Slavery
Best novels and memoirs having to do with African-American slavery.
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4 Uncle Tom's Cabin
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5 Beloved
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6 Twelve Years a Slave
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7 Amistad
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8 Slaves in the Family
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9 Kindred
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10 Up from Slavery: An Autobio...
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11 Cane River
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13 The Autobiography of Miss J...
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14 Benito Cereno
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15 Voices from Slavery: 100 Au...
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16 Mutiny on the Amistad
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17 The Interesting Narrative o...
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18 Sally Hemings
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19 Black Masters: A Free Famil...
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20 Middle Passages: African Am...
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21 Middle Passage: A Novel
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22 Slave Ship
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23 Amistad
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24 Women's Slave Narratives
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25 Absalom, Absalom!
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26 North and South (North and ...
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27 Wench
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28 Bullwhip Days: The Slaves R...
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29 The Slaves' War: The Civil ...
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30 Jubilee
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31 Narrative of Sojourner Truth
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32 My Bondage and My Freedom
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33 The Fires of Jubilee: Nat T...
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34 A Mercy
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35 Our Nig
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36 Burning Uncle Tom's Cabin
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37 The Book of Night Women
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38 Sacred Hunger
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38 Property
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40 Remembering Slavery: Africa...
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41 A Free Man of Color (Benjam...
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42 Cane
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43 The Minister's Wooing
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43 Born in Slavery:  Slave Nar...
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45 For God, Country and the Co...
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46 A Woman Named Solitude
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47 Dessa Rose
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48 Clotel: or, The President's...
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49 Echo of Lions
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50 The President's Daughter
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51 The Pull of Freedom
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51 The Kitchen House
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51 Pilgrims Rest
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51 In the Land of Cotton
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51 Tombee: Portrait of a Cotto...
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51 Murder Along Burley Creek
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51 The Lincoln Hypothesis
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58 Uncle Tom's Cabin: The powe...
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59 Saltwater Slavery: A Middle...
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59 The Bondwoman's Narrative
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61 In My Father's House Are Ma...
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61 Peter's War: A New England ...
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63 BOOK OF NEGROS
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64 Slave Narratives (Library o...
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65 Dark Bargain: Slavery, Prof...
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65 "Gentlemen of Property and ...
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67 American Falls
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68 Killers of the Dream
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69 Slave Narratives: A Folk Hi...
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70 Slavery and Social Death: A...
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71 Dwelling Place: A Plantatio...
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72 The Feast of All Saints
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72 The White Man's Burden: His...
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74 The Curse of Caste; Or the ...
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75 Slavery by Another Name: Th...
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message 1: by Valerie (new)

Valerie As I said, there is a multivolume work from the Federal Writer's Project (part of the WPA), in which many former slaves were interviewed about their personal stories. There's at least one full set at Langston University (in Oklahoma), but I'm not sure where else there'd be a copy.


message 2: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Would like to see some precision here: Is this slavery based on race, on negritude per se, slavery in North America ? Slavery and racial discrimination directed at people of color by Euro-americans in the United States after the Civil War ? etc.


message 3: by ☯Bettie☯ (new)

☯Bettie☯ Oh! does this just have to be American then? Spartacus is not wanted here?


message 4: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Bettie wrote: "Oh! does this just have to be American then? Spartacus is not wanted here?"

Good point and the point of my question. "Slavery" is a big issue...does it include Stockholm Syndrome ? Patty Hearst ? 1984 ?


message 5: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn The defense attorney in Passage to India leaves the courtroom in tears shouting "We are all slaves"....Was he correct ?


message 6: by Reese (new)

Reese Thom wrote: "The defense attorney in Passage to India leaves the courtroom in tears shouting "We are all slaves"....Was he correct ?"

And, of course, Melville's Ishmael asks, "Who ain't a slave?"

I thought that using the term "African-American" in the list description and as a tag limited the list to slavery/discrimination that involved African-Americans (not just in the USA, but in or en route to anywhere in North or South America).

BTW, what's up (or down) with the scoring system?


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Would seem to have gone wonky again. It does that periodically.


message 8: by Bridget (last edited May 30, 2012 08:00PM) (new)

Bridget Thom wrote: "Bettie wrote: "Oh! does this just have to be American then? Spartacus is not wanted here?"

Good point and the point of my question. "Slavery" is a big issue...does it include Stockholm Syndrome ?..."


Best novels and memoirs african-american slavery.

I am still reeling over the fact that Adventures of Huckleberry Finn made the list. Number 3 no LESS.


message 9: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Bridget wrote: "Thom wrote: "Bettie wrote: "Oh! does this just have to be American then? Spartacus is not wanted here?"

Good point and the point of my question. "Slavery" is a big issue...does it include Stockho..."


At the crux of Huckleberry Finn, our hero decides that he will risk Hell rather than do the LEGAL thing and turn Jim in to the authorities. Their friendship flies in the face of the "peculiar institution".


message 10: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Bridget wrote: "Thom wrote: "Bettie wrote: "Oh! does this just have to be American then? Spartacus is not wanted here?"

Good point and the point of my question. "Slavery" is a big issue...does it include Stockho..."


At the crux of Huckleberry Finn, our hero decides that he will risk Hell rather than do the LEGAL thing and turn Jim in to the authorities. Their friendship flies in the face of the "peculiar institution".


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Frankly, I am stunned Huck Finn is less than #1.


message 12: by Hayes (last edited May 30, 2012 10:57PM) (new)

Hayes I think I just fixed that situation.

ETA: Nope, only to #2


message 13: by Reese (new)

Reese For the moment that Thom refers to in message 10 and for soooooo many other "moments" / incidents in the novel (e.g., Jim's assertion that he owns himself, Tom Sawyer's [w/ Huck's acceptance] cruel plan to help Jim escape when Tom knows that Jim is already free), the novel deserves to be at (or at least close to) the top of this list. Oh -- and it's a brilliant work. Applause for those who recently added votes to put it in first place.


message 14: by J (new)

J For those who are really interested in Black History, please check out my non-profit educational organization. It's called the Black-a-Day Project.

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