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This is a selection of recent non-fiction books about Slavery, Abolitionism, the Underground Railroad, Frederick Douglass, the Civil War and Reconstruction. Check the library catalog for holdings and locations.

Slavery, Abolitionism, and the Underground Railroad

The Abolitionist Movement / Elaine Landau. Discusses the abolitionist movement in the United States, from the time of the slave ships to the end of the Civil War.

 Freedom Roads: Searching for the Underground Railroad / Joyce Hansen and Gary McGowan. Examines the origins and development of the Underground Railroad, with a special focus on the varieties and limitations of historical evidence found in primary sources and artifacts.

Harriet Beecher Stowe : Author and Abolitionist / Ryan P. Randolph. A biography of the nineteenth-century author whose anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom's Cabin helped intensify the disagreement between North and South.

Harriet Tubman / by Jill C. Wheeler. A biography of the African American woman who spent her childhood in slavery and later worked to help other slaves escape north to freedom through the Underground Railroad.

The Liberator : Voice of the Abolitionist Movement / by Stephen Currie. Discusses the abolitionist newspaper, The Liberator, and its founder William Garrison, describing its role in the antislavery movement, its philosophy, reactions to it, and its legacy.

Lincoln and the Abolition of Slavery / by Russell Roberts. Discusses Abraham Lincoln's role in the abolition of slavery, as well as the Civil War and the Emancipation Proclamation.

 Slavery and the Coming of the Civil War, 1831-1861 / Christopher Collier, James Lincoln Collier. Discusses attitudes and events that led up to the Civil War, particularly the institution of slavery.

Slavery and the Underground Railroad : Bound for Freedom / Carin T. Ford. Explains the early plight of the slaves and their run for freedom during and after the Civil War.

Sojourner Truth : Early Abolitionist / Joanne Mattern. Introduces the life of a woman who escaped slavery, traveled and made speeches to help free slaves before and during the Civil War, and helped freed slaves to find jobs and houses after the war

To Be a Slave / Julius Lester ; paintings by Tom Feelings. A compilation, selected from various sources and arranged chronologically, of the reminiscences of slaves and ex-slaves about their experiences from the leaving of Africa through the Civil War and into the early twentieth century.

The Underground Railroad / by Ruth Ashby. Discusses the history of the institution of slavery in the United States, abolitionism and other resistance movements, and the structure, as well as some outstanding people involved with, the Underground Railroad.

The Underground Railroad / Raymond Bial. Striking full-color photographs of historical sites by Bial combine with text to present the routes, lives, and hardships of runaway slaves on their way to freedom on the Underground Railroad before the Civil War.

The Underground Railroad : a Primary Source History of the Journey to Freedom / Philip Wolny. Examines the events and key figures behind the formation and operation of the Underground Railroad, the secretive and illegal organization that helped American slaves escape to freedom in the northern United States and Canada.

Who was Harriet Tubman? / by Yona Zeldis McDonough ; illustrated by Nancy Harrison. A biography of the nineteenth-century woman who escaped slavery and helped many other slaves get to freedom on the Underground Railroad.

Frederick Douglass

Escape from Slavery: the Boyhood of Frederick Douglass / Frederick Douglass. Illustrated by Michael McCurdy. Excerpts from Douglass' autobiography.

Frederick Douglass / Mona Kerby.

Frederick Douglass and the Fight for Freedom / Douglas Miller.

Frederick Douglass and the War Against Slavery / Evelyn Toynton.

Frederick Douglass: Leader Against Slavery / Patricia McKissack. Illustrated with black-and-white historical photos and reproductions.

Frederick Douglass: The Last Day of Slavery / William Miller. Illustrated by Cedric Lucas. A picture book biography focusing on a crucial episode in Douglass' life as a slave - a beating during which he decides to fight back.

He Fought for Freedom: Frederick Douglass / Virginia Schomp.

A Picture Book of Frederick Douglass / David Adler. Illustrated by Samuel Byrd. A picture book biography for young readers.

Voice of Freedom: a Story About Frederick Douglass / Maryann Weidt.

The Civil War and Reconstruction

The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln / Deborah A. Marinelli. Discusses the lives of Abraham Lincoln and John Wilkes Booth, the political reasons for, and details of, the assassination plan, and Lincoln's legacy.

Black, Blue & Gray : African Americans in the Civil War / Jim Haskins. An historical account of the role of African-American soldiers in the Civil War.

Civil War / by John Stanchak. Examines many aspects of the Civil War, including the issue of slavery, secession, the raising of armies, individual battles, the commanders, Northern life, Confederate culture, the surrender of the South, and the aftermath.

Civil War A to Z : a Young Readers' Guide to Over 100 People, Places, and Points of Importance / Norman Bolotin. Alphabetically arranged articles present over 100 people, places, and points of importance of the Civil War.

The Civil War, 1861-1863 / by Rebecca Stefoff. Presents information on some of the causes of the Civil War, the battles fought between 1861 and 1863, and the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.

Days of Jubilee : the End of Slavery in the United States / Patricia C. & Fredrick L. McKissack. Uses slave narratives, letters, diaries, military orders, and other documents to chronicle the various stages leading to the emancipation of slaves in the United States.

Fields of Fury : the American Civil War / written by James M. McPherson. Examines the events and effects of the American Civil War.

Kids During the American Civil War / Lisa A. Wroble. Presents a child's perspective on the Civil War covering industrialization in the North, agriculture and slavery in the South, and daily life in both areas.

Life During the American Civil War / Sarah Sheffield. Discusses the causes and events of the American Civil War, as well as how the war affected people in the Union and the Confederacy differently.

Music in the Civil War / Stephen Currie. Explores the important role of music in the Civil War as it reflected the passions and propaganda of both the North and the South.

Reconstruction / Brendan January. A history of Reconstruction, the period after the Civil War during which programs were implemented to bring the Confederate States back to the Union.

Reconstruction and the Rise of Jim Crow, 1864-1896 / by Christopher Collier, James Lincoln Collier. Describes the struggles following the Civil War to decide how to deal with the newly freed slaves, through the years of Reconstruction, Jim Crow, sharecropping, and segregation.

Scholastic Encyclopedia of the Civil War / Catherine Clinton. Traces the course of the Civil War, year by year, using profiles of important people, eyewitness accounts, and period art.

Slaves to Soldiers : African-American Fighting Men in the Civil War / by Wallace B. Black. Explores the circumstances of African-Americans who fought in the Civil War, including slaves, free southerners, and northerners.

You Wouldn't Want to be a Civil War Soldier! : a War You'd Rather Not Fight / written by Thomas Ratliff ; illustrated by David Antram ; created and designed by David Salariya. Brief text, sidebars, labeled illustrations, and humorous cartoons depict life and events during the four years of the Civil War.