Recommended Bibliography:

NOTE: this list includes several well-known people from outside Brookline who were in town in significant, if temporary, ways. Among them were Ellen Craft, Henry "Box" Brown, John Brown and one of his sons.

Highly recommended books are marked with an asterisk (*).

Children's and Young Adult (including stories of people who made daring escapes from slavery through the Town of Brookline, as well as people like Henry "Box" Brown, who came to Brookline to urge people to oppose slavery):

* 5000 Miles to Freedom
Dennis Fradin for National Geographic (on Ellen & William Craft)

* Henry's Freedom Box
Ellen Levine (Henry "Box" Brown spoke in Brookline about his escape)

* The Daring Escape of Ellen Craft
Cathy Moore

* Two Tickets to Freedom
(on Ellen & William Craft) Florence Freedom and Ezra Jack Keats

* The Brookline Trunk
Louise Andrew Kent (includes some information on slavery).

* Bound for the North Star: True Stories
[incl. Ellen Craft & Henry "Box" Brown], D. Fradin

* Singing for All People: Roland Hayes - a Biography
Robert Hayden, 1995 [a biography of the great African-American tenor who made Brookline his home in the early 20th c.]

Escape from Slavery: Five Journeys to Freedom
(includes Ellen Craft & Henry "Box" Brown)

Black Foremothers
(incl. chap on Ellen Craft), Dorothy Sterling

Profiles in Black & White: . . . Who Fought against Slavery
E. Chittenden (includes Ellen & William Craft)

Children and Young Adult Books on Slavery in Massachusetts (not Brookline)

* A Free Woman on God's Earth: The True Story of Elizabeth"Mumbet" Freeman, the Slave Who Won Her Freedom
Jana Laiz and Ann-Elizabeth Barnes.

* Mother of Freedom: Mum Bett and the Roots of Abolition
Ben Rose.

* The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing: Traitor to the Nation (v. 1: The Pox Party)
M.T. Anderson

* The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing: Traitor to the Nation (v. 2: The Kingdom on the Waves)

* Prince Estabrook, Slave and Soldier
Alice Hinkle [biography of enslaved Lexington resident who fought at Lexington & won his freedom, NCSS selection

* Anthony Burns: the defeat & triumph of a fugitive slave
V. Hamilton

Mumbet: The Life & Times of Elizabeth Freeman,
Mary Wilds

Mumbet: The Story of Elizabeth Freeman,
Harold Felton

Adult-level Historical Sources on Brookline which include slavery:

History of the Town of Brookline, Massachusetts
John Gould Curtis

Historical Sketches of Brookline Massachusetts
Harriet F Woods

"Brookline in the Anti-Slavery Movement,"
Harold Parker Williams in Brookline Historical Publication Society, Publication No.10, 1899.

Angel Mo' and Her Son Roland Hayes
MacKinley Helm,
Boston: Little Brown, 1942. [a biography of Roland Hayes, the great African-American tenor of the early 20th c. who broke the color bar and made Brookline his home.]

Adult-level Histories of Slavery in Massachusetts or Massachusetts and New England:

* Black Walden
Elise Lemire

* Black Yankees
William Piersen

* Slavery in the Age of Reason
Alexandra Chan [about the Royall family of Medford, the largest slave owners in MA; the house which is a public property - and the slave quarters - the only existing slave quarters north of the Mason-Dixon line open for visitors.]

* The Negro in Colonial New England
Lorenzo Greene

* Mr. And Mrs. Prince
Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina

* Disowning Slavery: gradual emancipation and "race" in New England, 1780-1860
Joanne Pope Melish

* Ten Hills Farm, The Forgotten History of Slavery in the North,
C. S. Manegold

* Complicity: How the North Promoted, Prolonged and Profited from Slavery
A. Farrow et al

* Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom; or, the Escape of William and Ellen Craft from Slavery
William Craft

* Prince Estabrook, Slave and Soldier
Alice Hinkle

* Great Slave Narratives
ed. by Arna Bontemps (incl. excerpt from William Craft's memoir)

* One Minute a Free Woman: Elizabeth Freeman & the Struggle for Freedom
E. Piper & D. Levinson.

Black Bostonians: Family Life and Community Struggle in the Antebellum North
J. O. Horton and L. E. Horton

Some Useful Primary Sources:

Brookline Mass: Vital Records to 1850 whose source is chiefly First Parish, Brookline records

Zabdiel Boylston,
An Historical Account of the Small-pox Inoculated in New England: upon All Sorts of Persons, Whites, Blacks and of All Ages and Constitutions; with Some Account of the Nature of the Infection in the Natural and Inoculated Way, and Their Different Effects on Human Bodies.
Printed for S. Chandler, at the Cross-Keys in the Poultry, London, 1726 (at Mass. Historical Society)

H. Cummings, Walnut Street Cemetery Records, 1922. (

Muddy River & Brookline Records, 1634-1838 (the record of town meetings)

MA Tax Valuation List of 1771. A List or Return on Oath of the Names of the Householders in the Town of Brookline, in the County of Suffolk, in the Colony of Massachusetts Bay; and of the Number of the souls in Each Family, Feb 16, 1776 (includes a column for number of "Negroes & Molattoes in each family"),
Brookline Historical Publication Society and Brookline Historical Society Proceedings