Recommended Reading: Books on Slavery for Adults

Reading Adult Book Slavery

Ball, Edward. Slaves in the Family. New York: Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 1998.

Berlin, Ira. Many Thousands Gone: The First Two Centuries of Slavery in North America. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1998.

Blakely, Allison. Blacks in the Dutch World: The Evolution of Racial Imagery in a Modern Society. Bloomington, IL: Indiana University Press, 1993.

Carretta Vincent, ed. Unchained Voices: An Anthology of Black Authors in the English Speaking World of the 18th Century. Lexington, KY: University of Kentucky Press, 1996.

The Colonial Laws of New York from the Year 1664 to the Revolution, Vol. I. Albany: James B. Lyon Printer, 1894.

Conniff, Michael L. and Thomas J. Davis. Africans in the Americas: A History of the Black Diaspora. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1994.

Curtin, Philip D. The Atlantic Slave Trade: A Census. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 1969.

Davidson, Basil. African Civilization Revisited: From Antiquity to Modern Times. Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, 1991.

Davis, Thomas L. A Rumor of Revolt: The Great Negro Plot in Colonial New York. New York: Free Press, 1985.

Epstein, Dena J. Sinful Tunes and Spirituals: Black Folk Music to the Civil War. Chicago, IL: University of Illinois Press, 1977.

Goodfriend, Joyce D. Before the Melting Pot: Society and Culture in Colonial New York City, 1664 – 1730. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1992.

Higginbotham, A. Leon Jr., In The Matter of Color: Race & The American Legal Process, The Colonial Period. New York: Oxford University Press, 1978.

Hodges, Graham Russell and Alan E. Brown, eds. Pretends to be Free: Runaway Slave Advertisements from Colonial New York and New Jersey. New York: Garland Press, 1994.

Hodges, Graham Russell. Root and Branch: African Americans in New York & East Jersey 1613 – 1863Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 1999.

Jordan, Winthrop P. White over Black: American Attitudes toward the Negro, 1550 – 1812. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 1968.

Kammen, Michael. Colonial New York: A History. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1975.

Kobrin, David. The Black Minority in Early New York. New York: The University of the State of New York Press, 1971.

Marcus, Grania Bolton. Discovering the African-American Experience in Suffolk County, 1620 – 1860. New York: Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities, 1995.

McManus, Edgar J. A History of Negro Slavery in New York. New York: Syracuse University Press, 1966.

Moss, Richard Shannon. Slavery on Long Island. New York: Garland Press, 1994.

Page, Willie. The Dutch Triangle: The Netherlands and the Atlantic Slave Trade, 1621 – 1664. New York: Garland Publishing, Inc., 1997.

Sterling, Dorothy, ed. Speak Out in Thunder Tones: Letters and Other Writings by Black Northerners, 1787 – 1865. New York: Da Capo Press, 1998.

Taylor, Yuval, ed. I Was Born a Slave: An Anthology of Classic Slave Narratives, Vols. One and Two. Chicago, IL: Lawrence Hill Books, 1999.

Thornton, John. Africa and Africans in the Making of the Atlantic World, 1400 – 1680. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1992.

White, Shane. Somewhat More Independent: The End of Slavery in New York City, 1770 – 1810. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 1991.

Williams-Myers, A. J. Long Hammering: Essays on the Forging of an African American Presence in the Hudson River Valley to the Early Twentieth Century. Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, 1994.

Wilson, Sherrill D. New York City’s African Slaveowners: A Social and Material Culture History. New York: Garland Publishing Co., 1994.

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