Books: Non-Fiction

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    • 101 Changemakers: Rebels and Radicals Who Changed US History

    • Book – Non-fiction. By Michele Bollinger and Dao Tran. 2012. 215 pages.
      A collection of 101 brief and accessible profiles of rebels, radicals, and fighters for social justice.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Time Periods: All US History | Themes: African American, Asian American, Civil Rights Movements, Democracy & Citizenship, Disability, Environment & Food, Immigration, Imperialism, Labor, Language Arts, Latino, LGBT, Media, Native American, Organizing, Pacific Islander, Racism & Racial Identity, Social Class, US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements, Women's History | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, High School
    • 500 Años del Pueblo Chicano - 500 Years of Chicano History in Pictures

    • Book – Non-fiction. By Elizabeth Martinez. 1991 (2nd Edition). 238 pages.
      Chicano history as told through hundreds of pictures and bilingual text.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction, Spanish/Bilingual | Time Periods: All US History | Themes: Civil Rights Movements, Immigration, Latino, Native American | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, High School
    • 500 Years of Chicana Women's History

    • Books – Non-fiction. By Elizabeth Martinez. 2007. 320 pages, 899 illustrations.
      Stories and photos of Chicana/Mexican-American women in politics, labor, art, health, and more.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Time Periods: All US History | Themes: Civil Rights Movements, Immigration, Latino, Women's History | Reading Levels: High School
    • Addicted to War: Why the U.S. Can't Kick Militarism, An Illustrated Guide

    • Book – Non-fiction. By Joel Andreas. 2015. 80 pages.
      A comic book expose on militarism in graphic format, making it accessible for high school and above.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Time Periods: All US History | Themes: Imperialism, US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements | Reading Levels: High School
    • The Admirable Radical: Staughton Lynd and Cold War Dissent, 1945–1970

    • Book – Non-fiction. By Carl Mirra. Foreword by Howard Zinn. 2010. 240 pages.
      Story of Staughton Lynd, one of the most visible figures of the New Left, from 1945-1970.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Time Periods: Cold War: 1945 - 1960, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, 20th Century | Themes: Wars & Related Anti-War Movements | Reading Levels: Adult
    • After Gandhi: One Hundred Years of Nonviolent Resistance

    • Book – Non-fiction. By Anne Sibley O’Brien and Perry Edmund O’Brien. 2009. 192 pages.
      Stories about 15 activists who continue in the tradition of Gandhi, written and illustrated for upper elementary and middle school.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Time Periods: 20th Century | Themes: Organizing, World History/Global Studies | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8
    • Agitation with a Smile: Howard Zinn's Legacies and the Future of Activism

    • Book – Non-fiction. By Stephen Bird, Adam Silver, and Joshua Yesnowitz. 2014. 274 pages.
      Engage the various complexities and tensions present throughout Howard Zinn’s work and subject them to a 21st century assessment.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Themes: Democracy & Citizenship | Reading Levels: Adult
    • “All the Real Indians Died Off”: And 20 Other Myths About Native Americans (Book) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • "All the Real Indians Died Off": And 20 Other Myths about Native Americans

    • Book – Non-fiction. By Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and Dina Gilio-Whitaker. 2016. 224 pages.
      Deconstructs persistent myths about American Indians rooted in fear and prejudice—an astute and lively primer of European-Indian relations.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Time Periods: 18th Century, 19th Century, 20th Century, 21st Century, All US History | Themes: Native American | Reading Levels: Adult, High School
    • Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A.

    • Book – Non-fiction. By Luis J. Rodriguez. 2005. 288 pages.
      Memoir about a young Chicano gang member surviving the dangerous streets of East Los Angeles.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Time Periods: 20th Century | Themes: Latino, Racism & Racial Identity | Reading Levels: High School
    • Angel Island: Gateway to Gold Mountain

    • Book – Non-fiction. By Russell Freedman. 2014. 96 pages.
      An account of Angel Island, California, the entry point for one million Asian immigrants in the early 20th century.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Time Periods: World War I: 1910 - 1919, Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944, 20th Century | Themes: Asian American, Immigration | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, High School
    • Answering the Cry for Freedom (Book) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • Answering the Cry for Freedom: Stories of African Americans and the American Revolution

    • Book – Non-fiction. By Gretchen Woelfle. Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie. 2016. 238 pages.
      Profiles of African American, free and enslaved, during the American Revolution for upper elementary to middle school.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Time Periods: Revolution & Constitution: 1765 - 1799, 18th Century | Themes: African American, Slavery | Reading Levels: Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8
    • Artists in Times of War

    • Book – Non-fiction. By Howard Zinn. 2004. 112 pages.
      In this collection of four essays, Zinn writes about the unique role of artists, activists, and publishers in working toward change.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Themes: Art & Music, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements | Reading Levels: Adult
    • The Assassination of Fred Hampton: How the FBI and Chicago Police Murdered a Black Panther

    • Book – Non-fiction. By Jeffrey Haas. 2009. 424 pages.
      The life and murder of Fred Hampton as told by Jeffrey Hass, co-founder of the People’s Law Office and attorney for the plaintiffs in the federal suit Hampton v. Hanrahan.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, 20th Century | Themes: Civil Rights Movements, Laws & Citizen Rights | Reading Levels: Adult
    • Bad Indians: A Tribal Memoir

    • Book – Non-fiction and prose. Deborah A. Miranda. 2012. 240 pages.
      A compilation of documents, photos, and memoir that recounts the establishment of missions in California and the impact on Indigenous people—then and today.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Time Periods: 18th Century, 19th Century, 20th Century, 21st Century | Themes: Education, Imperialism, Native American, Racism & Racial Identity | Reading Levels: Adult
    • Ballots for Belva: The True Story of a Woman's Race for the Presidency

    • Book – Non-fiction. By Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen. Illustrated by Courtney E. Martin. 2008. 32 pages.
      Biography of Belva Lockwood who ran for president in 1884.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction, Picture Books | Time Periods: Industrial Revolution: 1877 - 1899, 19th Century | Themes: Democracy & Citizenship, Women's History | Reading Levels: Grades 3-5
    • Bayard Rustin: Behind the Scenes of the Civil Rights Movement

    • Book – Non-fiction. By James Haskins. 1997. 128 pages.
      Biography for middle school readers of Bayard Rustin.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, 20th Century | Themes: Civil Rights Movements, Organizing | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8
    • Before Columbus: The Americas of 1491

    • Book – Non-fiction. By Charles C. Mann. 2009. 128 pages.
      An illustrated book for young readers based on 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Time Periods: Colonization: 1492 - 1764 | Themes: Native American | Reading Levels: Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8
    • Before the Mayflower: A History of Black America

    • Book – Non-fiction. By Lerone Bennett Jr. 1988. 736 pages.
      A detailed history and analysis of African American history in the United States.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Time Periods: All US History | Themes: African American | Reading Levels: High School
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