Laws & Citizen Rights

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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We as Freemen: Plessy v. Ferguson

Book - Non-fiction. By Keith Medley. 2012. This book documents the untold history of the organizing leading up the Plessy v. Ferguson case.
Time Periods: 20th Century, Turn of the Century: 1900 - 1909
Themes: African American, Laws & Citizen Rights, 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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Catch a Tiger by the Toe

Book - Fiction. By Ellen Levine. 2005. 176 pages. A historical novel for middle school on McCarthyism.
Time Periods: 20th Century, Cold War: 1945 - 1960
Themes: Democracy & Citizenship, Labor, Laws & Citizen Rights, Media
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Crow (Book) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History

Crow

Book - Fiction. By Barbara Wright. 2012. 320 pages. Historical fiction about a Reconstruction-era African American community violently robbed of its freedom and democracy in turn of the century North Carolina.
Time Periods: 19th Century, Reconstruction Period: 1865 - 1876
Themes: African American, Reconstruction, Democracy & Citizenship, Laws & Citizen Rights, Media
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Little Brother

Little Brother

Book - Fiction. By Cory Doctorow. 2008. A contemporary novel for teenagers that explores Homeland Security and freedom of speech in the post-9/11 United States.
Time Periods: 21st Century, 2001 - Present
Themes: Laws & Citizen Rights
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Satchel Paige

Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow

Book - Fiction. By James Sturm and Rich Tommaso with an introduction by Gerald Early. 2007. Told from the point of view of a sharecropper, this narrative in graphic novel format follows baseball champion Satchel Paige as he travels throughout the segregated South.
Themes: Laws & Citizen Rights, Sports
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Sylvia & Aki

Book - Historical fiction. By Winifred Conkling. 2011. 160 pages. Based on the true story of two girls who meet in 1940s California and a landmark lawsuit on education.
Time Periods: 20th Century
Themes: Asian American, Civil Rights Movements, Education, Latinx, Laws & Citizen Rights, Organizing, Racism & Racial Identity
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Bullied: A Student, a School and a Case That Made History

Film. Southern Poverty Law Center. 2010. 40 minutes. This documentary shows the devastating impact of bullying on students, in this case a gay student who works with lawyers to win a precedent setting case to create a safe place for students in school.
Themes: Laws & Citizen Rights, LGBTQ
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Conscience and the Constitution

Film. By Frank Abe. 2000. 57 minutes. In World War II, 63 Japanese Americans refused to be drafted from a U.S. concentration camp.
Time Periods: 20th Century, Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: Asian American, Laws & Citizen Rights, Organizing, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements
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Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock

Film. Directed by Sharon LaCruise. 2011. 54 min. Documentary on the life of Daisy Bates, best know for her role with the Little Rock Nine.
Time Periods: 20th Century
Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Education, Laws & Citizen Rights, Organizing, Racism & Racial Identity, Women's History
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The FBI’s War on Black America

Film. By Deb Ellis and Denis Mueller. 1990. 47 min. Documentary of people targeted by the FBI's Counter Intelligence Program (COINTELPRO) in the 1960s and 70s.
Time Periods: 20th Century, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, Post-Civil Rights Era: 1975 - 2000
Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Laws & Citizen Rights
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Freedom Summer

Freedom Summer

Film. Written, produced, and directed by Stanley Nelson. 2014. 120 minutes. Documentary about 1964 Freedom Summer in Mississippi.
Time Periods: 20th Century, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Democracy & Citizenship, Laws & Citizen Rights, Organizing, Racism & Racial Identity
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Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America

Film. Directed by Eduardo López & Peter Getzels. 2012. 90 min. Documentary that examines the direct connection between the long history of U.S. intervention in Latin America and the immigration crisis we face today.
Time Periods: All US History
Themes: Immigration, Latinx, Laws & Citizen Rights, World History/Global Studies
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Precious Knowledge

Film. Directed by Ari Luis Palos and produced by Eren Isabel McGinnis. 2011. 70 minutes. High school seniors become community leaders in Tucson's embattled Ethnic Studies classes while state lawmakers attempt to eliminate the program.
Time Periods: 21st Century, 2001 - Present
Themes: Education, Latinx, Laws & Citizen Rights, Organizing, Racism & Racial Identity
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Reconstruction: The Second Civil War

Film. By Elizabeth Deane and Dion Graham. 2004. 174 min. Through the voices of several historians and dramatic re-enactments by actors, PBS’s Reconstruction: The Second Civil War uses the stories of ordinary citizens to paint a picture of the Reconstruction era.
Time Periods: 19th Century, Reconstruction Period: 1865 - 1876
Themes: African American, Reconstruction, Civil Rights Movements, Democracy & Citizenship, Laws & Citizen Rights, Racism & Racial Identity
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