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Best Slavery Books You Should Read

There are countless Slavery courses, tutorials, articles available online, but for some, having a book is still a necessity to learn. This is an up-to-date list of recommended books.

1. Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II (2009)

Best Slavery Books You Should ReadIn this groundbreaking historical expose, Douglas A. Blackmon brings to light one of the most shameful chapters in American history—an “Age of Neoslavery” that thrived from the aftermath of the Civil War through the dawn of World War II.Using a vast record of original documents and personal narratives, Douglas A. Blackmon unearths the lost stories of slaves and their descendants who journeyed into freedom after the Emancipation Proclamation and then back into the shadow of involuntary servitude shortly thereafter. By turns moving, sobering, and shocking, this unprecedented account reveals the…
Author(s): Douglas A. Blackmon

2. Slavery: A World History (1993)

Best Slavery Books You Should ReadSlavery is not and has never been a “peculiar institution,” but one that is deeply rooted in the history and economy of most countries. Although it has flourished in some periods and declined in others, human bondage for profit has never been eradicated completely.In Slavery: A World History renowned author Milton Meltzer traces slavery from its origins in prehistoric hunting societies; through the boom in slave trading that reached its peak in the United States with a pre-Civil War slave population of 4,000,000; through the forced labor under…
Author(s): Milton Meltzer

3. Sexuality and Slavery: Reclaiming Intimate Histories in the Americas (Gender and Slavery Ser.) (2018)

Best Slavery Books You Should ReadIn this groundbreaking collection, editors Daina Ramey Berry and Leslie M. Harris place sexuality at the center of slavery studies in the Americas (the United States, the Caribbean, and South America). While scholars have marginalized or simply overlooked the importance of sexual practices in most mainstream studies of slavery, Berry and Harris argue here that sexual intimacy constituted a core terrain of struggle between slaveholders and the enslaved. These essays explore consensual sexual intimacy and expression within slave communities, as well as sexual relationships across lines of race, status, and power….
Author(s): Daina Ramey Berry, Leslie M. Harris, et al.

4. American Slavery: 1619-1877 (10th Anniversary Edition) (2003)

Best Slavery Books You Should ReadIn terms of accessibility and comprehensive coverage, Kolchin’s American Slavery is a singularly important achievement. Now updated to address a decade of new scholarship, the book includes a new preface, afterword, and revised and expanded bibliographic essay. It remains the best book to introduce a subject of profound and lasting importance, one that lies at the center of American history. #152,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #17 in Historical Bibliographies & Indexes #18 in Science Bibliographies & Indexes #599 in United States History (Books) Would you like to ?If you are a…
Author(s): Peter Kolchin

5. Slavery at Sea: Terror, Sex, and Sickness in the Middle Passage (New Black Studies Series) (2016)

Best Slavery Books You Should ReadMost times left solely within the confine of plantation narratives, slavery was far from a land-based phenomenon. This book reveals for the first time how it took critical shape at sea. Expanding the gaze even more widely, the book centers on how the oceanic transport of human cargoes–known as the infamous Middle Passage–comprised a violently regulated process foundational to the institution of bondage. Sowande’ Mustakeem’s groundbreaking study goes inside the Atlantic slave trade to explore the social conditions and human costs embedded in the world of maritime slavery. Mining ship logs, records and personal documents, Mustakeem teases…
Author(s): Sowande M Mustakeem

6. The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism (2016)

Best Slavery Books You Should ReadAmericans tend to cast slavery as a pre-modern institution — the nation’s original sin, perhaps, but isolated in time and divorced from America’s later success. But to do so robs the millions who suffered in bondage of their full legacy. As historian Edward E. Baptist reveals in the prizewinning The Half Has Never Been Told, the expansion of slavery in the first eight decades after American independence drove the evolution and modernization of the United States. In the span of a single lifetime, the South grew from a narrow coastal strip of worn-out tobacco plantations to a…
Author(s): Edward E. Baptist

7. Up from Slavery: An Autobiography (2010)

Best Slavery Books You Should ReadBooker T. Washington recalled his childhood in his autobiography, Up From Slavery. He was born in 1856 on the Burroughs tobacco farm which, despite its small size, he always referred to as a “plantation.” His mother was a cook, his father a white man from a nearby farm. “The early years of my life, which were spent in the little cabin,” he wrote, “were not very different from those of other slaves.” He went to school in Franklin County – not as a student, but to carry books for one of James Burroughs’s daughters. It was illegal to educate slaves. “I had the feeling that to get into a schoolhouse and study would be about the same as…
Author(s): Booker T. Washington

8. American Slavery, American Freedom (2003)

Best Slavery Books You Should Read“Thoughtful, suggestive and highly readable.”―New York Times Book Review In the American Revolution, Virginians were the most eloquent spokesmen for freedom and quality. George Washington led the Americans in battle against British oppression. Thomas Jefferson led them in declaring independence. Virginians drafted not only the Declaration but also the Constitution and the Bill of Rights; they were elected to the presidency of the United States under that Constitution for thirty-two of the first thirty-six years of its existence. They were all slaveholders. In the new preface Edmund S. Morgan writes: “Human relations among us still suffer…
Author(s): Edmund S. Morgan

9. Up From Slavery (2018)

Best Slavery Books You Should ReadUp from Slavery is the 1901 autobiography of Booker T. Washington detailing his personal experiences in working to rise from the position of a slave child during the Civil War, to the difficulties and obstacles he overcame to get an education at the new Hampton University, to his work establishing vocational schools—most notably the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama—to help black people and other disadvantaged minorities learn useful, marketable skills and work to pull themselves, as a race, up by the bootstraps. He reflects on the generosity of both teachers and philanthropists who helped in educating blacks and native Americans. He…
Author(s): Booker T. Washington

10. Slavery and Public History: The Tough Stuff of American Memory (2008)

Best Slavery Books You Should ReadAmerica’s slave past is being analyzed as never before, yet it remains one of the most contentious issues in U.S. memory. In recent years, the culture wars over the way that slavery is remembered and taught have reached a new crescendo. From the argument about the display of the Confederate flag over the state house in Columbia, South Carolina, to the dispute over Thomas Jefferson’s relationship with his slave Sally Hemings and the ongoing debates about reparations, the questions grow ever more urgent and more difficult.Edited by noted historians James Oliver Horton and Lois E. Horton, this…
Author(s): James Oliver Horton, Lois E. Horton

11. Slavery’s Constitution: From Revolution to Ratification (2010)

Best Slavery Books You Should ReadTaking on decades of received wisdom, David Waldstreicher has written the first book to recognize slavery’s place at the heart of the U.S. Constitution. Famously, the Constitution never mentions slavery. And yet, of its eighty-four clauses, six were directly concerned with slaves and the interests of their owners. Five other clauses had implications for slavery that were considered and debated by the delegates to the 1787 Constitutional Convention and the citizens of the states during ratification. This “peculiar institution” was not a moral blind spot for America’s otherwise enlightened framers, nor was it…
Author(s): David Waldstreicher

Best Slavery Books You Should Read

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some slavery books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Remembering Slavery: African Americans Talk About Their Personal Experiences of Slavery and Emancipation

Author(s): Ira Berlin, Marc Favreau, Steven F. Miller
Publisher: The New Press, Year: 26 July 2011, Size: 5 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2381792

Abolitionism and the Persistence of Slavery in Italian States, 1750–1850

Author(s): Giulia Bonazza
Publisher: Springer International Publishing,Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2019, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2309729

Slavery in the Islamic World: Its Characteristics and Commonality

Author(s): Mary Ann Fay
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US, Year: 2019, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2314164

Slavery and the University: Histories and Legacies

Author(s): Leslie Harris; James Campbell; Alfred Brophy; Ruth J Simmons; Craig Steven Wilder; Jennifer Bridges Oast; Kabria Baumgartner; J Brent Morris; Sven Beckert; Balraj Gill; Jim Henle; Katherine Stevens; Ellen Griffith Spears; James C Hall; Mark Auslander; Craig B Hollander; Martha A. Sandweiss; Patrick Jamieson; A James Fuller; Diane Windham Shaw; Ywone Edwards-Ingram; R Owen Williams; Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham
Publisher: University of Georgia Press, Year: 2019, Size: 3 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2327233

Separate: The Story of Plessy v. Ferguson, and America’s Journey from Slavery to Segregation

Author(s): Steve Luxenberg
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Year: 2019, Size: 23 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2329400

Illusions of Emancipation: The Pursuit of Freedom and Equality in the Twilight of Slavery

Author(s): Joseph P. Reidy
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press, Year: 2019, Size: 24 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2332070

They Were Her Property: White Women and the Economy of American Slavery

Author(s): Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers
Publisher: Yale University Press, Year: 2019, Size: 3 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2338046

The Afterlife of Reproductive Slavery: Biocapitalism and Black Feminism’s Philosophy of History

Author(s): Alys Eve Weinbaum
Publisher: Duke University Press Books, Year: 2019, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2363098

Slavery and the Making of Early American Libraries: British Literature, Political Thought, and the Transatlantic Book Trade, 1731-1814

Author(s): Sean Moore
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA, Year: 2019, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2367239

The Sage Handbook of Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery

Author(s): Jennifer Bryson Clark, Sasha Poucki, Sanja Milivojevic
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Year: 2019, Size: 6 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2375176

Please note that this booklist is not errorless. Some books are truly best-sellers according to Los Angeles Times, others are composed by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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