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Black History Month: The Fight Against Enslavement

In honor of Black History Month this Research Guide will show what is available at the SVC library and online.

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The life and times of Frederick Douglass : his early life as a slave, his escape from bondage, and his complete history

Raised as a plantation slave who was taught to read and write by one of his owners, Frederick Douglass became a brilliant writer, eloquent orator, and major participant in the stuggle of African-Americans for freedom and equality. In this engrossing, first-hand narrative originally published in 1845, he vividly recounts early years of physical abuse, deprivation and tragedy; his dramatic escape to the North and eventual freedom, abolitionist campaigns, and crusade for full civil rights for former slaves 470 pages.

The Slave's Cause : a history of abolition

This book is a comprehensive new history of the abolition movement in a transnational context. It illustrates how the abolitionist vision ultimately linked the slave's cause to the struggle to redefine American democracy and human rights across the globe. 768 pages.

Escape on the Pearl : the heroic bid for freedom on the Underground Railroad

Traces the failed 1848 escape attempt of more than seventy slaves, an event that galvanized the debate over slavery in Congress, in an account that focuses on the freedom quest of teenage sisters Mary and Emily Edmonson. 432 pages.

John Brown, Abolitionist: the man who killed slavery, sparked the Civil War, and seeded civil rights

John Brown, the controversial Abolitionist who used terrorist tactics against slavery, single-handedly changed the course of American history. This biography by critic and cultural biographer Reynolds brings to life the Puritan warrior who gripped slavery by the throat and triggered the Civil War. 578 pages.

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William Still and the Underground Railroad - YA

William Still was a free black man who lived in Philadelphia during the 1830s. He helped hundreds of runaway slaves on their way north. Still wrote down heir stories of humiliation and cruelty along with their inspiring escapes. After the Civil War he published the stories in a book: The Underground Railroad. 154 pages.

Redfield Farm : a novel of the Underground Railroad - YA

Quakers Ann & Jesse Redfield get involved with the Underground Railroad. This book brings a deep understanding of the details of the Underground Railroad in a tale of a life well-lived. 287 pages. (fiction)

The Underground Railroad

Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. 306 pages. (fiction)

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