Books: Non-Fiction

Bloody Lowndes

Bloody Lowndes: Civil Rights and Black Power in Alabama’s Black Belt

Book - Non-fiction. By Hasan Kwame Jeffries. 2010. History of the role that activists in Lowndes County played in spurring Black activists nationwide to fight for civil and human rights in new and more radical ways.
Time Periods: 20th Century, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Laws & Citizen Rights, Organizing, Racism & Racial Identity, Social Class
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The Bomb

Book - Non-fiction. By Howard Zinn. 2010. Zinn's personal reflections and political analysis on the WWII bombing of Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Royan, and more.
Time Periods: 20th Century, Cold War: 1945 - 1960
Themes: Wars & Related Anti-War Movements
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Brother, I’m Dying

Book - Non-fiction. By Edwidge Danticat. 2008. A gripping autobiographical book, about one Haitian woman's experience as a young immigrant and her family's struggle to survive in the United States while fearing for those they left behind.
Time Periods: 21st Century, 2001 - Present
Themes: Immigration
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Caribbean Connections: The Dominican Republic

Book - Non-fiction and Fiction. Edited by Gallin, Glasser, Santana. 2005. 250 pages. Reader-friendly overview of the history, politics, and culture of the fourth largest Latino community in the United States.
Time Periods: 20th Century
Themes: Art & Music, Immigration, Latinx, Sports, US Foreign Policy, Women's History, World History/Global Studies
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Cause: Reconstruction America, 1863-1877

Book – Non-fiction. By Tonya Bolden. 2014. 138 pages. One of the few non-fiction texts on Reconstruction aimed at young readers, Cause is a strong alternative to the textbook treatment of the era.
Time Periods: Reconstruction Period: 1865 - 1876
Themes: African American, Reconstruction, Racism & Racial Identity
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Chew on This

Book - Non-fiction. By Eric Schlosser. 2006. Geared to the young consumer, takes a bite out of fast-food industry.
Time Periods: 20th Century, 2001 - Present
Themes: Food
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Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice

Book - Non-fiction. By Phillip Hoose. 2010. 160 pages. The story of Claudette Colvin, a teenager who refused to give up her seat in the year leading up to the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
Time Periods: 20th Century, Cold War: 1945 - 1960
Themes: Civil Rights Movements, Women's History
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Coal Mountain Elementary

Book - Non-fiction. By Mark Nowak. 2009. An expose of the coal industry using a combination of poetry, images, first person testimonies, and newspaper accounts.
Themes: Climate Justice, Environment, Labor
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