For a list of useful books for teachers, see the Select Bibliography.
Books for Children
Building a New Land, by James Haskins and Kathleen Benson. A well-illustrated and well-researched non-fiction book for elementary and middle school students, covering slavery in New York and other colonies.
If You Lived in Colonial Times, by Ann McGovern. This book for Grades 3-5 is not at all about slavery; in fact, all the illustrated people are white. You might use it to help students think about why the history of northern
slavery was often ignored. The book also answers the kinds of questions children ask about colonial times.
Jump Ship to Freedom, by James Collier and Christopher Collier. A novel for middle school children, this book
follows 14-year-old Daniel, an enslaved boy from Connecticut, as he tries to escape a cruel master and jump
ship in New York.
The Kidnapped Prince: The Life of Olaudah Equiano, by Olaudah Equiano, adapted by Ann Cameron. A children's
version of one of the classics of slavery literature. Olaudah Equiano was an l1- year-old African boy who
was kidnapped into slavery in the 1750s. He purchased his freedom ten years later and moved to England.
Though he did not live in New York, much of Equiano's story applies to the experience of kidnapped African
Once on This River, by Sharon Dennis Wyeth. This novel for middle school children follows an 11-year-old girl
who leaves Madagascar with her mother and travels to New York to try to free her uncle.
A Slave Family, by Bobbie Kalman and Amanda Bishop. A handsomely illustrated non-fiction work for Grades
3-5, this book follows a slave family in Virginia during the colonial period. You might use this book to help children
think about the differences between northern and southern slavery. In New York, for example, slave families
rarely lived together as this Virginia family does.
War Comes to Willie Freeman, by James Collier and Christopher Collier. In this novel, a young black girl disguises
herself as a boy during the Revolution and begins a search for her mother. She is helped in New York by
Sam Fraunces, a black man, owner of the Fraunces Tavern.
http://www.africanburialground.com. The website for the African Burial Ground contains a great deal of information
about the history of the site, the research findings, the reinterment ceremony, and some concerns in the
black community over treatment of the remains.
http://hitchcock.itc.virginia.edu/Slavery. A thousand images are presented on this website about the Atlantic
Slave Trade and slave life in the Americas.
http://www.hudsonvalley.org/web/phil-main.html. This website for Philipsburg Manor in Sleepy Hollow, New
York, provides some fascinating material on how one living history museum has rethought the role slaves played
in its history. Philipsburg Manor is a good field trip destination to learn how slaves worked and lived near New
York City in 1750.
http://people.hofstra.edu/faculty/Alan_J_Singer/slaverycurriculum.html. This valuable website includes slaveryrelated
documents from throughout the New York region, with special emphasis on Long Island.
http://academicinfo.net/africanamslavery.html. This offers a comprehensive set of links to other websites on the
subject of slavery and African Americans.
http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/africa/africasbook.html. This website provides many links related to African culture
http://www.nypl.org/research/sc/sc.html. The website of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a
research library of the New York Public Library, has many searchable collections.