My Favorite Books on American Slavery Part II
Inhuman Bondage: The Rise and Fall of Slavery in the New World by David Brion Davis: This book changed my life! Davis documents the origins of anti-Black racism and the difference between slavery in ancient times and chattel slavery which began with the birth of modern capitalism. You will never look at history the same way again after reading this book.
Up from Slavery by Booker T. Washington: this is the first slave narrative I read and it solidified why I am proud to be American. The strength and fortitude to survive such oppression is why I became inspired to research my ancestry.
Narrative of the Life of Slave by Frederick Douglass: After reading this book I never used the nigger in casual conservation. Reading how Douglass’ master Auld referred to how reading would spoil a Nigger made me realize the vileness of the word and its power.
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