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Transatlantic Slavery

Secondary Non Fiction

A selection of titles to support the resources produced by The University of Nottingham for the Nottingham Schools and Transatlantic Slavery Project.

Special collections available at Radford/Lenton and Hyson Green libraries.  Titles are also available from other libraries or can be requested through click and collect.

Punishment and Slavery

Punishment & Slavery by Anthony, William

Have you ever wondered how the movement of people has shaped the world around you?

People have always moved around the world, whether to build a new home or flee from a natural disaster. Without the movement of people, the world would be a very different place.

Slavery: From Africa to the Americas

Slavery: from Africa to the Americas by Hatt, Christine

Charting the history of 24 million people taken from their homes in West Africa by force, and their journey across the Atlantic Ocean to start their new lives in the Americas, this book looks at their constant fight against enslavement, as well as examining the developments in Europe and the USA that brought slavery to an end.

Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman by Agard, Sandra A.

Be inspired by the lives of trailblazers past and present in this fun and factual biography series! How did Harriet Tubman help hundreds of enslaved people reach freedom?

Born into slavery on a Maryland plantation, Harriet’s life was full of hardship. In 1849, she made the brave decision to run away, journeying north on the Underground Railroad.

Despite the dangers, she returned to the South again and again, leading many others to safety. Discover the story of this amazing abolitionist and find out how she overcame every obstacle in the fight for freedom.

Black and British

Black and British: a short, essential history by Olusoga, David

When did Africans first come to Britain? Who are the well-dressed black children in Georgian paintings? Why did the American Civil War disrupt the Industrial Revolution?

These and many other questions are answered in this essential introduction to 1800 years of the Black British history: from the Roman Africans who guarded Hadrian’s Wall right up to the present day.

I will not be erased

‘I will not be erased: our stories about growing up as people of colour’ by Nash, Jess

Gal-dem are an award-winning magazine and creative collective of young women of colour, described by the Guardian as ‘bubbling with energy, ideas and talent’. In this thought-provoking collection of fourteen essays, their writers take raw material from their teenage years – diaries, poems and chat histories – and explore growing up.

Straight-talking, funny and insightful, the essays tackle important subjects including race, gender, mental health and activism, making this essential reading for any young person.

What Is Race

What is race? Who are racists? Why does skin colour matter? And other big questions by Heuchan, Claire

Talk about race is often discouraged, but this title aims to bring everyone into the conversation.

Exploring the history of race and society and giving context to how racist attitudes come into being, the book looks at belonging and identity, the damaging effects of stereotyping and the benefits of positive representation.

The authors talk sensitively about how to identify and challenge racism, and how to protect against and stop racist behaviour.

Black History Matters

Black History Matters by Walker, Robin

This title presents an important and hard-hitting account of the history of black people, looking at African kingdoms, slavery, apartheid, the battle for civil rights and much more.

Important and inspiring black personalities, from Olaudah Equiano to Oprah Winfrey, are highlighted throughout, while achievements and progress are balanced alongside a look at the issues that continue to plague black communities.

Resistance and Abolition

Resistance and Abolition by Lyndon, Dan

Throughout the brutal history of the transatlantic slave trade that took place between the 16th and 19th centuries, Africans resisted enslavement at different times and in many ways.

This book looks at the struggle for freedom and the key events in the build up to the abolition of slavery.

Civil Rights and Equality

Civil Rights and Equality by Lyndon, Dan

Many people of African descent living in Britain and the USA today are linked by a common history: their ancestors were forced into slavery between the 16th and 19th centuries. Their struggle to achieve civil rights – the rights of all people to social and political freedom – has been hard fought. This book looks at the battle against discrimination and segregation, and the growth of the Civil Rights movement. The ‘Black History’ series brings together a wide range of events and experiences from the past to promote knowledge and understanding of black culture today.

Arts and Music

Arts and Music by Lyndon, Dan

Whether you enjoy listening to music, reading books and poetry, watching films or visiting art museums, the contributions made by artists and performers of African origin are all around you.

Rising out of the shackles of slavery in centuries past, to increased recognition in this new century, it is clear that black people have made an enormous contribution to culture around the world.

This title looks at the influences and key movements in the development of black artists and their work across the generations.

Brave Leaders

Brave Leaders and Activists by Miller, J.P.

This volume hails courageous black people through time who have stood up for what they believe in, from slavery abolitionist Harriet Tubman to South African president Nelson Mandela, and from powerful peacemaker Kofi Annan to Neville Bonner, the first Indigenous Australian politician.

Timelines from

Timelines from Black history: leaders, legends, legacies, Dorling Kindersley

Delve into the unique, inspiring, and world-changing history of Black people.

From Frederick Douglass to Oprah Winfrey, and the achievements of ancient African kingdoms to those of the U.S. civil rights movement.

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Spotlight on Nottingham’s Legacy of Slavery

These resources have been made available to support the teaching of the ‘Nottingham’s Legacies of Slavery’ project, which illuminates and explores the backgrounds of several locally commemorated individuals and prominent places.

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