Five Black Lives.
Middletown: Wesleyan University Press, 1971. Personal narratives of five black men who were slaves and who lived part or all of their lives in Connecticut. This is a very readable and moving book and is highly recommended.
Black Odyssey: The Case of the Slave Ship Amistad.
New York: The Viking Press, 1971. Enjoyable, easy to read account of the Amistad affair.
Judicial Cases Concerning American Slavery and
Vol. IV. Washington, D.C.: Carnegie Institute of Washington, 1902. Contains summaries of cases related to slavery in Connecticut.
Unpublished. Excellent insight into attitudes and personalities of people involved in the Prudence Crandall case.
Fowler, William C.
The Historical Status of the Negro in Connecticut
. New Haven: Tuttle, Morehouse and Taylor, 1875. Rationalized the inferior position of blacks in Connecticut.
Prudence Crandall: An Incident of Racism in Nineteenth Century Connecticut
. Middletown: Wesleyan University Press, 1971. Short, easy to read account of the case.
Greene, Lorenzo J.
The Negro in Colonial New England
. New York: Athenaeum, 1968. A standard work containing much information about blacks in New England and Connecticut.
Kimball, John C.
Connecticut’s Canterbury Tale
. Hartford: Plimpton Print, 1888. A brief emotional description of the Prudence Crandall incident. Contains some minor inaccuracies.
North of Slavery: The Negro in the Free States,
. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1961. Wealth of information concerning northern slavery. Well-documented.
Owens, William A.
Black Mutiny: The Revolt on the Schooner Amistad
. Boston: Pilgrim Press, 1968. Dramatic rendering of the Amistad affair based on factual information.
Report of the Arguments of Counsel in the Case of Prudence Crandall
Plaintiff in Error, vs. the State of Connecticut Before the
Supreme Court of Errors
. Boston: Garrison and Knapp, 1834. Contains background of the Crandall case and summaries of the witnesses’ testimonies.
Report of the Trial of Miss Prudence Crandall Before the County
Court for Windham County
. Brooklyn, Connecticut: Unionist Press, 1833. Gives a summary of the witness testimony, the complete opening statements of both sides and the background of the case.
Statement of Facts Respecting the School for Colored Females in
Canterbury, Connecticut Together With a Report of the Late
Trial of Miss Prudence Crandall.
Brooklyn, Connecticut: Advertiser Press, 1833. Contains full arguments of the prosection and defense.
Steiner, Bernard. “History of Slavery in Connecticut,”
. ed. Negro Universities Press, New York: Negro Universities Press, 1893. Standard work on Connecticut slavery.
Strother, Horatio T.
The Underground Railroad in Connecticut
. Middletown: Wesleyan University Press, 1962. Contains information about the underground railroad and important events in pre-Civil War Connecticut black history.
Warner, Robert Austin.
New Haven Negroes: A Social History
. New York: Arno Press and the New York Times, 1969. Good source of information concerning the lack of equality suffered by blacks in New Haven and Connecticut in general.
White, David 0.
Connecticut’s Black Soldiers 1775-1783
. Chester, Connecticut: Pequot Press, 1973. Part of the Connecticut Bicentennial Series. Very informative about Connecticut’s blacks during the Revolutionary period.
The First Emancipation: The Abolition of Slavery in
. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1967. Contains much information about the status and treatment of blacks in the North prior to the abolition of slavery.