Historical fiction books about slavery

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Books about American slavery (366 books)

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Many historical fiction authors have confronted our nation's cruel, inhumane past by crafting books about slavery. In the early 17th century, Dutch traders first.
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10 Must-Read Novels about American Slavery

This list of must-read books of U. She escapes, crisscrosses the country by train and arrives in a small Montana town as the widowed Mrs. Dulcy tries to immerse herself in her new identity, but the hovering specter of being discovered haunts around every corner. But 1,page tomes of dense history are not exactly conducive to beach or picnic reading. How about instead one or a dozen of these must read works of historical fiction set in the US?

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The book, which was written by Ramin Ganeshram and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton, focused on George Washington's enslaved cook, Hercules, and his daughter Delia, as the two overcome obstacles to make a cake for Washington's birthday. Many critics argued that it displayed an overly rosy view of a slave's life, and the book was deluged with one-star on Amazon reviews. It's not the first such misstep in recent months, however; last fall, McGraw-Hill apologized after a Texas mother, Roni Dean-Burren, publicly criticized her son's World Geography textbook for euphemistically describing Africans brought to America in the slave trade as "workers. While the writer-illustrator-editor team who worked on this book come from diverse backgrounds and are steeped in historically accurate renditions of black history, the fact remains that too many Americans -- particularly white Americans -- don't grasp, or prefer not to grasp, the depth and breadth of slavery's horrors. It's not uncommon to see clueless social media posts or read obtuse comments by politicians arguing that slavery ultimately benefited African-Americans because it brought them to America, or that they were better off under slavery than they are now. Many children, and, sadly, their parents, still need to learn that slavery wasn't idyllic, a boon to their family lives, or an improvement over remaining in their homelands. In fact, slavery was often brutal and dehumanizing even when owners exhibited basic kindness.

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