an illustration of a group of black women standing on a roof looking across the town at a burning building

Wake: The Hidden History of Women-Led Slave Revolts

by Rebecca Hall Author and Hugo Martinez Author

Awarded the title of Best Book of 2021 by NPR and the Washington Post, this powerful book exploring the forgotten stories of women-led slave revolts corrects the historical record and introduces new heroines into the canon of American history. From the Middle Passage, to plantations throughout the Americas, women warriors fought back against slavers and won. But history has swept their stories under the rug. Wake follows the efforts of author Rebecca Hall to unearth these stories, drawing on court documents, slave ship captain's logs, dusty old correspondences, and even forensic evidence from the bones of enslaved women. As Hall uncovers the histories that we've forgotten, she also uncovers the ways that the legacy of slavery has shaped her own life. Part graphic novel and part memoir, this book will change the way you think about American history and the way that that history weighs on the present.