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12 Essential Books About Slavery in America

These eye-opening books will transport you to the darkest era of American history.

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Bullwhip Days

Bullwhip Days

By James Mellon

Slavery and Public History

Slavery and Public History

By James Oliver Horton and Lois E. Horton

The Ballad of Blind Tom, Slave Pianist

The Ballad of Blind Tom, Slave Pianist

By Deirdre O'Connell

Slave Labor in the Capital

Slave Labor in the Capital

By Bob Arnebeck

Twelve Years a Slave

Twelve Years a Slave

By Solomon Northup

Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman

By Ann Petry

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

By Frederick Douglass

A Slave No More

A Slave No More

By David W. Blight

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The Half Has Never Been Told

By Edward E. Baptist

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The Peculiar Institution

By Kenneth M. Stampp

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Celia, A Slave

By Melton A. McLaurin

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Never Caught

By Erica Armstrong Dunbar