Armstrong, William H.
New York: Harper & Row Publishers, 1969.
A strong determination to survive keeps this family from being destroyed in the face of poverty. An intriguing story whose central characters are a young boy and the family dog.
The Slave Dancer
. New York: Dell Publishing Co. Inc., 1973.
This view of slavery is from the perspective of a young white boy who is shanghaied on a slave ship and forced to make music for its human cargo.
A Raisin In The Sun.
New York: New American Library, 1958.
A vivid dramatic presentation of a black family in Chicago planning to move into a white neighborhood.
To Kill A Mocking Bird.
Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Co., 1960. This book is about life in the South soon after Civil War. A major incident in the plot is the unsuccessful attempt of a Black man to obtain justice on a false rape charge.
This Strange New Feeling
. New York: Scholastic Inc., 1981.
This book contains three great stories about African Americans who faced danger and survived, and how it feels to taste the first moments of freedom.
To Be A Slave
. New York: E.P. Dutton, Inc., 1968.
In the words of men and women who lived through the institution of slavery, this book, as the name implies, tells how it was to be a slave.
The Learning Tree
. New York: Ballantine Books, 1963.
A novel that shows the inner life of an African American family as its members struggle to understand and accept their world without malice.
Tate, Eleanora E.
The Secret of Gumbo Grove.
New York: Bantam Books, 1988.
In this novel an 11yearold girl, Raisin Stackhouse, traces her black community’s history through stories about people buried in the local South Carolina graveyard. It touches on some important aspects of black identity.
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry.
New York: Bantam Books Inc., 1976.
An African American family is determined to maintain its integrity, dignity and independence in Mississippi during the Depression.