Social Class

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 Devil Is Here in These Hills

Book - Non-fiction. By James Green. 2015. History of one of the most protracted and deadly labor struggles in U.S. history that was waged in West Virginia.
Time Periods: 20th Century, Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944
Themes: Labor, Organizing, Social Class
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A Different Mirror for Young People

A Different Mirror for Young People: A History of Multicultural America

Book - Non-fiction. By Ronald Takaki, adapted by Rebecca Stefoff. 2012. An adaptation for young readers of the classic multicultural history of the United States, A Different Mirror.
Time Periods: All US History
Themes: African American, Asian American, Immigration, Native American, Racism & Racial Identity, Social Class
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A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America

Book - Non-fiction. By Ronald Takaki. 2008. 560 pages. A multicultural history of America, in the voices of Native Americans, African Americans, Jews, Irish Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos, and others.
Time Periods: All US History
Themes: African American, Asian American, Immigration, Labor, Latinx, Native American, Pacific Islander, Social Class
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Howard Zinn on History

Howard Zinn on History

Book - Non-fiction. By Howard Zinn. Introduction by Staughton Lynd. 2011. A collection of 27 writings on activism, electoral politics, the Holocaust, Marxism, the Iraq War, and the role of the historian.
Time Periods: All US History
Themes: Civil Rights Movements, Democracy & Citizenship, Education, Racism & Racial Identity, Social Class
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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 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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A Power Governments Cannot Suppress

Books - Non-fiction. By Howard Zinn. 2006. A collection of essays on American history, class, immigration, justice, and ordinary citizens who have made a difference.
Time Periods: All US History
Themes: Civil Rights Movements, Immigration, Social Class
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Race to Incarcerate: A Graphic Retelling

Book - Non-fiction. By Marc Mauer and Sabrina Jones. 2012. Based on the popular book Race to Incarcerate, this graphic adaptation is a key resource to introduce a study of U.S. prison system to middle school readers and above.
Themes: African American, Criminal Justice & Incarceration, Democracy & Citizenship, Economics, Social Class
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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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Some Truths Are Not Self-Evident: Essays in The Nation on Civil Rights, Vietnam, and “The War on Terror”

Book - Non-fiction. By Howard Zinn, edited by Richard Kreitner. 2014. A collection of articles spanning 50 years, by and about Howard Zinn, originally published in The Nation magazine.
Time Periods: 20th Century, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, Post-Civil Rights Era: 1975 - 2000, 21st Century, 2001 - Present
Themes: Civil Rights Movements, Social Class, US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements
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The Untold History of the United States: Young Readers Editions, Vols 1 (1898-1945) & 2 (1945-1962)

Book -- Non-fiction. By Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick. Adapted by Susan Campbell Bartoletti and Eric S. Singer. Vol 1. 400 pages. 2014. Vol 2. 320 pages. 2019. These are two volumes of illustrated histories, adapted for students from a documentary book and film of the same name.
Time Periods: 19th Century, Industrial Revolution: 1877 - 1899, 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, All US History
Themes: Civil Rights Movements, Imperialism, Labor, Laws & Citizen Rights, Racism & Racial Identity, Social Class, US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements, World History/Global Studies
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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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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 Friendship

Book - Fiction. By Mildred Taylor. 1998. Cassie witnesses a Black man address a white storekeeper by his first name.
Time Periods: 20th Century, Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944
Themes: African American, Social Class
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A Moment in the Sun

Book - Fiction. By John Sayles. 2011. 955 pages. Spanning five years and half a dozen countries, Sayles' novel of historical fiction paints a picture of the late 1890s — from the racist coup in Wilmington, North Carolina, to the bloody dawn of U.S. interventionism in Cuba and the Philippines.
Time Periods: 20th Century, Turn of the Century: 1900 - 1909
Themes: Imperialism, Racism & Racial Identity, Social Class
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Scraps of Time: Abby Takes a Stand, 1960

Book - Fiction. By Patricia McKissack. 2006. Historical fiction about the lunch counter sit-ins for ages 9+.
Time Periods: 20th Century, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Organizing, Racism & Racial Identity, Social Class
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