More Black History
Featured Book: Heart and Soul History can be overwhelming. It’s hard to keep the people and places and dates straight. I really like Heart and Soul because the history unfolds like a story. In fact, the book is written like an old lady talking. It’s like listening to your Grandmother explain it.
This book shows how a country can go from thinking a black person was property to having a black president. It explains how changes were slowly made to help make that happen. And it has the BEST paintings by the author, Kadir Nelson.
Listed below are more books and websites to help you learn about the history of slavery in America.
Websites, Activities & Printables:
- National Geographic: The Underground Railroad
- PBS: Africans in America
- Library of Congress: Voices from the Days of Slavery
- National Parks Service: Aboard the Underground Railroad
- American Memory: African American Odyssey
- IndyPL Kids’ Blog Booklist: Juneteenth
- The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis: Slave Artifacts
U.S. History in Context: Slavery is a database you can use in any IndyPL Library Branch or at home. Login using your library card number. It will show you biographies, magazines, videos and more about slavery.
NoveList K-8: Stories about slavery is a database you can use in any IndyPL Library Branch or at home. Login using your library card number. Novelist will show you fiction chapter books and picture books you can read set in the time of the 13 colonies. Click on “Check the Library Catalog” to see if IndyPL has the book.
- Levi Coffin House
- Painting: Fugitives Arriving at an Indiana Farm
- Reminiscences of Levi Coffin
- Indiana Historical Bureau: Slavery in Indiana
- Indiana Historical Bureau: Indiana and Fugitive Slave Laws
- Indiana Historical Bureau: The Politics of Slavery
- Access Geneaology: Slave Narratives of Indiana
- ArtSmart Indiana: The Underground Railroad a Well-Kept Secret
- Full Text eBook: Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves: Indiana Narratives
- Underground Railroad Westfield: Indiana’s Proud and Secret History
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To learn even more about fascinating and inspiring black history makers, visit the Center for Black Literature & Culture at Central Library. The Center is dedicated to celebrating the vibrant and resilient heritage and triumphs of those born of African roots.
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