Most history books strip that aspect from the re-telling and that is like removing someone's personality or giving history a frontal labotomy.
Read Up From Slavery by Booker T. Washington and Truth Stranger Than Fiction by Josiah Henson. Good first hand accounts of slavery and reconstruction.
These true stories will enrage, surprise, and encourage you.
The law cannot make a wicked person virtuous…God’s grace alone can accomplish such a thing.
Ron Paul - The Revolution
Setting a good example is a far better way to spread ideals than through force of arms. Ron Paul