Best Black Historical Fiction

Best fiction set in the past in which the main characters are black/African-American/British black/African, etc.
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214 books · 209 voters · list created August 25th, 2011 by El (votes) .
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Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) "Historical" meaning "in the past" from our own, rather than (also) the author's point of view?


message 2: by Debbie (new)

Debbie I'm totally confused here - I'm seeing books that are clearly Historical Fiction as I understand it, books written about a time that is not the author's - for example Beloved.
But Harriet Beecher Stowe was writing about her own time - so I don't see how that counts - though if a person reads Uncle Tom's Cabin today, then I guess it would count because it is now in the past.


message 3: by Reese (new)

Reese Debbie wrote: "I'm totally confused here - I'm seeing books that are clearly Historical Fiction as I understand it, books written about a time that is not the author's - for example Beloved.
But Harriet Beecher..."


If the fiction sheds light on "before-our-time" experiences of black people, then it seems to me that it's consistent with the expectations stated by the creator of the list.


message 4: 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.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Bl...


message 5: by Donna (last edited Oct 09, 2013 10:00PM) (new)

Donna Davis Removed for being nonfiction: The New Jim Crow, by Michelle Alexander. I suspect there's more that is not fictional, but I don't have time to check them right now & I won't yank anything I am unsure of (of course). If the list-maker or another librarian can check, it might be a good idea before it gets out of hand. Also gone: The Fiery Trial. Eric Foner just doesn't write fiction. I checked; history. Nonfiction. I have real doubts about How to Talk So People Will Listen.


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