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.