Slavery -- fiction

Crossing the River

By Caryl Phillips

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Several narratives of African American history, including that of a former slave repatriated to Africa in 1834, another of an elderly woman freed after the Civil War, and a third of a British slave trader.

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Beloved

By Toni Morrison

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It is the story--set in post-Civil War Ohio--of Sethe, an escaped slave who has risked death in order to wrench herself from a living death; who has lost a husband and buried a child; who has borne the unthinkable and not gone mad: a woman of "iron eyes and backbone to match." Sethe lives in a small house on the edge of town with her daughter, Denver, her mother-in-law, Baby Suggs, and a disturbing, mesmerizing intruder who calls herself Beloved.

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All Souls Rising

By Madison Smartt Bell

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The violent struggle for freedom in Haiti, typified by the opening scene in which a woman is crucified for killing her baby so he will not grow up to be a slave, and the rise of a former slave, Toussaint L'Ouverture, to self-proclaimed governor general.

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A Long Way from Home

By Connie Briscoe

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Relates the story of three generations of slaves, from Susan and her daughter Clara, to Clara's daughter, whose father is never revealed, all of whom work on the plantation of President James Madison and his wife Dolley.
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Forge

By Laurie Halse Anderson

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Separated from his friend Isabel after their daring escape from slavery, fifteen-year-old Curzon serves as a free man in the Continental Army at Valley Forge until he and Isabel are thrown together again, as slaves once more.

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Elijah of Buxton

By Christopher Paul Curtis

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In 1859, eleven-year-old Elijah Freeman, the first free-born child in Buxton, Canada, which is a haven for slaves fleeing the American south, uses his wits and skills to try to bring to justice the lying preacher who has stolen money that was to be used to buy a family's freedom.

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Day of Tears: A Novel in Dialogue

By Julius Lester

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Emma has taken care of the Butler children since Sarah and Frances's mother, Fanny, left. Emma wants to raise the girls to have good hearts, as a rift over slavery has ripped the Butler household apart. Now, to pay off debts, Pierce Butler wants to cash in his slave "assets", possibly including Emma.

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Chains

By Laurie Halse Anderson

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After being sold to a cruel couple in New York City, a slave named Isabel spies for the rebels during the Revolutionary War.

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Emmanuel Appadocca, or Blighted Life: A Tale of the Boucaneers

By Philip Maxwell

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First published in 1854 by a Trinidadian jurist of mixed race, this swashbuckling story follows a creole pirate as he seeks revenge against his white, rich, sugar plantation owner father for dishonoring his black mother. An eBook.

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The Blackbirder

By James L. Nelson

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Former swashbuckler Thomas Marlowe and his wife have settled in 1702 Tidewater Virginia where they immediately make enemies by freeing their slaves. Planning to set to sea again, to make his fortune plundering rival merchant vessels, Captain Marlowe finds himself bound instead to hunt down an old friend who has killed the captain of a slave ship and has now set sail for Africa.
Book 2 of the Brethren of the Coast series.

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