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The Good Lord Bird by James McBride

Set amid the violence of 1857 Kansas, The Good Lord Bird is a story about famed abolitionist John Brown, as told through the experiences of a young slave, Henry Shackleford, who was abducted by Brown. Masquerading as a girl in order … Continue reading

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The Invention Of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

Set in Charleston in the early 19th century, Sue Monk Kidd presents a work of historical fiction about the Grimke sisters – two real life abolitionists.  They grew up in a slave-owning family and eventually settled in the North, writing … Continue reading

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Twelve Years A Slave by Solomon Northrup

Originally published in 1853, Twelve Years a Slave is Solomon’s Northrup’s personal account of how he was kidnapped and sold into slavery.  Born a free man in Saratoga, New York, Northrup’s narrative is meant to be a factual, unemotional account, but … Continue reading

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The Secrets of Mary Bowser by Lois Leveen

Among the many Southerners who were determined to help the North win the US Civil War, was a woman called Elizabeth Van Lew.  Called “Crazy Bet,” she resided in Richmond, and not only aided Union POWs at the local prison; … Continue reading

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The Color Of Lightning by Paulette Jiles

In 1863, a freed black man settles with his wife and three children on the plains of North Texas, only to have their dream turn into a nightmare. While Britt Johnson was away getting supplies, a violent Indian attack leaves … Continue reading

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My Name is Resolute by Nancy E. Turner

Do you love historical fiction?  Do you enjoy a gripping adventure?  Do you have the time to read a 600 page page-turner? If you answered “yes” to these questions, My Name is Resolute is a must read for you! The novel … Continue reading

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The House Girl by Tara Conklin

The House Girl is a work of historical fiction about a 17 year old slave, Josephine Bell, who runs away from her master in 1852.  Fast forward to the 2004:  a New York City attorney, Lina Sparrow, is assigned to a … Continue reading

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