Story of Slavery, Women in the War

Black History Month 2022 – Recommended Reading

In honor of Black History Month, I wanted to take a moment to recommend some books that give special focus to black women during the Antebellum and Civil War eras. While this isn’t a complete list – and I highly suggest that readers take a moment to find more resources beyond what I mention – these are just a few to spark some interest in a topic that doesn’t seem to get a lot of attention. Feel free to mention more in the comments!


Celia, A Slave by Melton Alonza McLaurin

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs

Ain’t I A Woman? by Sojourner Truth

Six Women’s Slave Narratives by William L. Andrews

Notes from a Colored Girl: The Civil War Pocket Diaries of Emilie Frances Davis by Karsonya Wise Whiteman

Closer to Freedom: Enslaved Women and Everyday Resistance by Stephanie Camp

Ar'n't I a Woman? | Deborah Gray White | W. W. Norton & Company

They Were Her Property: White Women as Slave Owners in the American South by Stephanie Jones-Rogers

Ar’n’t I a Woman?: Female Slaves in the Plantation South by Deborah Gray White

The Essence of Liberty: Free Black Women During the Slave Era by Wilma King

Out of the House of Bondage by Thavolia Glymph

Within the Plantation Household: Black and White Women of the Old South by Elizabeth Fox-Genovese

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