10 books that helped Colson Whitehead write ‘The Underground Railroad’

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It’s hard to list influential books of 2016 without mentioning The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. 

The book paints a portrait of slavery and American history by following Cora, a slave running away from a cruel plantation in Georgia. As she struggles to escape to freedom, Cora travels through the country, seeing how deeply slavery as shaped American life and how passionately citizens will fight to keep or destroy the institution.

Since it debuted in August 2016, the novel has received rave reviews and praise, including a Kirkus Prize nomination and a National Book Award nomination. Read more…

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