Books: Non-Fiction

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America (Book) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America

Book - Non-fiction. By Richard Rothstein. 2017. A history of the laws and policy decisions passed by local, state, and federal governments that promoted racial segregation.
Time Periods: 20th Century, Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944, Cold War: 1945 - 1960, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, Post-Civil Rights Era: 1975 - 2000, 2001 - Present
Themes: African American, Economics, Racism & Racial Identity
Read More

Columbus: His Enterprise

Book - Non-fiction. By Hans Koning. Afterword by Bill Bigelow. 1976. A biography that gives a true account of Columbus’ life and voyages.
Time Periods: Colonization: 1492 - 1764
Themes: Imperialism
Read More

Before Columbus: The Americas of 1491

Book - Non-fiction. By Charles C. Mann. 2009. An illustrated book for young readers based on 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus.
Time Periods: Colonization: 1492 - 1764
Themes: Food, Native American
Read More
Book cover of Clint Smith's book of poetry, Counting Descent

Counting Descent

Book — Non-fiction. By Clint Smith. 84 pages. 2016. A teacher and scholar celebrates Black humanity, and guides readers toward self-reflection through his coming-of-age poems that are political, historical, and deeply personal.
Time Periods: 20th Century, 21st Century
Themes: African American, Art & Music, Language Arts
Read More
Dark Sky Rising (Book) | Zinn Education Project

Dark Sky Rising: Reconstruction and the Dawn of Jim Crow

Book - Non-fiction. By Henry Louis Gates Jr. with Tonya Bolden. 2019. Readers trace the rise and fall of racial equity during Reconstruction as increasingly violent white supremacy and new forms of oppression take hold at the turn of the 20th century.
Time Periods: 19th Century, Reconstruction Period: 1865 - 1876, Industrial Revolution: 1877 - 1899, Turn of the Century: 1900 - 1909
Themes: African American, Reconstruction, Civil Rights Movements, Democracy & Citizenship, Organizing
Read More

This Day in Civil Rights History

Book - Non-fiction. By Horace Randall Williams and Ben Beard. 2009. A full page description of a key event in the history of the Civil Rights Movement for each day of the year.
Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, All US History
Themes: Civil Rights Movements
Read More

Daybreak of Freedom: The Montgomery Bus Boycott

Book – Non-fiction. Edited by Stewart Burns 1997. 392 pages. A documentary history of the Montgomery bus boycott that reverberates with the voices of those closest to the boycott.
Time Periods: Cold War: 1945 - 1960
Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Racism & Racial Identity
Read More

Death in a Promised Land: The Tulsa Race Riot of 1921

Book - Non-fiction. By Scott Ellsworth. 1992. A compelling story of racial ideologies, Southwestern politics, and yellow journalism, and of an embattled Black community's struggle to hold onto its land and freedom.
Time Periods: 20th Century, Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944
Themes: African American, Racism & Racial Identity
Read More

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
Read More

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
Read More
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
Read More
A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America (Book) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History

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
Read More