Black History Month

February 1, 2019

February is Black History Month, so if you are a bookworm interested in taking some extra time to educate yourself about this extraordinary subject and its multicultural mark on the world, the best way to learn is through Books! Check out these great choices to raise awareness and celebrate African American heritage and tradition.

1 Twelve Years A Slave

Twelve Years A Slave

Solomon Northup | Fiction Classics


The classic book, Twelve Years A Slave, by Solomon Northup.

2 The Souls of Black Folk

The Souls of Black Folk

W.E.B DuBois | Psychology & Culture


A description and analysis of Black Folks during and Coming Out of Slavery

3 Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

Frederick Douglass | Biography


Autobiographical novel by abolitionist, author, and reformer Frederick Douglass. One of America's most prominent figures in African-American and United States history, Douglass' autobiography historically has been used for teaching the concepts of freedom and social development.

4 Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves

Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves

Anonymous. | Anthropology


The slave narrative is a literary form which grew out of the written accounts of enslaved Africans in Britain and its colonies, including the later United States, Canada and Caribbean nations. Some six thousand former slaves from North America and the Caribbean gave accounts of their lives during the 18th and 19th centuries, with about 150 narratives published as separate books or pamphlets. In the 1930s in the United States, during the Great Depression, additional oral narratives on life during slavery were collected by writers sponsored and published by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) of the President Franklin D. Roosevelt's administration.

5 High Cotton

High Cotton

P. J. Dunn | Fiction


High Cotton (a slave's tale) MAAFA, THE AFRICAN HOLOCAUST AND THE SURVIVAL OF A TWELVE YEAR OLD BOY. "Riveting tale of a twelve year old boy kidnapped and sold to Dutch slave traders and his strength, and determination to be free." Kidnapped from his home, along with his brother, sold into slavery, Manni was determined to not only survive, but to overcome the torture and atrocities heaped upon him and his people by the ruthless Yoruba Warriors, then the Dutch slave traders. Somehow, in someway Manni touched the heartstrings of a rough, tough, barbaric ship's captain. But then, he was given over to the humiliation of the slave auction, purchased by a Plantation owner, where he spent the next eight years in servitude to his master. Civil war, southern defeat, emancipation, and he suddenly found himself to be free. He left the plantation and returned to the only other life he knew, the sailing ship, the Albatross.

6 The Economics of Negro Slavery

The Economics of Negro Slavery

Robert Evans Jr. | Economics (Academic)


A new and interesting angle on the functions of Negro Slavery

7 Up from Slavery: An Autobiography

Up from Slavery: An Autobiography

B.T. Washington | Biography


Long revered as one of the greatest American autobiographies ever written by the 19th Century African-American businessman, activist, and educator, Booker T. (Taliaferro) Washington. Download the FREE e-Book version today!

8 Bloody Kansas

Bloody Kansas

Farley W. Jenkins, Jr. | Fiction


The Reverend Jacob Channing is a man on a mission: To abolish the practice of slavery once and for all. To that end, he leads a settlement of the Kansas Territory, but so does a prominent slave-holding Missourian. As John Brown's raid sets everyone on edge, the battle for Kansas turns bloody. Download this FREE e-book today!

9 Uncle Tom's Cabin, Young Folks' Edition

Uncle Tom's Cabin, Young Folks' Edition

Harriet Beecher Stowe | Children's Classics


This e-book includes the stories of ancient times, and the barter system that existed between masters and slaves. Uncle Tom felt unhappier than ever. He had hoped to at least have a little room that he could keep clean and tidy. But not even the hole he had did he have to himself. He had to share it with five or six others.

10 Life of a Slave Girl

Life of a Slave Girl

herself | Memoirs & Biography


Reader be assured this narrative is no fiction. I am aware that some of my adventures may seem incredible; but they are, nevertheless, strictly true. I have not exaggerated the wrongs inflicted by Slavery; on the contrary, my descriptions fall far short of the facts. I have concealed the names of places, and given persons fictitious names. I had no motive for secrecy on my own account, but I deemed it kind and considerate towards others to pursue this course.

11 An Address to Free Colored Americans

An Address to Free Colored Americans

Anti-Slavery Convention | History (Academic)


An important abolitionist document

12 History of Negro Soldiers in the Spanish-American War, and Other Items of Interest

History of Negro Soldiers in the Spanish-American War, and Other Items of Interest

Edward A Jones | Sociology


On July 18, 1936, a fascist-led counter-revolutionary army revolt began against the five-year-old Spanish Republic and the coalition of various centrist and progressive parties that had been popularly elected five months before. The coalition was called the Popular Front and included the Communist Party of Spain. The revolt received crucial logistical and material support from fascist regimes in Germany, Italy and Portugal. The German and Italian air forces deployed over Spain and terror-bombed densely populated, working-class neighborhoods in Madrid and Barcelona while submarines blockaded Republican seaports. By November 1936 the situation was desperate. The Spanish Republic pleaded for help against the fascist onslaught. Communists, trade unionists and progressives all over the wo...