Pre-Civil War Slavery, Underground Railroad, Abolitionist

American Historical Fiction

 

 

 

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Hannigan, Kate.   The Detective’s Assistant
In 1859, eleven-year-old Nell goes to live with her aunt, Kate Warne, the first female detective for Pinkerton's National Detective Agency. Nell helps her aunt solve cases, including a mystery surrounding Abraham Lincoln, and the mystery of what happened to Nell's own father. Includes author's note and bibliographic references.

2015

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Lovejoy, Sharon.   Running Out of Night
Journey of an abused twelve-year-old white girl and an escaped slave girl who run away together and form a bond of friendship while seeking freedom.

2014

 

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McKenney, Jason.   A Ride on the Underground Railroad
After returning home upon completion of their first time trip, Zammie and Kyla are eager to travel back in time again. On this second voyage they arrive in Maryland in the cold December of 1850, eleven years prior to the U.S. Civil War. Their journey exposes them firsthand to many of the drudges of slavery: the auction block, the whippings, and a difficult escape from captivity along the famed Underground Railroad. (Time Trip: adventure 2)

2013

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McMann, Lisa.   The Trap Door
Continues the adventures of Dak, Sera, and Riq in mid-nineteenth-century America, where they work to free the Underground Railroad from SQ influences and Riq risks everything to save the life of a young boy. (Infinity Ring: Book 3)

2013

 

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Russell, Krista.   The Other Side of Free

In 1739, having escaped from slavery under the British, thirteen-year-old Jem finds himself in the custody of sharp-tongued Phaedra at Fort Mose in Spanish Florida, but his efforts to break free of Phaedra's will have surprising results.

2013

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Cole, Henry.   Unspoken: a story from the Underground Railroad

In this wordless picture book, a young Southern farm girl discovers a runaway slave hiding behind the corn crib in the barn and decides to help him. (Picture Book)

2012

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Nolen, Jerdine.   Eliza’s Freedom Road: an Underground Railroad diary
A twelve-year-old slave girl begins writing in a journal where she documents her journey via the Underground Railroad from Alexandria, Virginia, to freedom in St. Catharines, Canada.

2011

 Songs of Freedom

Marshall, Bryan & David Marshall.   Songs of Freedom: a journey on the Underground Railroad
Songs of Freedom
is a collaboration of artists, historians and educators to use literacy, video, storytelling, and contemporary music to enrich learning about the history of the Underground Railroad. (Picture Book Collection)

2010

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Polacco, Patricia.   January’s Sparrow
After a fellow slave is beaten to death, Sadie and her family flee the plantation for freedom through the Underground Railroad.

2009

 

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Curtis, Christopher Paul.  Elijah of Buxton
In 1859, eleven-year-old Elijah Freeman, the first free-born child in Buxton, Canada, which is a haven for slaves fleeing the American south, uses his wits and skills to try to bring to justice the lying preacher who has stolen money that was to be used to buy a family's freedom. Newbery Honor Book 2008.

2007

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Rinaldi, Ann.   An Unlikely Friendship: a novel of Mary Todd Lincoln and Elizabeth Keckley
Relates the lives of Mary Todd Lincoln, raised in a wealthy Virginia family, and Lizzy Keckley, a dressmaker born a slave, as they grow up separately then become best friends when Mary's childhood dream of living in the White House comes true.

2007

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Rinaldi, Ann.   The Ever-After Bird
In 1851, thirteen-year-old Cecilia has her eyes opened to the horrors of slavery when she accompanies her ornithologist uncle on an expedition in search of the rare "Scarlet Ibis," and watches as he shows slaves the way to the Underground Railroad.

2007

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Anderson M.T.   The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing
Various diaries, letters, and other manuscripts chronicle the experiences of Octavian, a young African American, from birth to age sixteen, as he is brought up as part of a science experiment in the years leading up to and during the Revolutionary War.

2006

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Draper, Sharon M.   Copper Sun
Two fifteen-year-old girls--one a slave and the other an indentured servant--escape their Carolina plantation and try to make their way to Fort Moses, Florida, a Spanish colony that gives sanctuary to slaves.

2006

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Lester, Julius.   Time’s Memory
Ekundayo, a Dogon spirit brought to America from Africa, inhabits the body of a young African American slave on a Virginia plantation, where he experiences loss, sorrow, and reconciliation in the months preceding the Civil War.

2006

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Woods, Brenda.   My Name is Sally Little Song
When their owner plans to sell one of them in 1802, twelve-year-old Sally and her family run away from their Georgia plantation to look for both freedom from slavery and a home in Florida with the Seminole Indians.

2006

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Wilson, Diane Lee.   Black Storm Comin’
Twelve-year-old Colton, son of a black mother and a white father, takes a job with the Pony Express in 1860 after his father abandons the family on their California-bound wagon train, and risks his life to deliver an important letter that may affect the growing conflict between the North and South.

2005

 

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Woodson, Jacqueline.   Show Way
Sonnie tells the tale of her great-grandma, who, sold into slavery when she was seven years old, created quilts called Show Ways, which were maps for slaves to follow to freedom, and passed this knowledge down for generations to come.

2005

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Pearsall, Shelley.   Trouble Don’t Last
Samuel, an eleven-year-old Kentucky slave, and Harrison, the elderly slave who helped raise him, attempt to escape to Canada via the Underground Railroad.

2002

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Ayres, Katherine.   Stealing South
Sixteen-year-old Will Spencer leaves home to become a peddler, but gets more than he bargained for when he agrees to go to Kentucky, steal two slaves, and help them reach their brother in Canada.

2001

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Hahn, Mary Downing.   Promises to the Dead
Twelve-year-old Jesse leaves his home on Maryland's Eastern Shore to help a young runaway slave find a safe haven in the early days of the Civil War.

2000

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Nixon, Joan Lowery.   Caesar’s Story, 1759
After having been a slave on Carter's Grove plantation near Williamsburg, Virginia, since childhood, Caesar finally finds a way to plan his own future.

2000

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Johnson, Norma.   Over Jordan
In 1836, fourteen-year-old Roxana undertakes a dangerous journey up the Ohio River to help her beloved servant, Jess, and Jess's fiancé, a runaway slave, escape to freedom, aided by Roxana's former teacher Harriet Beecher Stowe.

1999

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Ayres, Katherine.   North By Night: a story of the Underground Railroad
Presents the journal of a sixteen-year-old girl whose family operates a stop on the Underground Railroad.

1998

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Carbone, Elisa.   Stealing Freedom
A novel based on the events in the life of a young slave girl from Maryland who endures all kinds of mistreatment and cruelty, including being separated from her family, but who eventually escapes to freedom in Canada.

1998

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Woodruff, Elvira.   Dear Austin: letters from the underground railroad
In 1853, in letters to his older brother, eleven-year-old Levi describes his adventures in the Pennsylvania countryside with his black friend Jupiter and his experiences with the Underground Railroad.

1998

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Lyons, Mary E.   The Poison Place: a novel
A former slave named Moses reminisces about his famous owner, Charles Willson Peale, and the intrigue surrounding Peale's son's suspicious death.

1997

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McKissack, Patricia C.   A Picture of Freedom: the diary of Clotee, a slave girl
In 1859 twelve-year-old Clotee, a house slave who must conceal the fact that she can read and write, records in her diary her experiences and her struggle to decide whether to escape to freedom.

1997

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Rinaldi, Ann.   Mine Eyes Have Seen
In the summer of 1859, fifteen-year-old Annie travels to the Maryland farm where her father, John Brown, is secretly assembling his provisional army prior to their raid on the United States arsenal at nearby Harpers Ferry.

1997

 

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Lasky, Kathryn.   True North: a novel of the Underground Railroad
Because of the strong influence which her grandfather, an abolitionist, has in her life, fourteen-year-old Lucy assists a fugitive slave girl in her escape.

1996

 

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Rinaldi, Ann.   Hang a Thousand Trees with Ribbons
A fictionalized biography of the eighteenth-century African woman who, as a child, was brought to New England to be a slave, and after publishing her first poem when a teenager, gained renown throughout the colonies as an important black American poet.

1996

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Walter, Mildred Pitts.   Second Daughter: the story of a slave girl
Aissa, the teen-age fictional sister of Elizabeth Freeman, struggles against a system which declares that she is property and that she is to remain silent.

1996

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Guccione, Leslie Davis.   Come Morning
Twelve-year-old Freedom, the son of a freed slave living in Delaware in the early 1850s, takes over his father's work in the Underground Railroad when his father disappears.

1995

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Beatty, Patricia.   Who Comes With Cannons?
In 1861 twelve-year-old Truth, a Quaker girl from Indiana, is staying with relatives who run a North Carolina station of the Underground Railroad, when her world is changed by the beginning of the Civil War.

1992

 

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Lyons, Mary E.   Letters from a Slave Girl: the story of Harriet Jacobs
A fictionalized version of the life of Harriet Jacobs, told in the form of letters that she might have written during her slavery in North Carolina and as she prepared for escape to the North in 1842.

1992

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Beatty, Patricia.   Jayhawker
In the early years of the Civil War, teenage Kansan farm boy Lije Tulley becomes a Jayhawker, an abolitionist raider freeing slaves from the neighboring state of Missouri, and then goes undercover there as a spy.

1991

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Rinaldi, Ann.   Wolf by the Ears
Harriet Hemings, rumored to be the daughter of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings, one of his black slaves, struggles with the problems facing her--to escape from the velvet cage that is Monticello, or to stay, and thus remain a slave.

1991

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Avi.   Something Upstairs
When he moves from Los Angeles to Providence, Rhode Island, Kenny discovers that his new house is haunted by the spirit of a Black slave boy who asks Kenny to return with him to the early nineteenth century and prevent his murder by slave traders.

1988

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Clark, Margaret Goff.   Freedom Crossing
Returning from the South, a fifteen-year-old girl learns that her home is a station on the underground railroad.

1980

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Fox, Paula.   The Slave Dancer
Kidnapped by the crew of an Africa-bound ship, a thirteen-year-old boy discovers to his horror that he is on a slaver and his job is to play music for the exercise periods of the human cargo. Newbery Medal Winner 1974.

1973

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Fritz, Jean.   Brady
A young Pennsylvania boy takes part in the pre-Civil War anti-slavery activities.

1960

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Yates, Elizabeth.   Amos Fortune, Free Man
The life of the eighteenth-century African prince who, after being captured by slave traders, was brought to Massachusetts where he was a slave until he was able to buy his freedom at the age of sixty.

1950