Non-Fiction
Mules and Men
Tell My Horse

Dust Tracks on a Road
​(autobiography)



Slave Narratives & Other Non-Fiction

The United States Governed by Six Hundred Thousand Despots by John Swanson Jacobs

&

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Ann Jacobs



Biography

Harriet Jacobs: A Life by Jean Fagan Yellin

Longform Journalism

The 1619 Project by Nikole Hannah-Jones & The New York Times Magazine

Selected Works of Zora Neal Hurston

A Glimpse Into The Black Experience in the United States

Novels

Jonah’s Gourd Vine
Their Eyes were Watching God
Moses, Man of the Mountain

Additional Recommended Reading

Master Slave Husband Wife: An Epic Journey from Slavery to Freedom by Ilyon Woo 

A novel based on the true story of Ellen, a fair skin black woman, and William Craft, who in 1848 disguised themselves as a disabled white man and his black manservant and traveled from Georgia to Philadelphia.

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi 

The novel begins with two Ghanaian sisters who lead parallel, yet divergent lives: one stays in Ghana and becomes a wealthy slave traders’ wife; one is sold into slavery and sent to America.

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead 

A slave escapes a Georgia plantation and makes her way toward freedom, suffering horrifying setbacks along the way.

Summer Reading Program

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