American Slavery and the Fight for Freedom (Read Woke ™ Books)

This examination of slavery in America balances accounts of oppression with true stories of resistance and resilience, centering on the voices of enslaved people. Page Plus QR codes link readers to primary source recordings from the Voices Remembering Slavery collection at the Library of Congress. Reflection questions and an activism spread offer ways to understand and address the modern legacy of slavery.

Read Woke™ Books are created in partnership with Cicely Lewis, the Read Woke librarian. Inspired by a belief that knowledge is power, Read Woke Books seek to amplify the voices of people of the global majority (people who are of African, Arab, Asian, and Latin American descent and identify as not white), provide information about groups that have been disenfranchised, share perspectives of people who have been underrepresented or oppressed, challenge social norms and disrupt the status quo, and encourage readers to take action in their community.

Cover: Resistance to Slavery: From Escape to Everyday Rebellion
Cover: Jim Crow: Segregation and the Legacy of Slavery
Cover: Slavery and Reconstruction: The Struggle for Black Civil Rights
Title Season Add to Cart
Abolitionism: The Movement to End Slavery Soon! Spring 2022
Jim Crow: Segregation and the Legacy of Slavery Soon! Spring 2022
Resistance to Slavery: From Escape to Everyday Rebellion Soon! Spring 2022
Slavery and Reconstruction: The Struggle for Black Civil Rights Soon! Spring 2022
Slavery and the Civil War: Rooted in Racism Soon! Spring 2022
The Slave Trade: Black Lives and the Drive for Profit Soon! Spring 2022
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  • Soon! Spring 2022
  • New! Fall 2021
  • New! Spring 2021