The last two years, I chose Tulip Fever and Afghanistan. Since this challenge was introduced to me via the classics club, I thought I might take some classic books this time and I have chosen slavery.
Most of the non-fiction books are over a hundred years old (written between 1853 and 1913) and they are mostly written by the slaves themselves:
Crafts, Hannah "The Bondwoman’s Narrative" - 1855-69
Douglass, Frederick "Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave" - 1845
Du Bois, W.E.B. "The Souls of Black Folk" - 1903
Jacobs, Harriet Ann (Linda Brent) "Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl" - 1861
Morgan Dawson, Sarah "A Confederate Girl's Diary" - 1913
Northup, Solomon "Twelve Years a Slave" - 1853
The fictional books are a lot younger, though there is one that was written 170 years ago: Uncle Tom's Cabin.
Stowe, Harriet Beecher "Uncle Tom’s Cabin" - 1852
Chevalier, Tracy "The Last Runaway" - 2013
Kidd, Sue Monk "The Invention of Wings" - 2014
Mitchell, Margaret "Gone With the Wind" - 1936
Morrison, Toni "Beloved" - 1987
Walker, Alice "The Color Purple" - 1982
Whitehead, Colson "Underground Railroad" - 2016
I do hope this instigates some people to read about slavery. And I am looking forward to the other book pairings.
I do have a list of more books like this: Anti-Racism.