Books: Non-Fiction

Freedom in Congo Square

Book – Non-fiction. By Carole Boston Weatherford. Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie. 2016. Introduces children to the brutality of slavery and the role of culture in resistance.
Time Periods: 18th Century, 19th Century
Themes: African American, Slavery and Resistance
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Freedom’s Children: Young Civil Rights Activists Tell Their Own Stories

Book - Non-fiction. By Ellen Levine. 1993. 192 pages. Thirty African-Americans who were children during the 1950s and 1960s tell their true stories of what it was like for them to fight segregation in the South.
Time Periods: 20th Century, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Organizing, Racism & Racial Identity
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Freedom’s Teacher: The Life of Septima Clark

Book - Non-fiction. By Katherine Mellen Charron. 2009. Biography of Septima Clark who played a major role in the Civil Rights Movement through education.
Time Periods: 20th Century, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Education, Women's History
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Freedom’s Shore

Book – Non-fiction. By Russell Duncan. 1986. 192 pages. Freedom’s Shore tells the incredible story of Tunis Campbell, a Northern abolitionist minister who heads South after the Civil War to help freedpeople in Georgia.
Time Periods: Reconstruction Period: 1865 - 1876
Themes: African American, Reconstruction, Democracy & Citizenship, Racism & Racial Identity
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Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago’s South Side

Book - Non-fiction. By Eve Ewing. 240 pages. 2018. This book flips the script about how we talk about "failing schools," using historical research and current data to show that Chicago's public schools are storehouses of memory, an integral part of their neighborhoods, and at the heart of their communities.
Time Periods: 20th Century, 21st Century
Themes: African American, Education, Racism & Racial Identity
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Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC

Book - Non-fiction. Edited by Faith S. Holsaert, Martha Prescod Norman Noonan, Judy Richardson, Betty Garman Robinson, Jean Smith Young, and Dorothy M. Zellner. 2010. 616 pages. An unprecedented women's history of the Civil Rights Movement, from sit-ins to Black Power.
Time Periods: 20th Century, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: Civil Rights Movements, Organizing, Women's History
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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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Helen Keller: Rebellious Spirit

Book - Non-fiction. By Laurie Lawlor. 2001. A biography that sheds light on Helen Keller as rebel and activist.
Time Periods: 20th Century, World War I: 1910 - 1919, Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944
Themes: Women's History
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Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau: A Biography

Book – Non-fiction. By Milton Meltzer. 2007. A biography of Henry David Thoreau containing relevant pictures and quotes from his contemporaries for middle school readers.
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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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