Slavery

Tituba of Salem Village

By Ann Lane Petry

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In the Salem Village of 1692, superstition and hysteria peaked with the Salem witch trials. One of the first three "witches" condemned is Tituba, a slave from Barbados.
 

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The Gettysburg Address

By Kenneth G. Richards

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Follows the events which led to the Battle of Gettysburg in 1864 and describes the dedication of the Cemetery to the fallen soldiers by Lincoln in his famous speech. Includes a copy of the Gettysburg Address.

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The Emancipation Proclamation

By Ann Heinrichs

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This book explores Lincoln's historic proclamation that freed the slaves: what came before it and what happened after it.

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The Adventures of High John the Conqueror

By Steve Sanfield

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A collection of sixteen tales about High John the Conqueror, the traditional trickster hero of blacks during and immediately after the time of slavery.

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Meet Addy: An American Girl

By Connie Porter

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One of several books about a young girl who escapes from slavery during the Civil War. Part of the popular "American Girl" series. Includes historical notes.
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From Slave to Soldier: Based on a True Civil War Story

By Deborah Hopkinson

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A boy who hates being a slave joins the Union Army to fight for freedom, and proves himself brave and capable of handling a mule team when the need arises. Ready-to-read, level 3.

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Across the Lines

By Carolyn Reeder

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Simon and Edward are boyhood friends, but they are also slave and master. When Simon runs away and joins the black soldiers in the Union Army, Edward and his family endure the siege of Petersburg from the opposite side.

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Night Boat to Freedom

By Margot Theis Raven and E.B. Lewis (Illustrator)

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Granny Judith adds a square to her quilt for each runaway slave Christmas John rows across the river. Rich, dark watercolors punctuated with red capture both the fear and the hope in these daring flights to freedom.

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Chains

By Laurie Halse Anderson

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Sold as a slave to a Tory family in 1776, 13-year-old Isabel, struggling to free herself and her slow-witted younger sister, soon faces daunting choices. 

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Candice Ransom

By Robyn Porter, CRRL Intern

Candice Ransom, the author of 100 children's books, balances the responsibilities of a writing career with the creative energy necessary for reaching young readers. Her works include picture books, young adult books, and early readers. Many hold historical or biographical significance, like Liberty Street, published in 2003.