What are the best books about the African slave trade?

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    #1Twelve Years a Slave

    Twelve Years a Slave

    Twelve Years a Slave is an autobiography written by Solomon Northup, originally published in 1853. It tells the story of a man who suffered slavery for twelve years in Louisiana. It is the basis of the Academy Award-winning film of the same name.

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    Eugene Mendoza
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "This is a great book about the African slave trade, following the life of a man who spent 12 years as a slave in Louisiana."
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    #2Uncle Tom's Cabin

    Uncle Tom's Cabin

    Uncle Tom's Cabin is a historical novel written by Harriet Beecher Stowe. First published on March 20, 1852, Uncle Tom's Cabin is an anti-slavery book that talks about the lives of slaves in America during the 19th century.

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    Jason West
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "I read this book back in high school and hated it since then. I decided to read it again and saw new things to dislike. It really makes slavery insignificant and light. I don't think slavery books should be written by people who have no understanding or who are purposefully obtuse about the subject. "
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    #3Beloved

    Beloved

    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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    James Austin
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "This novel is such a pleasure to read. It takes your boredom away. It is fiction, and talks about a love-hate story. It has won many deserved awards."
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    #4The 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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    Hemant Nair
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "Its a classic book but it doesnt really cover the african slave trade. I'd look elsewhere if you're focused in on the slave trade."
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    #5Absalom, Absalom!

    Absalom, Absalom!

    Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner is published in 1936. This book tells the story of Thomas Sutpen, a man who finds wealth and marries in order to have children to be his heir someday. 

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    Nicholas Oliver
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "This is an excellent book for anyone who wants to learn about he African slave trade. It analyzes this dark period in Africa's history with an honesty that'll make you want to read til the end. Faulkner's prose and wit is unmatched here. "
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    #6Roots

    Roots
    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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    Adam Carr
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "There isn't another book you can read if this is what you're going for. The only reasonable book in response to this topic. No other book really puts the perspective and insights into this time period as this one, no book tells the story like roots."
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    #7Incidents 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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    César Caballero
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "Great book about life as a slave. It can be pretty graphic so keep that in mind."
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    #8Nat Turner's Slave Rebellion

    Nat Turner's Slave Rebellion
    Nat Turner's Slave Rebellion: Including the 1831 "Confessions"  is an African American biography written by Herbert Aptheker. This history book is first published in 1966. 
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    Raymond Reyes
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "I watched a slavery documentary and decided to find a book related to it. Really good. Put some things in a new perspective for me."
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    #9The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano

    The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano
    The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano is an autobiography by Olaudah Equiano, a Nigerian abolitionist. First published in 1789, it tells the story of how he was kidnapped and sold into slavery.
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    Kevin Carlson
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "This is one of the few truthful books you can find on slavery. It's the true story of a man who was taken and sold as a slave by his fellow countrymen. It really shows how much of the history you hear about it is wrong."
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    #10Roll, 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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    Thomas Nelson
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "This book is a great introduction to the history of American slavery. It is definitely not exhaustive, but I highly recommend it as a starting point for understanding this time from our history. It is both enlightening and disgusting, and you will emerge with a greater appreciation of the freedoms enjoyed today."
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    #11Nightmare Along the River Nile

    Nightmare Along the River Nile

    Nightmare Along the River Nile: A Story of Twentieth Century Slavery is an African historical fiction book written by S.E. Nelson. It is first published in 2009 by iUniverse. 

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    Irma Duarte
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "What an eye opener to modern day slavery. Nightmare Along the River Nile really makes people aware of just how awful slavery was. The characters are very realistic, and it draws you in to see their quest for freedom and how they pursue it. It'll keep you on the edge of your seat."
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    #12Fleeing for Freedom

    Fleeing for Freedom

    Fleeing for Freedom: Stories of the Underground Railroad as Told by Levi Coffin and William Still is a nonfiction book edited by George Hendrick. In this book, the author shares series of events about the escaped slaves who wanted freedom.

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    Arthur Gutierrez
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "fleeing for freedom there is no problem there is nothing to worry every thing is good"
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    #13Someone Knows My Name

    Someone Knows My Name

    Someone Knows My Name is a historical fiction novel written by Lawrence Hill, first published in 2007 by W.W. Norton & Company. It tells the story of a woman named Aminata Diallo, who was kidnapped and sold to slavery.
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    Eugene Jensen
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "I didn't really think I would enjoy this book, but the historical details and deft prose of the author won me over. The characters are true to life and the story of Aminata's journey is moving and brilliantly told. "

Summary

Best What are the best books about the African slave trade
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Twelve Years a SlaveBooks 27 Paid
2Uncle Tom's CabinBooks 24 Paid
3BelovedBooks 23 Paid
4The Adventures of Huckleberry FinnBooks 23 Free
5Absalom, Absalom!Books 21 Paid
6RootsBooks 21 Paid
7Incidents in the Life of a Slave GirlBooks 20 Paid
8Nat Turner's Slave RebellionBooks 18 Paid
9The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah EquianoBooks 18 Paid
10Roll, Jordan, Roll: The World the Slaves MadeBooks 16 Paid
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