Laws & Citizen Rights

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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Debating the Civil Rights Movement, 1945-1968

Book - Non-fiction. By Stephen Lawson and Charles Payne. 2006. Introduces and examines the complex story of the modern Civil Rights Movement as it should be taught, providing key background information and analysis for teachers.
Time Periods: 20th Century, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Democracy & Citizenship, Laws & Citizen Rights, Racism & Racial Identity
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Fred Korematsu Speaks Up (Book) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History

Fred Korematsu Speaks Up

Book - Non-fiction. By Laura Atkins and Stan Yogi. Illustrated by Yutaka Houlette. 2017. 112 pages. Story of Fred Koretmatsu, jailed for resisting internment by the U.S. government during WWII. He took his case to the U.S. Supreme Court twice.
Time Periods: 20th Century, Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944
Themes: Asian American, Democracy & Citizenship, Imperialism, Laws & Citizen Rights, Racism & Racial Identity, US Foreign Policy
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Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America (Book)

Book - Non-fiction. By Juan Gonzalez. 2011. An updated and thorough account of the role the United States in the mass migration of Latinos to the U.S.
Time Periods: All US History
Themes: Immigration, Latinx, Laws & Citizen Rights, World History/Global Studies
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The Historic Unfulfilled Promise

Book - Non-fiction. By Howard Zinn. 2012. Compilation of articles Zinn penned for The Progressive magazine from 1980 to 2009.
Time Periods: 20th Century, Post-Civil Rights Era: 1975 - 2000, 21st Century, 2001 - Present
Themes: Democracy & Citizenship, Laws & Citizen Rights, US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements
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The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

Book - Non-fiction. By Michelle Alexander. Introduction by Cornel West. 2010, updated in 2012. A critical analysis of the role the justice system plays in the oppression of African Americans in the United States.
Time Periods: 21st Century, 2001 - Present
Themes: African American, Criminal Justice & Incarceration, Laws & Citizen Rights, Racism & Racial Identity
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Papers: Stories by Undocumented Youth

Book – Non-fiction. Edited by José Manuel, Cesar Pineda, Anne Galisky, and Rebecca Shine. Illustrated by Julio Salgado. 2012. Undocumented youth from around the world tell their stories with simplicity and intimacy in this student-friendly collection.
Time Periods: 21st Century, 2001 - Present
Themes: Democracy & Citizenship, Immigration, Latinx, Laws & Citizen Rights
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A People’s History of Poverty in America

Book - Non-fiction. By Stephen Pimpare. 2008. 322 pages. A vivid description of poverty from the perspective of poor and welfare-reliant Americans, from the big city to the rural countryside.
Time Periods: All US History
Themes: Laws & Citizen Rights, Social Class
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A Peoples History of the United States Book | Zinn Education Project

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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The Real Cost of Prisons Comix

Book - Non-fiction. By Ellen Miller-Mack, Craig Gilmore, Lois Ahrens, Susan Willmarth, and Kevin Pyle. 2008. This comic book presents the human stories behind the statistics.
Time Periods: 21st Century, 2001 - Present
Themes: Criminal Justice & Incarceration, Economics, Laws & Citizen Rights
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Red Summer: The Summer of 1919 and the Awakening of Black America by Cameron McWhirter

Red Summer: The Summer of 1919 and the Awakening of Black America

Book — Non-fiction. By Cameron McWhirter. 2012. 368 pages. A chronicle of white supremacist violence in major U.S. cities across the nation after World War I.
Time Periods: 20th Century, World War I: 1910 - 1919, Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944
Themes: African American, Laws & Citizen Rights, Racism & Racial Identity
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Remembering Jim Crow: African Americans Tell About Life in the Segregated South

Book - Non-fiction (with CD). Edited by William H. Chafe, Raymond Gavins and Robert Korstad. 2008. Extensive oral history of African American life under segregation.
Time Periods: 20th Century, 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
Themes: African American, Laws & Citizen Rights, Racism & Racial Identity, Social Class
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A Short History of Reconstruction, Updated Edition (Book) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History

A Short History of Reconstruction, Updated Edition

Book - Non-fiction. By Eric Foner. 2015. 352 pages. A people's history view of the Reconstruction era.
Time Periods: 19th Century, Reconstruction Period: 1865 - 1876, Industrial Revolution: 1877 - 1899
Themes: Reconstruction, Democracy & Citizenship, Laws & Citizen Rights, Racism & Racial Identity, Slavery and Resistance
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