History Courses For

Dr. Christopher C. Lovett

Haitian Revolution, Slave Revolts, and Passing

This reading list is designed for those interested in the Haitian Revolution, slave revolts, and racial identity commonly called "passing." For a more detailed reading list on African-American history and the Civil Rights struggle, check with those lists on this webpage.


Aptheker, Herbert. American Negro Slave Revolts. New York: International Publishers, 1943.

___. Nat Turner's Slave Rebellion. New York: Grove Press, 1963.

Bell, Madison Smartt. All Souls' Rising. New York: Pantheon, 1995.

___. Master of the Crossroads. New York: Pantheon, 2000.

___. The Stone That the Builder Refused. New York: Pantheon, 2004.

___. Toussaint Louverture: A Biography. New York: Pantheon, 2007.

Broyard, Bliss. One Drop: My Father's Hidden Life - A Story of Race and Family Secrets. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 2007.

Carnes, Mark C. Novel History. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2001. See Chapter "Bodies and Souls: The Haitian Revolution and Madison Smartt Bell," pages, 184-208.

Cross, Ariela J. What Blood Won't Tell: A History of Race and Trial in America. Cambridge: Harvard, 2008.

Davis, David Brion. Inhuman Bondage: The Rise and Fall of Slavery in the New World. New York: Oxford, 2006. 

Dubois, Laurent. Avengers of the New World: The Story of the Haitian Revolution. Cambridge: Belknap/Harvard, 2004.

Egerton, Douglas R. He Shall Go Out Free: The Lives of Denmark Vesey. Madison: Madison House, 1999.

___. Gabriel's Rebellion: The Virginia Slave Conspiracies of 1801-1802. Chapel Hill: North Carolina, 1993.

Haizlip, Shirlee Taylor. The Sweeter the Juice: A Family Memoir in Black and White. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1994.

James, C. L. R. The Black Jacobins: Toussaint L'Ouverture adn the San Domingo Revolution. New York: Vintage, 1963.

Kolchin, Peter. American Slavery 1619-1877. New York: Hill and Wang, 1993.

Larsen, Nella. Passing. New York: Dover, 2004.

Morgan, Edmund S. American Slavery, American Freedom. New York: W. W. Norton, 1975.

Mozingo, Joe. The Fiddler on Pantico Run: An African Warrior, His White Descendants, a Search for Family. New York: Free Press, 2012.

Rediker, Marcus. The Slave Ship: A Human History. New York: Penguin, 2007.

Reiss, Tom. Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo. New York: Crown, 2012.

Robertson, David. Denmark Vesey. New York: Vintage, 1999.

Sandweiss, Martha A. Passing Strange: A Gilded Age Tale of Love and Deception Across the Color Line. New York: Penguin, 2009.

Schama, Simon. Rough Crossings: Britain, the Slaves, and the American Revolution. New York: Ecco, 2006.

Sharfstein, Daniel J. The Invisible Line: Three American Families and the Secret Journey from Black to White. New York: Penguin, 2011.

Smallwood, Stephanie E. Saltwater Slavery: A Middle Passage from Africa to American Diaspora. Cambridge: Harvard, 2007.

Trouillot, Michel-Rolph. Silencing the Past: Power and Production of History. Boston: Beacon Press, 1995.

Waldstreicher, David. Slavery's Constitution from Revolution to Ratification. New York: Hill and Wang, 2009.

Wills, Garry. "Negro President": Jefferson and the Slave Power. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2003.