Books: Non-Fiction

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Which Side Are You On?: The Story of A Song

Book - Non-fiction. By George Ella Lyon. Artwork by Christopher Cardinale. 2011. This children's book tells the story of a classic union song written in 1931 and the harsh conditions under which it was written.
Time Periods: 20th Century
Themes: Art & Music, Labor, Organizing, Social Class
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White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide

Book – Non-fiction. By Carole Anderson. 2016. An era-by-era account of how the policies and practices of white supremacy have morphed over time while maintaining the singular goal of undermining Black advancement.
Time Periods: 19th Century, 20th Century, 21st Century
Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Racism & Racial Identity
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Why Unions Matter

Book - Non-fiction. By Michael D. Yates. 2009. An introduction to the history and role of unions in the United States.
Time Periods: 20th Century
Themes: Labor
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Willa Cather: A Biography

Book – Non-fiction. By Milton Meltzer. 2008. An account of Willa Cather's accomplishments and personality written for upper elementary/middle school readers.
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The Wrong Side of Murder Creek: A White Southerner in the Freedom Movement

Book - Non-fiction. By Bob Zellner with Constance Curry. Foreword by Julian Bond. 2008. Zellner tells how one white Alabamian joined ranks with the Black students who were sitting-in, marching, fighting, and sometimes dying to challenge the Southern "way of life."
Time Periods: 20th Century, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: Civil Rights Movements, Organizing
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A Year Without Sundays (Un Año Sin Domingos)

Book - Non-fiction. By Catherine Murphy. 2014. and DVD. Photos and stories about the highly successful Cuban literacy campaign of 1961.
Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: Education, World History/Global Studies
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Yes! We Are Latinos!

Book - Non-fiction. By Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy. Pictures by David Diaz. 2013. Book that features the rich diversity of the Latino and Latina experience in the United States.
Themes: Latinx
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A Young People’s History of the United States

Book - Non-fiction. By Howard Zinn with Rebecca Stefoff. 2009. 464 pages. A young adult version of the best-selling A People’s History of the United States.
Time Periods: 18th Century, 19th Century, 20th Century, All US History
Themes: African American, Asian American, Civil Rights Movements, Democracy & Citizenship, Immigration, Imperialism, Labor, Laws & Citizen Rights, LGBTQ, Native American, Organizing, Racism & Racial Identity, Slavery and Resistance, Social Class, US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements, Women's History
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Zapata’s Disciple: Essays

Book - Non-fiction. By Martín Espada. Reprinted in 2016. Essays and poems attacking social injustice and marginalization.
Time Periods: 21st Century, 2001 - Present
Themes: Latinx
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At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance — A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power

Book - Non-fiction. By Danielle L. McGuire. 2010. 352 pages. History of the violence against African-American women during the 20th century and the role played by Rosa Parks in the organized legal response to that abuse.
Time Periods: 20th Century, Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944, Cold War: 1945 - 1960, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: Civil Rights Movements, Racism & Racial Identity, Women's History
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