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Black heroes your children will love (Pre-1900)

M. Heiss
The list author says: "These books present historical, fictional, and/or legendary black characters that will inspire your family. Emphasis on enjoyable, entertaining, and/or visually interesting books. This is a running list."
Seven Miles to Freedom: The Robert Smalls Story
Seven Miles to Freedom: The Robert Smalls Story
"Robert Smalls"
American Slave, American Hero: York of the Lewis and Clark Expedition
American Slave, American Hero: York of the Lewis and Clark Expedition
"York"
An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 (Newbery Honor Book)
An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 (Newbery Honor Book)
"The Free African Society in Philadelphia"
Frederick Douglass: Abolitionist Hero (Childhood of Famous Americans)
Frederick Douglass: Abolitionist Hero (Childhood of Famous Americans)
"Frederick Douglass"
A Voice of Her Own: The Story of Phillis Wheatley, Slave Poet
A Voice of Her Own: The Story of Phillis Wheatley, Slave Poet
"Phyllis Wheatley"
From Slave Ship to Freedom Road
From Slave Ship to Freedom Road
"for older kids.  Graphic violence and suffering."
Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom (Caldecott Honor Book)
Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom (Caldecott Honor Book)
"Harriet Tubman"
Nat Turner and the Virginia Slave Revolt (Journey to Freedom: The African American Library)
Nat Turner and the Virginia Slave Revolt (Journey to Freedom: The African American Library)
"Older students"
A Picture of Freedom: The Diary of Clotee, a Slave Girl, Belmont Plantation, Virginia 1859 (Dear America Series )
A Picture of Freedom: The Diary of Clotee, a Slave Girl, Belmont Plantation, Virginia 1859 (Dear America Series )
The Underground Railroad for Kids: From Slavery to Freedom with 21 Activities (For Kids series)
The Underground Railroad for Kids: From Slavery to Freedom with 21 Activities (For Kids series)
Henry's Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad
Henry's Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad
"Henry Box Brown"
Under the Quilt of Night
Under the Quilt of Night
Secret Signs: An Escape Through the Underground Railroad
Secret Signs: An Escape Through the Underground Railroad
Forty Acres and Maybe a Mule
Forty Acres and Maybe a Mule
"Reconstruction"
They Called Themselves the K.K.K.: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group
They Called Themselves the K.K.K.: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group
"older children -- how to survive and resist terror.  LOTS of heroic rebellion against the KKK terrorists."
John Henry (Picture Puffins)
John Henry (Picture Puffins)
Booker T. Washington: Great American Educator (Graphic Library: Graphic Biographies)
Booker T. Washington: Great American Educator (Graphic Library: Graphic Biographies)
Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U. S. Marshal (Exceptional Social Studies Titles for Intermediate Grades) (Nelson, Vaunda Micheaux)
Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U. S. Marshal (Exceptional Social Studies Titles for Intermediate Grades) (Nelson, Vaunda Micheaux)
Wagon Wheels (I Can Read, Book 3) (Book & CD
Wagon Wheels (I Can Read, Book 3) (Book & CD
Bound for the North Star: True Stories of Fugitive Slaves
Bound for the North Star: True Stories of Fugitive Slaves
"A collection of stories told by escaped slaves, in their own words.  Exciting narratices.  For older kids."
Buffalo Soldiers: The Story of Emanuel Stance
Buffalo Soldiers: The Story of Emanuel Stance
"Active and exciting young men -- pro learning, pro military"
The Prison-Ship Adventure of James Forten, Revolutionary War Captive (History's Kid Heroes (Quality Paper))
The Prison-Ship Adventure of James Forten, Revolutionary War Captive (History's Kid Heroes (Quality Paper))
"Revolutionary War prisoner"
Amos Fortune, Free Man (Newbery Library, Puffin)
Amos Fortune, Free Man (Newbery Library, Puffin)
Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave
Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave
Freedom River (Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Books)
Freedom River (Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Books)
"Outstanding illustration style -- great for one-on-one reading with your child.  Fascinating illustrations, great story -- this book is a winner."
A Picture Book of Sojourner Truth (Picture Book Biography)
A Picture Book of Sojourner Truth (Picture Book Biography)
"Great picture biography for young grades -- 1st/2nd.  Very good illustrations; captures the sadness and hope of Sojourner Truth's life."
A Picture Book of Frederick Douglass (Picture Book Biography) (Picture Book Biographies)
A Picture Book of Frederick Douglass (Picture Book Biography) (Picture Book Biographies)
"Phenomenal picture biography for primary grades.  It does show and tell about Frederick's aunt being bound and enduring a whipping."
Amistad Rising: A Story of Freedom
Amistad Rising: A Story of Freedom
"Zoomed-in illustrations -- this is excellent."
Black Hands, White Sails: The Story of African-American Whalers
Black Hands, White Sails: The Story of African-American Whalers
"Not very well-written, but it will give your child many jumping-off points for learning about this iteresting aspect of American history"
Stop the Train!
Stop the Train!
"The secondary character, Monday Morning, ibrings a smile to my face.  Self taught but well-read, full of puns.  I wish he had his own book."
God King: A Story in the Days of King Hezekiah (Living History Library)
God King: A Story in the Days of King Hezekiah (Living History Library)
Mansa Musa: The Lion of Mali
Mansa Musa: The Lion of Mali
Benjamin Banneker: Astronomer and Mathematician (Fact Finders Biographies: Great African Americans)
Benjamin Banneker: Astronomer and Mathematician (Fact Finders Biographies: Great African Americans)
"easy to read, good biographical information, inspire your kids to study science and math"
More Than Anything Else
More Than Anything Else
"young Booker T. Washington"
Words Set Me Free: The Story of Young Frederick Douglass (Paula Wiseman Books)
Words Set Me Free: The Story of Young Frederick Douglass (Paula Wiseman Books)
"Young Frederick Douglass"
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