What are the best american slavery books?

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    #1Sally Hemings

    Sally Hemings

    This book narrates the life of Sally Hemings, a black woman who at the beginning of the book, shares her own life with a census taker, back in 1831. Sally was Thomas Jefferson's lover for 38 years, and she even had children with him. She had to survive her whole life against many challenges, but none can be compared to what happened to when Thomas Jefferson died: she found out that he hadn't freed her from slavery.


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    Juan Mitchell
    Written on March 12, 2018
    "The Sally Hemings book offers a great view to the past. This book offers good insight from Sally Hemings life, but if you are looking to research the topic in general, not so much. This isn't an academic book."
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    #2The Strange Career of Jim Crow

    The Strange Career of Jim Crow

    The Strange Career of Jim Crow is a nonfiction book written by C. Vann Woodward which gives a clear analysis of the history of Jim Crow laws, and presents evidence that the segregation of two races in the 1890s had not been divided. 


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    #3The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a classic American novel by Mark Twain. Published in 1884, it tells the story of a naughty boy settled in the Mississippi Valley. Full of humor it's also considered a deep and complex work.

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    Maria Day
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "I wanted to re-read this due to the discussions of removing it from school libraries and required reading lists related the use of a certain word. I read this in the fifth grade, and at that time, it was simply a great adventure of two boys . Now, over 50+ years later I see it in an entirely different light. It is not just an adventure of two boys... but also a social and political commentary on slavery. Now I truly appreciate the significance and genius of Mark Twain. It is a part of our history that we need to study and learn from. Like the Holocaust...we should never forget."
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    #4An Unlikely Friendship

    An Unlikely Friendship
    An Unlikely Friendship is a book by Ann Rinaldi that tells the story of Abraham Lincoln's wife and her black seamstress. Their closeness is questionable because there seemed to be no connection between them.

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    Peter Evans
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "This is a very interesting book that explores a friendship between Mary Todd Lincoln and a black seamstress who was a former slave. It's an interesting look at their relationship in the context of the Abolitionist movement in the United States."
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    Nightjohn is a book written by Gary Paulsen that tells the story of a female slave named Sarny. She saw Nightjohn when it was tortured. He will escape but will come back to teach lessons. 


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    Jessica Hayes
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "This book was very intense to me. I would not expect for children under 12 to be able to handle and comprehend the violence, and slavery easily."
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    This book narrates the story of Kunta Kinte, an African teenager who got captured in his village and then sold as a slave to America. This man would live in America the rest of his life, where he would start a family, whose most members were slaves. The book keeps telling the story of Kinte's descendants, until he reaches Alex Haley, the author of this book. 


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    Vivaan Trivedi
    Written on March 3, 2018
    "Roots is the pinnacle of slavery fiction (or nonfiction, for that matter). The mini-series is the most well known version, but the book is a powerful work that shows the life of slaves in America. This is a book everyone should pick up."
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    #7Gone with the Wind

    Gone with the Wind
    Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell is a bestselling novel of all time and won the Pulitzer Prize. Widely considered The Great American Novel, it explores the depth of human passion with an intensity as bold as its setting.

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    Marilyn Cooper
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "Gone With The Wind is a classic everyone should read and because it's set during the Civil War it is obviously related to slavery but that is only a small part of the story. This is really more about Scarlett O’Hara and how the Civil War changed her life. I wouldn't recommend this as one of the best slavery books you can read. "
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    #8Queen: The Story of an American Family

    Queen: The Story of an American Family
    Alex Haley, the author of this book, keeps tracing his family history: James Jackson, his great-great-grandfather, got sent to America as a slave, and he eventually built a family that Alex Haley manages to track down in this book, sharing with everyone how did they manage to survive such society. 


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    Richard Collins
    Written on March 2, 2018
    "Queen is a somber, traumatic, exciting, uplifting, thrilling tale of societal importance. For those looking to learn more about the history of slavery, this is the best."
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    #9Roll, Jordan, Roll: The World the Slaves Made

    Roll, Jordan, Roll: The World the Slaves Made

    Roll, Jordan, Roll: The World the Slaves Made is a non-fiction history book about Negro slavery written by Eugene D. Genovese. It was first published in 1974, and it won the Bancroft Prize in 1995.


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    Walter James
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "Interesting book that dives into the history of American slavery. This is an award winning book and definitely worth the read if the topic is interesting to you."
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    #10A Mercy

    A Mercy

    Toni Morrison's ninth novel narrates the story of many mothers and daughters who lived in the primitive America. Florens, a young black woman, ends up living in the farm of Jacob Varrk, a trader and adventurer who also know what it was like to be orphan and poor. When she is 16 years old, Florens has to look for a black man for some medicinal herbs, and in that trip, she will know how does the 17th century America's society work. 


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    Stephen Greene
    Written on March 4, 2018
    "I loved the first few chapters of the book, but then I started getting lost after he bought the child and thoughts meandered between her, others she came into contact with, her fears, there was so many things that didn't quite fit in with all the other slaves she comes into contact with that you start to lose track of who is who . "
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    This is the -true- story of Vyry, the daughter of the white owner of a plantation and his black servant, a Civil War heroine. Through the eyes of this little kid, the author of this book shares lots of real life situations that happened in the slave America: Margaret Walker learned about Vyry from her grandmother, and now shares her life with everyone in this book. 


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    Ruth Dean
    Written on March 5, 2018
    "Don't want to reveal many spoilers, but it seems to receive a lot of praise. A different take on how the South was viewed by a slave before and after the Civil War."
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    Beloved is a multi-award-winning historical fiction novel written by Nobel laureate for literature, Toni Morrison. It was first published in 1987 and it won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1988.


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    Austin Freeman
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "I found this very difficult to read, I was bored with it after the first two chapters"
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    #13The Color Purple

    The Color Purple
    Set deep in the American South, The Color Purple by Alice Walker is the tale of Celie, a young black girl born into poverty and segregation. After living a very hard life, she starts to discover joy and the power of her own spirit.

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    Charles Collins
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "The american slavery events are interesting to read about. There is a book called the Color Purple that is good. It is about a young girl that is a slave and it's about her life. If you like the historical books you should read this one."
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    #14Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

    Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

    Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl is a memoir written by Harriet Ann Jacobs, originally published in 1861. It tells the story of the writer's experiences and escape from slavery in North Carolina during the 19th century. 


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    Albert Coleman
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "I was looking for an American slavery book, and this book definitely delivers. This book is a memoir by Harriet Ann Jacobs, and was published in 1861, telling the story of her experience and escape from slavery. Definitely worth the read!"
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    Kindred is a young adult novel with a time travel element written by Octavia Butler, winner of multiple Hugo and Nebula Awards. The book is about a modern-day black woman who was transported to the plantation in the past.


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    Charles Ramos
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This book is an award winner for a reason. Follow a modern day angle of a woman going back in time to a plantation. Interesting"
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    #16North by Night

    North by Night

    North by Night is a book by Katherine Ayres that tells the story of Lucy Spencer and her family. Their family helps the slaves escape even if it means danger to them. She will make big sacrifices for the slaves and it will be all worth it. 


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    Sean Hughes
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "This is an excellent, well reviewed book focusing on the problems of slavery in America through the events surrounding a specific family. This family tells about a family who helps runaway slaves get to freedom. They risk everything for what they think is right, and that makes this story a great, uplifting tale for anyone who's interested in a real life story of kindness and morality."


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