American Tapestry, Rachel L. Swarns
The story of the black, white, and multiracial ancestors of Michelle Obama
Families and Freedom, Ira Berlin and Leslie Rowland
Letters and testimony among families during the Civil War era.
The Fiddler on Pantico Run, Joe Mozingo
A "white" journalist goes on a journey to find the origins of his African name
Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, written by himself
The Free Negro in Virginia 1619-1865, John H Russell
Legal and social status of free Negros through first-hand documents of the time
Finding Your Roots, watch full episodes of this extraordinary Dr. Louis Gates, Jr. PBS series.
National Archives and Records Administration, research tools and guides for getting started in genealogy as well as digital access to the greatest library in the US. They also provide live classes on genealogy at their various branches, including New York City.
Slavery in New York, mind opening look at New York's participation in and encouragement of this institution. From the New York Historical Society exhibit a few years ago.
Indivisible, African-Native American online exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution, Museum of the American Indian.
Cindy's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet, the most definitive listing of all genealogy related sites available online. It includes links to databases, sites by location and race, webinars, everything you need to get going.