4-7
Cindy Barden
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Perfect for using as a simple stand-alone study or as a supplemental workbook, this look at U.S. slavery traces the progression from early slavery and the slave trade through the Emancipation Proclamation. Informative text introduces a specific concept, figure, or event, and is followed by comprehension questions that require a student to think and analyze what they've learned. Creative writing, research, Venn Diagrams, cause-and-effect, reference works, and puzzles are included, for a study that's full of variety. 62 reproducible pages, softcover. Answer key included. Grades 4-7.
     

 
Out of the Mouths of Slaves: African-American Oral HistoryOut of the Mouths of Slaves: African-American Oral History
Carole Marsh
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They had no pens and they had no paper, but it didn't matter. Slaves had plenty to say and share - their stories, their sufferings, their wisdom, their wit. Words spoken and tales told completely unfiltered by others can teach young people not only the facts, but the very soul of what happened in the past. Hear the people of the past in their own words through diaries, interviews, quotations, poetry, and songs. 36 pages, softcover. Ages 8-13.
     

 

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