Abraham Lincoln & Frederick Douglass: the story behind an American friendship, by Russell Freedman

Summary:  Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass were both self-taught, both great readers and believers in the importance of literacy, both men born poor who by their own efforts reached positions of power and prominence–Lincoln as president of the United States and Douglass as the most famous and influential African American of his time. Though their meetings were few and brief, their exchange of ideas helped to end the Civil War, reunite the nation, and abolish slavery.

Clarion

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Someday Dancer, by Sarah Rubin

Summary: In South Carolina in 1959 Casey Quinn dreams of being a ballerina, and though she has never had the money for lessons, she follows her dream to New York City and the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance.

Scholastic

We’ve Got a Job: the 1963 Birmingham Children’s March, by Cynthia Levinson

Summary: Discusses the events of the 4,000 African American students who marched to jail to secure their freedom in May 1963.

Peachtree

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The Mighty Miss Malone, by Christopher Paul Curtis

Summary:  With love and determination befitting the “world’s greatest family,” twelve-year-old Deza Malone, her older brother Jimmie, and their parents endure tough times in Gary, Indiana, and later Flint, Michigan, during the Great Depression.

Wendy Lamb Books

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Flesh and Blood So Cheap: the Triangle Fire and its Legacy, by Albert Marrin

Summary:  Provides a detailed account of the disastrous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City, which claimed the lives of 146 garment workers in 1911, and examines the impact of this event on the nation’s working conditions and labor laws.

Alfred A Knopf

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Great Migration: Journey to the North, by Eloise Greenfield

Summary:  Describes the period of the 20th century when many African Americans left the South to make better lives for themselves in the northern states.

Amistad

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Small Acts of Amazing Courage, by Gloria Whelan

Summary: In 1919, independent-minded fifteen-year-old Rosalind lives in India with her English parents, and when they fear she has fallen in with some rebellious types who believe in Indian self-government, she is sent “home” to London, where she has never been before and where her older brother died, to stay with her two aunts.

Simon & Schuster

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