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Slave Trade Text Set and Internet Pathfinder

Selected by Judi Moreillon, Ph.D.

Resources (for educators)

Frank, Andrew. 1995. The Birth of Black America: The Age of Discovery and the Slave Trade. New York: Chelsea House. (ISBN#: 0791022579)

Hayden, Robert. Middle Passage. http://www.cosmoetica.com/S16-DES11.htm

Lester, Julius. 1968. To Be a Slave. Illustrated by Tom Feelings. New York: Dial. (ISBN#: 0803723474) Read selected passages.

Palmer, Colin A. 1995. The First Passage: Blacks in the Americas, 1502-1617. Oxford, UK: Oxford University. (ISBN#:0195099052)

Postma, Johannes. 2003. The Atlantic Slave Trade. Westport, CT: Greenwood. (ISBN#: 031331862X) This book includes primary documents of the Atlantic slave trade (Olaudah Equiano, pp. 105-110).

Resources (for students/educators)

Informational Books

Haskins, James & Benson, Kathleen. 2004. Bound for America: The Forced Migration of Africans to the New World. Illustrated by Floyd Cooper. New York: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard. (ISBN#: 0688102581) Short chapters, drawings, artifacts, and illustrations, timeline, and information about all of the participants: white and black slave traders, Africans, ships, slaves on board ship, and a mention or two of North American buyers.

McKissack, Patricia and Frederick L., Jr. 2004. Hard Labor: The First African Americans, 1619. New York: Aladdin. (ISBN# 0689861508) This 68-page quick read answers questions such as: Who were the first blacks to come to the Americas? When and why did they come? When did racism become a part of slavery?

Meadows, James. 2002. Slavery: The Struggle for Freedom. Chanhassen, MN: The Child's World. (ISBN#: 1567669239) 1450 through the Civil War, this book has powerful illustrations, captions, highlighted glossary words, timeline, index, and accessible text.

Meltzer, Milton. 2000. They Came in Chains: The Story of Slave Ships. New York: Benchmark. (ISBN#: 076140967X) This book provides many details of conditions on slave ships for more sophisticated readers.

Monaghan, Tom. 2003. The Slave Trade. Austin, TX: Raintree Steck-Vaughn. (ISBN#: 0739858025) This book contains accessible, brief paragraphs with information on all stakeholders.

Rappaport, Doreen. 2002. No More! Stories and Songs of Slave Resistance. Illustrated by Shane W. Evans. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick. (ISBN#: 0763609846) Read author's note and use the songs as models for group composition and performance.

Informational Picture Book

Feelings, Tom. 1995. The Middle Passage: White Ships/Black Cargo. New York: Dial. (ISBN#: 0803718047) After introductions by the author-illustrator and a scholar, readers will be moved by this wordless book composed with pen, ink and tempera.

Picture Book Fiction

Myers, Dean Walter. 2003. Blue's Journey. Illustrated by Christopher Myers. New York: Holiday. (ISBN#: 0823416135) This blues poem begins with the Middle Passage and ends in modern days.


Roots. (1977). Warner. From the book by Alex Haley. Each episode is 90 minutes.

For Internet Pathfinder:

As you conduct your research, remember to search for information related to the perspective of your slave trade stakeholder: European slave trader, African slave trader, kidnapped African, slave on board ship, or slaver (ship).

Atlantic Slave Trade

Juneteenth. The Middle Passage: http://www.juneteenth.com/middlep.htm

Library of Congress. Slavery: The Peculiar Institution: The Atlantic Slave Trade: http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/aaohtml/exhibit/aopart1.html

PBS. Africans in America - The Terrible Transformation: The Middle Passage: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part1/1p277.html

Becker, Eddie. Timeline on the History of Slavery: http://innercity.org/holt/slavechron.html

Blues Poem Support

Example by Walter Dean Myers: "Tom Fisher, 38, Blues Singer, Livery Cabbie" from Here in Harlem: Poems in Many Voices. New York: Holiday House, 2004.

PBS: Blues Classroom: National Blues Outreach Campaign: http://www.pbs.org/theblues/classroom.html

The Poetry of the Blues. Donna M. Lee. Design: Aric Attas: http://www.photonlab.com/blues/contentframe.htm

Poetry.org. Poetic Form: Blues Poem: http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/5768

Write Express. Free Online Rhyming Dictionary: http://www.rhymer.com/

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