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Monticello Plantation and The Whitney Plantation

  • Annette Gordon-Reed, Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy
  • Annette Gordon-Reed, The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family
  • Erica Armstrong Dunbar, Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of their Runaway Slave Ona Judge

o   Never Caught, The Story of Ona Judge (Young Readers Edition)

  • Deborah Gray White, Ar’n’t I a Woman: Female Slaves in the Plantation South
  • Harriet Jacobs, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • The Confessions of Nat Turner
  • Henry Louis Gates, ed., Six Women’s Slave Narratives
  • Melton McLaurin, Celia, A Slave: A True Story
  • Deidre Cooper Owens, Medical Bondage: Race, Gender, and the Origins of American Gynecology
  • Roger Wilkins, Jefferson’s Pillow: The Founding Fathers and the Dilemma of Black Patriotism
  • Vincent Harding, There is a River: The Black Struggle for Freedom in America
  • Nicole Hannah-Jones, The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story
  • Sadeqa Johnson, Yellow Wife: A Novel

Sankofa (film), Haile Gerima


Angola Prison

  • Albert Woodfox, Solitary: A Biography
  • Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow
  • David Oshinsky, Worse than Slavery: Parchman Farm and the Ordeal of Jim Crow Justice
  • Angela Davis, Are Prisons Obsolete?
  • Bryan Stevenson, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
  • Elizabeth Hinton, From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: The Making of Mass Incarceration in America
  • Talitha LeFlouria, Chained in Silence: Black Women and Convict Labor in the New South

13th (documentary)


Blandford Cemetery

  • Char McCargo Bah, Alexandria’s Freedmen’s Cemetery: A Legacy of Freedom
  • Susie King Taylor, Reminiscences of My Life in Camp: An African American Woman’s Civil War Memoir

Galveston Island

  • Margaret Walker Alexander, Jubilee
  • Annette Gordon-Reed, On Juneteenth


New York City

  • Charles W. Mills, The Racial Contract
  • Leslie Alexander, African or America? Black Identity and Political Activism in New York City 1784-1861
  • Nell Irvin Painter, Sojourner Truth: A Life, A Symbol
  • Leslie M. Harris, In the Shadow of Slavery: African Americans in New York City, 1626-1863
  • Rebecca Hall, WAKE: The Hidden History of Women Led Slave Revolts
  • Eric Williams, Capitalism and Slavery
  • Secrets of the Dead: The Woman in the Iron Coffin (documentary)


Goree Island

 ·  Mueni wa Muiu, “ ‘Civilization on Trail’: The Colonial and Postcolonial State in Africa,” in Journal of Third World Studies, V25, No 1