Slavery and civil rights

Books on Slavery and Civil Rights

The Abolition of the Slave Trade
Allan Leas
Thirteen biographies of "Abolitionists", "Masters" and "Slaves".

The African-American Slave Trade
Christine Hatt
Events, key people and a 'what if' approach.

Britain and the Slave Trade
Rosemary Rees
What life was like for slaves and how the slave trade was established; slave ships and auctions, and working and living conditions on the plantations.

The Dream of Martin Luther King
Liz Gogerly
This book describes the significant role that Martin Luther King played in the Civil Rights Movement in 1960s America and the legacy of his struggle for equal rights for black Americans.

5,000 Miles to Freedom
Judith B Fradin & Dennis B Pradin
What would it take for slaves to escape from the Deep South? For most slaves the thought of escape was unimaginable.

Freedom River
Doreen Rappaport
Describes an incident in the life of John Parker, an ex-slave who became a successful businessman, and who repeatedly risked his life to help other slaves escape.

Freedom Summer
Deborah Wiles
Joe and John Henry do everything together, from shooting marbles to shelling butterbeans. But when the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is passed and the town pool is opened to blacks and whites alike, the two boys discover that the workers have filled in the pool with tar.

The freeing of Nelson Mandela
Simon Beecroft
On February 11th, 1990, the South African activist Nelson Mandela was freed after 27 years in prison. Learn why Nelson Mandela had such a huge influence on the people of South Africa and the end of the apartheid regime.

Great African Americans in Civil Rights
Pat Rediger
Profiles of civil rights leaders and activists, such as Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Rosa Parks, Jesse Jackson and Audley Moore.

Harriet Tubman
John Rowley
The events and achievements that made Harriet Tubman famous.

Harriet Tubman, Secret Agent
Thomas B. Allen
Ex-slave Harriet Tubman who led hundreds of her people to freedom along the Underground Railroad was also a spy for the Union Army.

If You Travelled on the Underground Railroad
Ellen Levine
Where was the safest place to go? Would you use a disguise when you ran? What would you do when you were free? What  it was like to try to escape to freedom on the Underground Railroad.

Martin Luther King
Verna Wilkins
Martin Luther King's life is vividly described through detailed text and illustrations, beginning in America's Deep South to black Americans' civil rights campaigner in the 1960s.

Mohandas Gandhi
David Downing
This book gives a fascinating account of how Mohandas Gandhi became an inspirational figure when India was fighting for its freedom.

Nobody Gonna Turn Me ‘Round: Stories and Songs of the Civil Rights Movement
Doreen Rappaport
The struggles of the black civil rights movement from the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott until the 1965 Voting Rights Bill.

The Old African
Julius Lester
A tale of the horrors of slavery and the hope and strength that overcame its grip.

Struggling for Civil Rights
Stephanie Fitzgerald
This book tracks the events from the abolition of slavery in 1865 to Martin Luther King's death in 1968, and describes the heroism of people like Rosa Parks and James Meredith.

A Sweet Smell of Roses
Angela Johnson
Two young girls sneak out of their house at night to go to a civil rights march.

Walking the Road to Freedom: a Story about Sojourner Truth
Jeri Ferris
Traces the life of the Black woman orator who spoke out against slavery.