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    • Brazil's Dance with the Devil: The World Cup, the Olympics, and the Fight for Democracy

    • Book – Non-fiction. By Dave Zirin. 2016. 276 pages.
      Examines the cultural, economic, and political context and impact of the World Cup and the Olympics on Brazil.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Time Periods: 19th Century, 2001 - Present, 20th Century, 21st Century | Themes: Slavery, Sports, World History/Global Studies | Reading Levels: Adult, High School
    • Caribbean Connections: The Dominican Republic

    • Book – Non-fiction and Fiction. Edited by Gallin, Glasser, Santana. 2005. 250 pages.
      Reader-friendly overview of the history, politics and culture of the fourth largest Latino community in the United States.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Time Periods: 20th Century | Themes: Art & Music, Immigration, Latino, Sports, US Foreign Policy, Women's History, World History/Global Studies | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, High School
    • 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.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, 20th Century | Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Democracy & Citizenship, Racism & Racial Identity, Sports | Reading Levels: Adult, Grades 6-8, High School
    • Muhammad Ali Handbook (Book) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • Muhammad Ali Handbook

    • Book – Non-fiction. By Dave Zirin. 2007. 431 pages.
      A journey through Muhammad Ali’s sports, religious, and political journey including his involvement in anti-Vietnam war protest and the Civil Rights Movement.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Themes: African American, Sports, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements | Reading Levels: Adult, High School
    • A People’s History of Sports in the United States

    • Book – Non-fiction. By Dave Zirin. 2009. 302 pages.
      U.S. history through the lens of sports.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Time Periods: All US History | Themes: Sports | Reading Levels: High School
    • A Strong Right Arm: The Story of Mamie "Peanut" Johnson

    • Book – Non-fiction. By Michelle Y. Green. Illustrated by Kadir Nelson. 2004. 128 pages.
      A biography on one of only three women to play baseball in the Negro Leagues.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Time Periods: Cold War: 1945 - 1960, 20th Century | Themes: African American, Sports, Women's History | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8
    • We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball

    • Book – Non-fiction. By Kadir Nelson. 2008. 96 pages.
      The story of Negro League baseball, in text and stunning imagery.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction, Picture Books | Themes: African American, Sports | Reading Levels: Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8
    • Hope For Haiti

    • Book – Fiction. By Jesse Joshua Watson. 2010. 32 pages.
      A boy lives through the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and finds hope amid the hardships of the aftermath.

    • Resource Types: Books: Fiction | Time Periods: 2001 - Present, 21st Century | Themes: Sports | Reading Levels: Grades 3-5, Grades Pre-K-2
    • Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow

    • Book – Fiction. By James Sturm and Rich Tommaso with an introduction by Gerald Early. 2007. 96 pages.
      Told from the point of view of a sharecropper, this narrative in graphic novel format follows baseball champion Satchel Paige as he travels throughout the segregated South.

    • Resource Types: Books: Fiction | Themes: Laws & Citizen Rights, Sports | Reading Levels: High School
    • Chávez Ravine: A Los Angeles Story

    • Film. By Jordan Mechner. 2004. 26 minutes.
      A documentary about the politics and economics of land in the United States, based on the story of a Mexican American village razed in the 1950s to build Dodger Stadium.

    • Resource Types: Films | Time Periods: Cold War: 1945 - 1960, 20th Century | Themes: Economics, Latino, Social Class, Sports | Reading Levels: High School
    • Not Just a Game: Power, Politics & American Sports

    • Film. By Dave Zirin and Jeremy Earp. 2010. 62 minutes.
      A documentary based on the bestselling book A People’s History of Sports in the United States, Zirin demonstrates that American sports have long been at the center of some of the major political debates and struggles of our time. For 6th grade to adult.

    • Resource Types: Films | Time Periods: 20th Century | Themes: African American, Media, Racism & Racial Identity, Sports, Women's History | Reading Levels: Adult, Grades 6-8, High School
    • When We Were Kings

    • Film. Directed by Leon Gast. 1996. 89 minutes.
      Documentary about the famous heavyweight championship match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman.

    • Resource Types: Films | Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, 20th Century | Themes: Sports, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements | Reading Levels: Adult, High School
    • Zirin, Dave

    • Profile.
      People’s history of sports author and commentator.

    • Resource Types: Profiles | Time Periods: 20th Century, 21st Century | Themes: Sports |
    • Chávez Ravine: A Record by Ry Cooder

    • Songs. By Ry Cooder. 2005. 70 min.
      The story of the Chicano community bulldozed to pave the way for the Dodger Stadium in Santa Monica, told through bilingual songs.

    • Resource Types: Songs and Poems, Spanish/Bilingual | Time Periods: Cold War: 1945 - 1960, 20th Century | Themes: Art & Music, Latino, Organizing, Social Class, Sports | Reading Levels: High School
    • Elegy for Peter Norman

    • Poem. By Josh Healey. From Hammertime. 2008.
      Poem in text and audio about Peter Norman, the white athlete in the iconic photo of the ’68 Olympics.

    • Resource Types: Songs and Poems | Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, 20th Century | Themes: Organizing, Sports | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, High School
    • Americans Who Tell the Truth

    • Website.
      Portraits by Robert Shetterly and biographies of individuals who have taken a stand for justice.

    • Resource Types: Websites | Time Periods: All US History | Themes: African American, Art & Music, Asian American, Civil Rights Movements, Democracy & Citizenship, Disability, Environment & Food, Immigration, Imperialism, Labor, Latino, LGBT, Native American, Organizing, Racism & Racial Identity, Slavery, Social Class, Sports, Women's History |
    • Edge of Sports: Dave Zirin

    • Website.
      News about the intersection of sports and politics.

    • Resource Types: Websites | Themes: Sports |