Books: Non-Fiction

Hope and History

Hope and History: Why We Must Share the Story of the Movement

Book - Non-fiction. By Vincent Harding. 2010 (2nd edition). A call to educators, clergy, and community activists to remember and keep alive the story of the Black-led freedom movement.
Time Periods: 20th Century, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: Civil Rights Movements, Education
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Howard Zinn Speaks: Collected Speeches 1963 to 2009 (Book) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History

Howard Zinn Speaks: Collected Speeches 1963 to 2009

Book - Non-fiction. By Howard Zinn, edited by Anthony Arnove. 2012. Speeches spanning several decades that convey Zinn's analysis of history and politics with wit and wisdom.
Time Periods: All US History
Themes: US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements
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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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Howard Zinn on Race

Howard Zinn on Race

Book - Non-fiction. 2011. By Howard Zinn. Introduction by Cornel West. Includes some never before published writings, speeches and interviews that illustrate the evolution and fundamental principles around the story of race in the United States.
Themes: African American, Democracy & Citizenship, Racism & Racial Identity
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Howard Zinn on War

Howard Zinn on War

Book - Non-fiction. By Howard Zinn. Introduction by Marilyn B. Young. 2011. Essays spanning 1962 to 2006 that examine specific wars, wartime incidents, and the force of non-violence to move beyond war, if we are to survive.
Time Periods: 21st Century, 2001 - Present
Themes: Wars & Related Anti-War Movements
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Howard Zinn's Southern Diary | Zinn Education Project

Howard Zinn’s Southern Diary

Book – Non-fiction. By Robert Cohen. 2018. 312 pages. A historical overview and diary entries from Howard Zinn's years as an activist professor at Spelman College.
Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Organizing
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A Hubert Harrison Reader

Book - Non-fiction. Edited by Jeffrey B. Perry. 2001. 505 pages. Essays by the "father of Harlem radicalism."
Time Periods: 20th Century, Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944
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I Must Resist: Bayard Rustin’s Life in Letters

Book - Non-fiction. Edited by Michael G. Long. By Bayard Rustin. Foreword by Julian Bond. 2012. The story of the behind-the-scenes strategist, organizer, and advocate of non-violence, Bayard Rustin.
Time Periods: 20th Century, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, LGBTQ, Organizing, Racism & Racial Identity
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I See the Rhythm

Book - Non-fiction. By Toyomi Igus and Michele Wood. 2005. A lyrical voyage through 500 years of African American music, from its roots in Africa to contemporary hip-hop for ages 6+.
Themes: Art & Music
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I and I: Bob Marley

Book - Non-fiction. By Tony Medina. Illustrations by Jesse Joshua Watson. 2009. The life of Bob Marley told through poems and illustrations.
Themes: Art & Music
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An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States for Young People

Book - Non-fiction. By Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz; adapted by Debbie Reese and Jean Mendoza. 244 pages. 2019. The original academic text is fully adapted by renowned curriculum experts Debbie Reese and Jean Mendoza, for middle-grade and young adult readers.
Time Periods: Pre-18th Century, Colonization: 1492 - 1764, 18th Century, 19th Century, 20th Century, 21st Century, All US History
Themes: Environment, Native American, Pacific Islander
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The John Carlos Story: The Sports Moment That Changed the World

Book - Non-fiction. By John Carlos and Dave Zirin. Foreword by Cornel West. 2011. 220 pages. Written for grades 7+, this biography of John Carlos recounts his childhood, his legendary act of courage at the '68 Olympics, and the backlash.
Time Periods: 20th Century, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Democracy & Citizenship, Racism & Racial Identity, Sports
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