Old Dominion University Libraries

Black History Month 2007

From Slavery to Freedom:
Africans in America

from: Association for the Study of African American Life and History


Books in the ODU Perry Library


  • Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem. Profiles in Courage: A Legacy of African-American Achievement. New York: Perennial, 2000.*
  • Franklin, John Hope. From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African Americans. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2000.
  • Hughes, Langston, Milton Meltzer, and C. Eric Lincoln, Eds. A Pictorial History of Blackamericans. 4th rev. ed. New York: Crown Publishers, 1973.
  • Madison, James H. A Lynching in the Heartland: Race and Memory in America. New York: Palgrave, 2001.


  • Bordewich, Fergus M. Bound for Canaan: The Underground Railroad and the War for the Soul of America. New York: Amistad, 2005.
  • Eltis, David. The Rise of African Slavery in the Americas. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2000.*
  • Hadden, Sally E. Slave Patrols: Law and Violence in Virginia and the Carolinas. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2001.
  • Jacobs, Harriet A. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl: Written by Herself. Cambridge, Ma: Harvard University Press, 1987.*
  • Johnson, Charles Richard. Africans in America: America's Journey Through Slavery. New York: Harcourt Brace, 1999.*
  • Jones, Howard. Mutiny on the Amistad: the Saga of a Slave Revolt and its Impact on American Abolition, Law, and Diplomacy. New York: Oxford University Press, 1988.
  • Lovejoy, Paul E. Transformations in Slavery: A History of Slavery in Africa. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2000.*
  • Rawley, James A. The Transatlantic Slave Trade: A History. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 2005.*
  • Redpath, James. The Roving Editor, or, Talks with Slaves in the Southern States. University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1996.*
  • Reynolds, David S. John Brown, Abolitionist: The Man Who Killed Slavery, Sparked the Civil War, and Seeded Civil Rights. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2005.*
  • Robertson, David. Denmark Vesey. New York: Vintage Books, 2000.*
  • Schwartz, Marie Jenkins. Born in Bondage: Growing Up Enslaved in the Antebellum  South. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2000.
  • Slavery and the making of America. Dir. Danté J. James, et al. Perf. Morgan Freeman, et al. 2005. DVD. Ambrose Video Pub., 2005.*
  • Smith, Mark M. Stono: Documenting and Interpreting a Southern Slave Revolt. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press, 2005.*
  • Switala, William J. Underground Railroad in New Jersey and New York. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 2006.*
  • White, Deborah G. Ar'n't I a woman?: Female Slaves in the Plantation South. New York: Norton, 1999.*

Jim Crow/Segregation:

  • Cameron, James. A Time of Terror. Baltimore, MD: Black Classic Press, 1994.*
  • Meyer, Stephen Grant. As Long as They Don't Move Next Door: Segregation and Racial Conflict in American Neighborhoods. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers Inc., 2000.
  • Tumin, Melvin Marvin. Desegregation: Resistance and Readiness. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1958.
  • Waldrep, Christopher. Lynching in America: A History in Documents. New York: New York University Press, 2006.*
  • Woodward, C. Vann. The Strange Career of Jim Crow. New York: Oxford University Press, 1974.*
  • Wormser, Richard. The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2003.

Civil War/Reconstruction :

  • Foner, Eric. Forever Free: The Story of Emancipation and Reconstruction. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2005.
  • Kingseed, Cole C. The American Civil War. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2004.
  • Lewis, Earl. In their own interests : race, class, and power in twentieth-century Norfolk, Virginia. Berkeley : University of California Press, c1991, pp. 202-204. F234.N8L48 1991
  • Middleton, Stephen. Black Congressmen During Reconstruction: A Documentary Sourcebook. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2002.*
  • Woodworth, Steven E. Cultures in conflict--the American Civil War. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2000.

Civil Rights :

  • Arsenault, Raymond. Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggles for Racial Justice. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006.
  • Branch, Taylor. At Canaan’s Edge: America in the King Years, 1965-68. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2006.
  • Branch, Taylor. Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-1963. New York: Simon & Shuster, 1988.
  • Branch, Taylor. Pillar of Fire: America in the King Years, 1963-65. New York: Simon & Shuster, 1998.*
  • Chalmers, David Mark. Backfire: How the Ku Klux Klan Helped the Civil Rights Movement. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2003.
  • Crawford,Vicki L., Jacqueline Anne Rouse, and Barbara Woods, Eds. Women in the Civil Rights Movement: Trailblazers and Torchbearers, 1941-1965. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1993.
  • Feldman, Glen, Ed. Before Brown: Civil Rights and White Backlash in the Modern South. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2004.
  • James v. Almond - January 19, 1959 - 170 F. Supp. 331 (court case to re-open Norfolk's public schools)*
  • King, Richard H. Civil Rights and the Idea of Freedom. New York: Oxford University Press, 1992.
  • Kirk, John A. Martin Luther King, Jr. Harlow, England: Pearson Longman, 2005.*
  • Lyon, Danny. Memories of the Southern Civil Rights Movement. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 1992.

Post-Civil Rights :

  • Gray, Farrah. Reallionaire: Nine Steps to Becoming Rich from the Inside Out. Deerfield Beach, FL: Health Communications, 2004.*

  * Books used in the exhibit cases.

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