I am currently reading Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi. The book is a fascinating look into Iranian society, describing this woman's experiences during the time of the Shah, the revolution, the Iran-Iraq war, until she finally left Iran and moved to the US. She was a professor of English literature in an Iranian university, and directly experienced the totalitarian assault on women's rights and intellectual freedom.
The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave (by Frederick Douglass) is another eye-opener. This was written in the 1850's, and it vividly describes the master-slave relationship, along with the relationships among the slaves and how the broader society participated in their enslavement.
Please tell me of any other books that describe the lives of the enslaved.