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Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore (Book) | Zinn Education Project

Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore

Book – Non-fiction. By Elizabeth Rush. 328 pages. 2019. A book about the impact of climate change on U.S. communities and societies that privileges the voices of those too often kept at the margins.
Time Periods: 20th Century, 21st Century
Themes: African American, Climate Justice, Environment, Native American, Pacific Islander, Racism & Racial Identity
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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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The Birchbark House

Book - Fiction. By Louise Erdrich. 1999. Historical fiction set in the mid-19th century in the Lake Superior area.
Time Periods: 19th Century, Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849
Themes: Native American
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Chickadee

Book - Fiction. By Louise Erdrich. 2012. 208 pages. The fourth book in the series following the Ojibwe girl Omakayas and her family as their lands are invaded by white settlers.
Time Periods: 19th Century, Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849
Themes: Native American
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In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse

Book - Fiction. By Joseph Marshall III. Illustrations by Jim Yellowhawk. 2015. 176 pages. A contemporary Native American boy learns about the history of Crazy Horse in a journey with his grandfather.
Time Periods: 19th Century, Reconstruction Period: 1865 - 1876, Industrial Revolution: 1877 - 1899, 21st Century
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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House of Purple Cedar

Book - Fiction. By Tim Tingle. 2014. 326 pages. A young girl's story of growing up in Indian Territory in pre-statehood Oklahoma.
Time Periods: 19th Century, Industrial Revolution: 1877 - 1899
Themes: Native American
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Hurricane Dancers

Book - Fiction. By Margarita Engle. 2011. 160 pages. Historical fiction in the form of poetry about the conquest and resistance.
Time Periods: Colonization: 1492 - 1764
Themes: Latinx, Native American, Racism & Racial Identity, Slavery and Resistance
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The Porcupine Year

Book – Fiction. By Louise Erdrich. 2010. 224 pages. The third in a series of novels for middle 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.
Time Periods: 19th Century
Themes: Native American
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Crossing Bok Chitto: A Choctaw Tale of Friendship and Freedom

Picture Book. By Tim Tingle. 2008. 40 pages. A picture book that highlights rarely discussed intersections between Native Americans in the South and African Americans in bondage.
Time Periods: Civil War Era: 1850 - 1864
Themes: African American, Native American, Slavery and Resistance
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Dzání Yázhí Naazbaa’: Little Woman Warrior Who Came Home

Picture book. 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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Alcatraz Is Not an Island

Film. By James M. Fortier. 2001. 60 min. Documentary on a small group of Native American students and “Urban Indians” who occupied Alcatraz Island in November 1969, and how it forever changed the way Native Americans viewed themselves, their culture and their sovereign rights.
Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: Civil Rights Movements, Native American
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Columbus in America

Film. By Paul Puglisi. 2017. 89 min. Documentary on the symbol of Columbus in the United States and the campaign for Indigenous Peoples' Day.
Time Periods: Colonization: 1492 - 1764
Themes: Native American, Organizing
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First Light

Film. By Upstander Project. 2015. 13 min. Story of forced removal of Native American children in Maine sent to boarding schools.
Time Periods: 19th Century, 20th Century, 21st Century
Themes: Imperialism, Native American
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Incident at Oglala

Film. By Michael Apted. Narrated by Robert Redford. 1992. 90 minutes. Documentary about the conviction of Native American activist Leonard Peltier.
Time Periods: 20th Century
Themes: Native American
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Rabbit-Proof Fence

Film. Directed by Phillip Noyce. 2002. 79 minutes. In 1931, three aboriginal girls escape after being plucked from their homes to be trained as domestic staff and set off on a journey across the Outback.
Time Periods: Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944
Themes: Native American, World History/Global Studies
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Thunderheart

Film. By Michael Apted. 1992. 118 minutes. Captures some of the conflicts on the Pine Ridge Reservation in the 1970s relating to corporate/government collusion to exploit Native lands for profit.
Time Periods: 20th Century
Themes: Native American
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