A listing of recommended books, films, websites and places to visit in Connecticut to learn more about the state's historical involvement with slavery.
"Native People of Southern New England, 1500-1650," by Kathleen Joan Bragdon, University of Oklahoma Press, 1996.
"The Name of War," by Jill Lepore, Random House, 1999.
"Indian Slavery in Colonial Times within the Present Limits of the United States," by Almon W. Lauber, University Press of the Pacific, 2002. Columbia University Press, 1913.
"Five Black Lives: The Autobiographies of Venture Smith, James Mars [and others]," Introduction by Arna Bontemps, Wesleyan University Press, 1971.
"From African to Yankee: Narratives of Slavery and Freedom in Antebellum New England," edited by Robert J. Cottrol, M.E. Sharpe, 1998
"Before The Mayflower: A History of Black America, Sixth Revised Edition," by Lerone Bennett Jr., Penguin Books, 1988.
"Disowning Slavery, Gradual Emancipation and 'Race' in New England, 1780-1860," by Joanne Pope Melish, Cornell University Press, 1998.
"The Debt" by Randall Robinson, Plume, 2001. "The Negro in Colonial New England," by Lorenzo J. Greene, Atheneum, 1968.
"Black Yankees: The Development of an Afro-American Subculture in 18th Century New England," by William D. Piersen, University of Massachusetts Press, 2002. "Black Roots in Southeastern Connecticut, 1650-1900," by Barbara Brown and James M. Rose, Gale Research Co., 1980.
"Autobiographies," by Frederick Douglass, Literary Classics of the United States, 1994.
"The Peculiar Institution: Slavery in the Ante-Bellum South," by Kenneth M. Stampp, Knopf, 1956.
"Uncle Tom's Cabin," by Harriet Beecher Stowe, Modern Library, 2001.
"Roots," by Alex Haley, Doubleday, 1976.
"Africans in America: America's Journey through Slavery," 1998 four-part PBS series.
" Amistad," a 1997 film directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Morgan Freeman and Anthony Hopkins
"Roots," a 1977 television drama based on the book by Alex Haley and starring LeVar Burton and Maya Angelou
"She Stood Alone," 1991 television drama about Prudence Crandall and starring Mare Winningham
"Uncle Tom's Cabin," a 1987 film based on Harriet Beecher Stowe's 1852 novel, and starring Samuel L. Jackson and Phylicia Rashad
"1776," the 1972 movie version of the musical written by Sherman Edwards, starring William Daniels, Ken Howard, Howard DaSilva and Blythe Danner.
The Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition, Yale University, New Haven, 203-432-3339
National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America
Connecticut Freedom Trail
Connecticut Historical Society
Amistad America, Inc., Mystic
Underground Railroad Initiative
Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame, Hartford
"Amistad - Give Us Free," a special website by The Hartford Courant and ctnow.com
PLACES OF INTEREST
Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, 77 Forest St., Hartford; 860-522-9258; www.harrietbeecherstowecenter.org
Mystic Seaport, Stonington, 888-973-2767; www.mysticseaport.org
Eli Whitney Museum, 915 Whitney Ave., Hamden; 203-777-1833; www.eliwhitney.org
Prudence Crandall Museum, Canterbury, 860-546-9916; www.chc.state.ct.us/Crandall%20Museum.htm
Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center, Mashantucket, 1-800-411-9671; www.mashantucket.com
The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, 600 Main St., Hartford; 860-278-2670; www.wadsworthatheneum.org
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