Teaching Materials

101 Changemakers: Rebels and Radicals Who Changed US History

Book – Non-fiction. By Michele Bollinger and Dao Tran. 2012. A collection of 101 brief and accessible profiles of rebels, radicals, and fighters for social justice.
Time Periods: All US History
Themes: African American, Asian American, Civil Rights Movements, Democracy & Citizenship, Disability, Immigration, Labor, Language Arts, Latino, LGBT, Media, Native American, Organizing, Pacific Islander, Racism & Racial Identity, Social Class, Women's History
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The 1934 West Coast Longshore Strike

Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow and Norm Diamond. Students “become” several of the social groups who participated in the 1934 Longshore Workers Strike—some of whom had to answer the question, “Which side are you on?”
Time Periods: 20th Century, Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944
Themes: Labor, Organizing, Social Class
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Aani and the Tree Huggers

Aani and the Tree Huggers

Books - Fiction. By Jeannine Atkins. Illustrated by Venantius J. Pinto. 2000. Based on an event that took place in India in the 1970s, children and women in the village hug the trees to save them from being logged.
Themes: Environment & Food, Organizing, Women's History
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After Gandhi

After Gandhi: One Hundred Years of Nonviolent Resistance

Book - Non-fiction. By Anne Sibley O'Brien and Perry Edmund O'Brien. 2009. Stories about 15 activists who continue in the tradition of Gandhi, written and illustrated for upper elementary and middle school.
Time Periods: 20th Century
Themes: Organizing, World History/Global Studies
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Alligator Bayou

Book - Fiction. By Donna Jo Napoli. 2010. Historical fiction for young adults based on the true story of the lynching of Italian Americans in late 19th century Louisiana.
Time Periods: 19th Century, Industrial Revolution: 1877 - 1899
Themes: Immigration, Racism & Racial Identity
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Behind the Mountains

Book - Fiction. By Edwidge Danticat. 2004. A riveting novel detailing the struggles of a young Haitian girl as she adjusts to life in New York.
Time Periods: 21st Century, 2001 - Present
Themes: Immigration
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Birth of a Rank-and-File Organizer

Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow and Norm Diamond. 7 pages. Writing activity for students to complete the narrative of women workers striking at a glove-making factory, exploring possible outcomes.
Themes: Labor, Organizing, Social Class, Women's History
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A Boy from Ireland

Book - Fiction. By Marie Raphael. 2007. Historical fiction about the life of the Irish in New York City at the beginning of the 20th century for ages 12+.
Time Periods: 20th Century, Turn of the Century: 1900 - 1909
Themes: Immigration, Labor, Racism & Racial Identity
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Bread and Roses, Too

Book - Fiction. By Katherine Paterson. 2006. Moving young adult historical-fiction novel based on a major strike in Lawrence, Mass., in 1912.
Time Periods: 20th Century, World War I: 1910 - 1919
Themes: Immigration, Labor, Organizing
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Bull Run

Book - Fiction. By Paul Fleischman. 1993. A historical novel for middle school and above about the Civil War Battle of Bull Run drama told in 16 voices.
Time Periods: 19th Century, Civil War Era: 1850 - 1864
Themes: Wars & Related Anti-War Movements
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