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Suppression of the African Slave-Trade to the United States of America: 1638-1870

by W. E. B. Du Bois Dover Publications (April 07, 2014)

Well-documented classic examines the South's plantation economy and its influence on the slave trade, the role of Northern merchants in financing the slave trade during the 19th century, and much more.


West African Folk Tales

by Hugh Vernon-Jackson & Patricia Wright Dover Publications (February 16, 2012)

Collection of traditional folk tales introduces a host of interesting people and unusual animals — among them "The Cricket and the Toad," "The Tortoise and His Broken Shell," and "The Boy in the Drum."


Masterpieces of Negro Eloquence: 1818-1913

by Alice Moore Dunbar Dover Publications (May 21, 2013)

51 speeches by prominent African-American leaders include Frederick Douglass' "What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?", plus speeches by Booker T. Washington, W. E. B. Du Bois, Fanny Jackson, and others.


Adventures of an African Slaver

by Captain Theodore Canot Dover Publications (October 12, 2012)

Brimming with information on every aspect of the slave trade in the nineteenth century, this detailed account by a former slave ship captain accurately portrays the appalling machinery of commercial slavery....


The Tragedy of Lynching

by Arthur F. Raper Dover Publications (February 16, 2012)

Thorough accounts and analyses of more than 20 lynchings that occurred during 1930, examining in detail the alleged crime, mob formation, police behavior, the area's economic background, existing race relations,...


Narrative of My Escape from Slavery

by Moses Roper Dover Publications (November 21, 2012)

This 1838 autobiography recounts the experiences of a North Carolina slave who was sold or traded until his escape to New England. Roper's moving reminiscences offer a powerful account of life in bondage.


The Narrative of William W. Brown, a Fugitive Slave

by William Wells Brown Dover Publications (February 10, 2012)

An influential force in the abolition movement and a lasting testimonial to the injustice of slavery, Brown's 1847 Narrative offers a sincere and moving account of the author's experiences as a slave in Missouri....


Frederick Douglass

by Charles Chesnutt Dover Publications (February 13, 2013)

Examines the life of one of the most influential promoters of the civil rights movement. Covers Douglass' early life in slavery, his power and charisma as a public speaker, much more.


Refugees from Slavery: Autobiographies of Fugitive Slaves in Canada

by Benjamin Drew Dover Publications (October 16, 2012)

A soul-stirring account of the abuses suffered by refugees from Southern slave states as well as fresh insights into the workings of the plantation system.


Slave Insurrections in the United States, 1800-1865

by Joseph Cephas Carroll Dover Publications (June 15, 2012)

Fully documented work describes early insurrectionary movements, rebellions at sea, and the Negro's role in the American Revolution. Discussed in detail are Denmark Vesey's 1822 insurrection, Nat Turner's 1831...


Narrative of the Life and Adventures of Henry Bibb: An American Slave

by Henry Bibb & Lucius Matlack Dover Publications (February 05, 2013)

Compelling autobiography presents a touching self-portrait of a man caught between a slave past and a free future.


Autobiography of Josiah Henson: An Inspiration for Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom

by Josiah Henson Dover Publications (July 05, 2012)

Perceptive recollections of author's childhood and youth, forced separation from his wife and children, escape to Canada, role as "conductor" on the Underground Railroad, and meeting with Queen Victoria in England....


The History of Mary Prince: A West Indian Slave Narrative

by Mary Prince Dover Publications (March 29, 2012)

Prince — a slave in the British colonies — vividly recalls her life in the West Indies, her rebellion against physical and psychological degradation, and her eventual escape in 1828 in England.


Fifty Years in Chains

by Charles Ball Dover Publications (November 21, 2012)

Gripping account of southern slavery before the Civil War is a firsthand account of treatment by planters and slaveholders and the perils and suffering of fugitive slaves. An inspiring story of courage.


A Century of Negro Migration

by Carter Godwin Woodson Dover Publications (July 03, 2012)

Traces the migration north and westward of southern blacks, from colonial era through early 20th century. Documented with information from newspapers, letters, academic journals, this study recounts decades...


American Slaves Tell Their Stories: Six Interviews

by Octavia V. Rogers Albert Dover Publications (July 16, 2012)

Vivid narratives recall life during and after the Civil War, from cruel punishments, divided families, and debilitating labor, to religious beliefs and practices, and the condition and progress of former slaves....


Slave Ships and Slaving

by George Francis Dow Dover Publications (December 20, 2012)

Grim commentaries by ships' doctors and captains about slave "factories," living conditions aboard ships, mutinies and their suppression, and more. 54 period illustrations. Unabridged reprint of the classic...


My Bondage and My Freedom

by Frederick Douglass Dover Publications (March 29, 2012)

Born a slave, Douglass became outspoken force in antislavery movement. The best of Douglass's autobiographies. Graphic description of slave life.


Harriet Tubman: The Moses of Her People

by Sarah Bradford Dover Publications (February 09, 2012)

Inspiring story of bravery and self-sacrifice recalls the courageous life of one of the most well-known "conductors" on the Underground Railroad. Recalls the former slave's grim childhood, Union Army efforts,...


The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass

by Frederick Douglass Dover Publications (February 09, 2012)

Amazing, firsthand account vividly recounts Douglass' early years, his physical abuse and deprivation, a dramatic escape to freedom, and his crusade for full civil rights for former slaves.


The Underground Railroad from Slavery to Freedom: A Comprehensive History

by Wilbur H. Siebert Dover Publications (March 13, 2012)

Interviews and excerpts from diaries, letters, biographies, memoirs, speeches, and other firsthand accounts shed much light on the origins of a system that provided aid to fugitive slaves. 46 black-and-white...


Nat Turner's Slave Rebellion: Including the 1831 "Confessions"

by Herbert Aptheker Dover Publications (February 09, 2012)

First full-length study of the bloodiest slave uprising in U.S. history explores the nature of Southern society in the early 19th century and the conditions that led to the rebellion.


Three Narratives of Slavery

by Sojourner Truth, Harriet Jacobs & Mary Prince Dover Publications (August 14, 2012)

Straightforward, yet often poetic, accounts of the battle for freedom, these memoirs by three courageous black women vividly chronicle their struggles in the bonds of slavery, their rebellion against injustice,...


The Underground Railroad: Authentic Narratives and First-Hand Accounts

by William Still & Ian Finseth Dover Publications (February 16, 2012)

From a "conductor" who assisted runaway slaves in their flight to freedom, here is a collection of letters, newspaper articles, and firsthand accounts about refugees' narrow escapes and deadly struggles. Over...


Three African-American Classics: Up from Slavery, The Souls of Black Folk and Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

by W. E. B. Du Bois, Frederick Douglass & Booker T. Washington Dover Publications (February 08, 2012)

Essential reading for students of African-American history includes autobiographies of former slaves Washington and Douglass, plus Du Bois' landmark essays, which counsel an aggressive approach to civil rights....


Voices from Slavery: 100 Authentic Slave Narratives

by Norman R. Yetman Dover Publications (February 16, 2012)

Vivid descriptions of the horrors of slave auctions, and many other unforgettable and sometimes unrepeatable details of slave life. Accompanied by 32 starkly compelling photographs.


The Mis-Education of the Negro

by Carter Godwin Woodson Dover Publications (February 08, 2012)

This landmark work by a pioneering crusader of black education inspired African-Americans to demand relevant learning opportunities that were inclusive of their own culture and heritage.


Twelve Years a Slave

by Solomon Northup Dover Publications (April 06, 2012)

Kidnapped into slavery in 1841, Northup spent 12 years in captivity. This autobiographical memoir represents an exceptionally detailed and accurate description of slave life and plantation society. 7 illustrations....


Aunt Sara's Wooden God

by Mercedes Gilbert Dover Publications (September 20, 2017)

Aunt Sara takes pride in both her sons, mixed-race William and his half-brother, Jim. While hard-working Jim remains at home to tend to the farm, William heads for the bright lights of Macon, ostensibly to study...