Recently I had the occasion to visit with Professor John Stauffer, Ph.D., about the historical context of African Genealogy Research. Chair of the History of American Civilization and a professor of African American Studies at Harvard University, he recommended the following Black History books for understanding the African Slave Experience. If your family tree includes black ancestry, before you plunge into the research, I recommend you become familiar with the times and the issues of the African Slave experience. Choose several of these books to read and learn more about this incredible period of history. It is important to know the era in which your family lived to properly research your family history and interpret the records of their lives.

1. INHUMAN BONDAGE: THE RISE AND FALL OF SLAVERY IN THE NEW WORLD by David Brion Davis.
2. AFRICA AND AFRICANS IN THE MAKING OF THE ATLANTIC WORLD, 1400-1800 by John Kelly Thornton.
3. AFRICA AND AFRICANS IN THE MAKING OF THE ATLANTIC WORLD, 1400-1680 by John Kelly Thornton.
4. AMERICAN SLAVERY, 1619, 1877 by Peter Kolchin, Eric Foner.
5. MANY THOUSANDS GONE: THE FIRST TWO CENTURIES OF SLAVERY IN NORTH AMERICA by Ira Berlin.
6. THE SLAVE TRADE: THE STORY OF THE ATLANTIC SLAVE TRADE, 1440-1870 by Hugh Thomas.

Mary E. Petty, B.A. History, B.A. Genealogy