In our CLC series on Slavery and Abolition, we have a range of books on the abolition struggle (as well as some arguing for the ‘peculiar institution’), including a number of works by black writers. For Black History Month, here is a list of authors, linked either to their books or to more information about them.
William Wells Brown: American slave who attended the 1849 International Peace Conference in Paris.
William and Ellen Craft: who ran a thousand miles for freedom.
Ottobah Cugoano: who wrote to King George III on the ‘Evil and Wicked Traffic of the Slavery and Commerce of the Human Species‘.
Frederick Douglass: escaped slave and leader of the American abolitionist movement.
Olaudah Equiano: given the name Gustavus Vasa by his owner, ex-slave, former sailor and campaigning abolitionist.
Archibald Grimké: born a slave, the first African-American to graduate from Harvard Law School, who wrote a biography of William Lloyd Garrison.
Ignatius Sancho: the first black Briton to vote in Parliamentary elections.
Prince Sanders: teacher and advocate of black American emigration to Africa and Haiti.
Booker T. Washington: self-educated writer and teacher.
There are almost certainly more: let us know!