The American Prejudice Against Color

The American Prejudice Against Color

William G. Allen

From the Introduction: “Many persons having suggested that it would greatly subserve the Anti-slavery Cause in this country, to present to the public a concise narrative of my recent narrow escape from death, at the hands of an armed mob in America, a mob armed with tar, feathers, poles, and an empty barrel spiked with shingle nails, together with the reasons which induced that mob, I propose to give it…

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Black Rebellion

Black Rebellion

Thomas Wentworth Higginson

This book contains five chapters from Higginson’s book “Travellers and Outlaws”. The collection presented here is commonly referred to as ‘Black Rebellion: five slave revolts’.

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A Century of Negro Migration

A Century of Negro Migration

Carter G. Woodson

From the Preface: ‘In treating this movement of the Negroes, the writer does not presume to say the last word on the subject. The exodus of the Negroes from the South has just begun. The blacks have recently realized that they have freedom of body and they will now proceed to exercise that right. To presume, therefore, to exhaust the treatment of this movement in its incipiency is far from the intention…

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The Crime of the Congo

The Crime of the Congo

Arthur Conan Doyle

The Crime of the Congo is a 1909 book about human rights abuses in the Congo Free State, a private state established and controlled by the King of the Belgians, Leopold II. The book was intended as an exposé of the situation in the so-called Congo Free State, an area occupied and designated as the personal property of Leopold II of Belgium and where the serious human rights abuses were occurring. Indigenous…

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The History of the Rise, Progress and Accomplishment of the Abolition of the African Slave-Trade, by the British Parliament

The History of the Rise, Progress and Accomplishment of the Abolition of the African Slave-Trade, by the British Parliament

Thomas Clarkson

There’s a quote by Margaret Mead: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” One of the cases where this was proved true was in the case of slavery. Thomas Clarkson, along with people like William Wilberforce, Granville Sharp, James Edward Oglethorpe and Lord Mansfield were among…

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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

Harriet Jacobs

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl is a slave narrative that was one of the first autobiographical narratives about the struggle for freedom by female slaves and an account of the sexual harassment and abuse they endured. The book is an in-depth chronological account of Jacobs’s life as a slave, and the decisions and choices she made to gain freedom for herself and her children. It addresses the struggles and sexual abuse that young…

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My Bondage and My Freedom

My Bondage and My Freedom

Frederick Douglass

My Bondage and My Freedom is an autobiographical slave narrative written by Frederick Douglass and published in 1855. It is the second of three autobiographies written by Douglass, and is mainly an expansion of his first (Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass), discussing in greater detail his transition from bondage to liberty.

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave

Frederick Douglass

Written and published in 1846, this is a harrowing account of a slave, by a slave. Born in Maryland, the author takes you through his life, from being a child and witnessing the brutal whipping of his aunt and others, through to his escape from slavery and his life as a free man. A brilliant firsthand experience of this tragic part of human history.

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The Negro

The Negro

William Edward Burghardt Du Bois

William Edward Burghardt Du Bois was born in 1868, 3 years after the end of the civil war. He worked his whole life to bring an end to segregation. He died in 1963, one year before the march on Washington. This book covers vast amounts of African history including the history of Ethiopia and Egypt, the Niger and the advent of Islam…

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The Negro Problem

The Negro Problem

Various

A collection of seven essays on the subject of African-Amerians and slavery. Includes: Industrial Education For The Negro By Booker T. Washington; The Talented Tenth By Prof. W.E. Burghardt Dubois; The Disfranchisement Of The Negro By Charles W. Chesnutt; The Negro And The Law By Wilford H. Smith; The Characteristics Of The Negro People By H.T. Kealing; Representative American Negroes By Paul Laurence Dunbar; and, The Negro’s Place…

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The Souls of Black Folk

The Souls of Black Folk

William Edward Burghardt Du Bois

The Souls of Black Folk is a classic work of American literature by W. E. B. Du Bois. It is a seminal work in the history of sociology, and a cornerstone of African-American literary history. The book, published in 1903, contains several essays on race, some of which had been previously published in the Atlantic Monthly magazine. To develop this groundbreaking work, Du Bois drew from his own experiences as an African…

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Twelve Years a Slave

Solomon Northup

Twelve Years a Slave is a memoir and slave narrative by Solomon Northup, as told to and edited by David Wilson. Northup, a black man who was born free in New York, details his kidnapping in Washington, D.C. and subsequent sale into slavery. After having been kept in bondage for 12 years in Louisiana by various masters, Northup…

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