Books: Non-Fiction

Making of Black Revolutionaries

Book - Non-fiction. By James Forman. 1997. Detailed description of the Civil Rights Movement by one of the central leaders.
Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements
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Malcolm X

Book - Non-fiction. By Gail Fay. 2012. A comprehensive introduction to the life of Malcolm X (Malik El-Shabazz) appropriate for third grade (age 9) and above.
Time Periods: 20th Century, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Racism & Racial Identity
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Many Minds, One Heart

Many Minds, One Heart: SNCC’s Dream for a New America

Book - Non-fiction. By Wesley C. Hogan. 2009. An innovative study of what the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) accomplished and, more importantly, how it fostered significant social change in such a short time.
Time Periods: 20th Century, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: Civil Rights Movements, Organizing
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Many Thousand Gone: African-Americans from Slavery to Freedom

Book - Non-fiction. By Virginia Hamilton. 2002. An illustrated account of slavery for children based on historical records, personal narratives, and biographies for ages 8 - 12. Includes profiles of Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, and Frederick Douglass.
Time Periods: 18th Century, 19th Century
Themes: Organizing, Slavery and Resistance
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Midnight Teacher: Lilly Ann Granderson and Her Secret School

Book – Non-fiction. By Janet Halfmann. Illustrated by London Ladd. 2018. 40 pages. Tells the story of Lilly Ann Granderson, an enslaved woman who taught hundreds of people in Kentucky and Mississippi to read.
Time Periods: Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849, Civil War Era: 1850 - 1864
Themes: African American, Education, Slavery and Resistance
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Murals: Walls That Sing

Book - Non-fiction. By George Ancona. 2003. Beautiful photo-essay of murals from all over the United States, primarily in Latino communities.
Themes: Art & Music, Latinx
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My Fathers Bonus March

My Father’s Bonus March

Book – Non-fiction. By Adam Langer. 2009. A memoir centered around the Bonus March of 1932, the demonstration of 20,000 World War I veterans demanding compensation.
Time Periods: 20th Century, World War I: 1910 - 1919
Themes: Labor
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Nelson Mandela: The Authorized Comic Book

Book - Non-fiction. By Umlando Wezithombe. 2009. A graphic novel about the life and times of Nelson Mandela produced for school children in South Africa and now available for readers in the U.S.
Themes: World History/Global Studies
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Never Caught: The Story of Ona Judge

Book – Non-fiction. By Erica Armstrong Dunbar and Kathleen Van Cleve. 272 pages. 2019. This is the true story of Ona Judge who escaped from enslavement by George and Martha Washington.
Time Periods: 18th Century, Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849
Themes: African American, Racism & Racial Identity, Slavery and Resistance
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Never to Forget: The Jews of the Holocaust

Book – Nonfiction. By Milton Meltzer. 1991. A document-based historical account of Jewish experiences in Nazi Germany during World War II, for ages 12 and up.
Time Periods: 20th Century, Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944
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The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

Book - Non-fiction. By Michelle Alexander. Introduction by Cornel West. 2010, updated in 2012. A critical analysis of the role the justice system plays in the oppression of African Americans in the United States.
Time Periods: 21st Century, 2001 - Present
Themes: African American, Criminal Justice & Incarceration, Laws & Citizen Rights, Racism & Racial Identity
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