Slavery -- fiction

The Longest Memory

By Fred D'Aguiar

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An intelligent, fiercely independent young slave attempts to flee a Virginia plantation during the early 1800s, only to be betrayed by his own father.
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The Known World

By Edward P. Jones

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Henry Townsend, a former slave, has a fondness for Paradise Lost and an unusual mentor -- William Robbins, perhaps the most powerful white man in antebellum virginia's Manchester County. Under Robbins's tutelage, Henry becomes proprietor of his own plantation as well as the his own slaves. Henry tragically fails to understand the fundamental flaws in his thinking that he can be a better slave master than a white man.
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The Confessions of Nat Turner

By William Styron

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"In the late summer of 1831, in a remote section of southeastern Virginia, there took place the only effective, sustained revolt in the annals of American Negro slavery...

"The revolt was led by a remarkable Negro preacher named Nat Turner, an educated slave who felt himself divinely ordained to annihilate all the white people in the region.

"The (novel) is narrated by Nat himself as he lingers in jail through the cold autumnal days before his execution. The compelling story ranges over the whole of Nat's Life, reaching its inevitable and shattering climax that bloody day in August."

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The Bondwoman's Narrative

By Hannah Crafts

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"An unprecedented historical and literary event, this tale written in the 1850s is the only known novel by a female African American slave, and quite possibly the first novel written by a black woman anywhere....Presented here unaltered and under its author's original title, The Bondwoman's Narrative tells of a self-educated young house slave who knows her life is limited by the brutalities of her society, but never suspects that the freedom of her plantation's beautiful new mistress is also at risk...or that a devastating secret will force them both to flee from slave hunters with another powerful, determined enemy at their heels."
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Our Nig, or, Sketches from the Life of a Free Black, in a Two-Story White House, North: Showing that Slavery's Shadows Fall Even There

By Harriet E. Wilson

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"A fascinating fusion of two literary models of the nineteenth century, the sentimental novel and the slave narrative, Our Nig, apart from its historical significance, is a deeply ironic and highly readable work, tracing the trials and tribulations of Frado, a mulatto girl abandoned by her white mother after the death of the child's black father, who grows up as an indentured servant to a white family in nineteenth-century Massachusetts."

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Naming the New World

By Calvin Baker

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A multi-generational tale forms a portrait of a people's passage to a new world, following the voices, as one flows into the next, of six African Americans, beginning with Ampofo, who is brought as slave cargo to America.
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Kindred

By Octavia E. Butler

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Dana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South.
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Roots

By Alex Haley

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"The monumental bestseller! Alex Haley recaptures his family's history in this drama of eighteenth-century slave Kunta Kinte and his descendants." The family story continues with Haley's Queen.

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Home Across the Road

By Nancy Peacock

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Peacock's acclaimed second novel centers on the centuries-old secrets that bind together two families --one white, one black--on an old Southern plantation.

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Fragments of the Ark

By Louise Meriwether

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A group of resolute runaway slaves attempt to steal the gunboat Swanee and deliver it to the Union army and are united in their fight by love and history.

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