Civil War Era: 1850 - 1864

Black Reconstruction in America

Book – Non-fiction. By W. E. B. Du Bois. Introduction by David Levering Lewis. 2014. 623 pages. Originally published in 1935, Du Bois’ Black Reconstruction was the first book to challenge the prevailing racist historical narrative of the era and in sharp, incisive prose, tell the story of the Civil War and Reconstruction from the perspective of African Americans.
Time Periods: 18th Century, 19th Century, Civil War Era: 1850 - 1864, Reconstruction Period: 1865 - 1876, Industrial Revolution: 1877 - 1899
Themes: African American, Reconstruction, Democracy & Citizenship, Racism & Racial Identity
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The Era of Reconstruction, 1861-1900

Book – Non-fiction. By National Park Service. 2017. 165 pages. A theme study on the history of the Reconstruction era.
Time Periods: 19th Century, Civil War Era: 1850 - 1864, Reconstruction Period: 1865 - 1876, Industrial Revolution: 1877 - 1899, 20th Century
Themes: African American, Reconstruction, Democracy & Citizenship, Racism & Racial Identity
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Midnight Teacher: Lilly Ann Granderson and Her Secret School

Book – Non-fiction. By Janet Halfmann. Illustrated by London Ladd. 2018. 40 pages. Tells the story of Lilly Ann Granderson, an enslaved woman who taught hundreds of people in Kentucky and Mississippi to read.
Time Periods: Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849, Civil War Era: 1850 - 1864
Themes: African American, Education, Slavery and Resistance
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A People’s History of the United States: 1492 – Present

Books - Non-fiction. By Howard Zinn. 2005, with a new introduction by Anthony Arnove in 2015. 784 pages. Howard Zinn's groundbreaking work on U.S. history. This book details lives and facts rarely included in textbooks—an indispensable teacher and student resource.
Time Periods: Colonization: 1492 - 1764, Revolution & Constitution: 1765 - 1799, Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849, Civil War Era: 1850 - 1864, Reconstruction Period: 1865 - 1876, Industrial Revolution: 1877 - 1899, Turn of the Century: 1900 - 1909, World War I: 1910 - 1919, Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944, Cold War: 1945 - 1960, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, Post-Civil Rights Era: 1975 - 2000, 2001 - Present, All US History
Themes: African American, Reconstruction, Civil Rights Movements, Democracy & Citizenship, Economics, Education, Immigration, Imperialism, Labor, Laws & Citizen Rights, 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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Remembering Slavery

Book - Non-fiction and CD. Edited by Ira Berlin, Marc Favreau, and Steven F. Miller. Foreword by Robin D.G. Kelley 2007. Oral histories of first-person accounts of slavery.
Time Periods: 19th Century, Civil War Era: 1850 - 1864, Reconstruction Period: 1865 - 1876
Themes: African American, Reconstruction, Slavery and Resistance
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Bull Run

Book - Fiction. By Paul Fleischman. 1993. 128 pages. 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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Crossing Ebenezer Creek

Book - Historical fiction. By Tonya Bolden. 2017. 240 pages. A moving account of the Civil War massacre at Ebenezer Creek in Georgia.
Time Periods: Civil War Era: 1850 - 1864
Themes: African American, Racism & Racial Identity, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements
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Dayshaun’s Gift

Book - Fiction. By Zetta Elliott. 2015. 88 pages. Time travelling historical fiction for upper elementary school students on the New York City Draft Riots.
Time Periods: 19th Century, Civil War Era: 1850 - 1864
Themes: African American, Racism & Racial Identity
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Dzání Yázhí Naazbaa’: Little Woman Warrior Who Came Home

Book - Fiction. By Evangeline Parsons Yazzie. Illustrated by Irving Toddy. 2005. 32 pages. Historical fiction for upper elementary about the Navajo Long Walk (forced removal by U.S. soldiers) of 1863-1864.
Time Periods: 19th Century, Civil War Era: 1850 - 1864
Themes: Native American
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The Game of Silence

Book - Fiction. By Louise Erdrich. 2006. 288 pages. The second in a series of novels for middle school and high school students about an Ojibwe family in the mid-19th century. The story parallels the time of the widely-read Little House on the Prairie series.
Time Periods: 19th Century, Civil War Era: 1850 - 1864
Themes: Native American
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The Journey of Little Charlie

Books – Fiction. By Christopher Paul Curtis. 2018. 256 pages. A novel for young adults that that shows how slavery was state-sanctioned terrorism and the impact of the Fugitive Slave Law.
Time Periods: Civil War Era: 1850 - 1864
Themes: African American, Slavery and Resistance
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Nettie’s Trip South

Book - Fiction. By Ann Turner and Ronald Himler. 1995. Based on the diary of the author's great-grandmother, this is a poignant and compelling look at slavery through the eyes of a young girl.
Time Periods: 19th Century, Civil War Era: 1850 - 1864
Themes: Slavery and Resistance
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Pink and Say

Book - Fiction. By Patricia Polacco. 1994. The narrative of two young boys who meet and help each other during the Civil War. For upper elementary.
Time Periods: 19th Century, Civil War Era: 1850 - 1864
Themes: Racism & Racial Identity, Slavery and Resistance, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements
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The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba’s Struggle for Freedom

Book - Fiction. By Margarita Engle. 2010. 384 pages. Bilingual book of historical fiction in verse about Cuba's long fight for independence in the 19th century.
Time Periods: 19th Century, Civil War Era: 1850 - 1864
Themes: Racism & Racial Identity, Slavery and Resistance, US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements, Women's History, World History/Global Studies
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Unbound: A Novel in Verse

Book. Fiction. By Ann E. Burg. 2016. 352 pages. Story of a family fleeing slavery written in verse for grades 4-8.
Time Periods: 19th Century, Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849, Civil War Era: 1850 - 1864
Themes: African American, Slavery and Resistance
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Underground Man

Book – Fiction. By Milton Meltzer. 2006. An historically accurate novel on abolitionists and the Underground Railroad for middle school readers.
Time Periods: 19th Century, Civil War Era: 1850 - 1864
Themes: Organizing, Slavery and Resistance
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