Slavery

Sojourner Truth: A Voice for Freedom

By Patricia and Fredrick McKissack

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Describes the life of the anti-slavery and women's rights activist, from her beginnings in slavery to her tireless campaign for the rights and welfare of the freedmen.

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No More! Stories and Songs of Slave Resistance

By Doreen Rappaport

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"A man who cannot swim leaps off a slave ship into the dark water. A girl defies the law by secretly learning to read and write. A future abolitionist regains his will to live by fighting off his captor with his bare hands: "I will not let you use me like a brute any longer," Frederick Douglass vows. Drawing from authentic accounts, here is a chronology of resistance in all its forms: comical trickster tales about outwitting "Old Marsa"; secret "hush harbors" where Africans instill Christian worship with their own rituals; and spirituals such as "Go Down Moses," whose coded lyrics signal not just hope for deliverance, but an active call to escape."
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Show Way

By Jacqueline Woodson

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The making of "Show ways," or quilts which once served as secret maps for freedom-seeking slaves, is a tradition passed from mother to daughter in the author's family.

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The Underground Railroad For Kids: From Slavery to Freedom with 21 Activities

By Mary Kay Carson

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Provides twenty-one activities that kids can do to learn about the Underground Railroad.

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Up Before Daybreak: Cotton and People in America

By Deborah Hopkinson

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Read about the importance of cotton in America's history and learn about the lives of people who picked it and worked with it.
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5,000 Miles to Freedom: Ellen and William Craft's Flight from Slavery

By Judith Bloom Fradin and Dennis Brindell Fradin

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Ellen and William Craft were two of the few slaves to ever escape from the Deep South. Their first escape took them to Philadelphia, then on to Boston pursued by slave hunters, and finally 5000 miles across the ocean to England, where they were able to settle peacefully.
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Henry's Freedom Box

By Ellen Levine

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A fictionalized account of how in 1849 a Virginia slave, Henry "Box" Brown, escapes to freedom by shipping himself in a wooden crate from Richmond to Philadelphia.

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Night Running: How James Escaped with the Help of His Faithful Dog: Based on a True Story

By Elisa Carbone

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A runaway slave makes a daring escape to freedom with the help of his faithful hunting dog, Zeus. Based on the true story of James Smith's journey from Virginia to Ohio in the mid-1800s.

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Traveling the Freedom Road: From Slavery and the Civil War Through Reconstruction

By Linda Barrett Osborne

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This book features illustrations, original documents, photographs and first-person narratives to give an account of slavery, the Civil War, and Reconstruction. Includes a time line.

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African-Americans in the Colonies

By Jean Kinney Williams

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Contents: Jamestown, Virginia, 1621 -- Slavery becomes an American institution -- Recreating Africa in America -- Freedom at any cost -- Liberty, but not for all.

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