11th and 12 Grade Teachers



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Bibliography of Our Favorite Books
This is a list of some reading recommendations from the TRADITION Project participants who attended the “Teaching American History” Summer Institute held in Napa between June 20 and July 2, 2004.
11th and 12 Grade Teachers


  1. Akers, Charles, Abigail Adams: An American Woman




  1. Andrist, Ralph, The Long Death: The last Days of the Plains Indians




  1. Asinof, Eliot, Eight Men Out: The Black Sox and the 1919 World Series




  1. Ambrose, Stephen, Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson and the Opening of theAmerican West




  1. Clinton, Bill, My Life




  1. Dana, William Henry, Two Years Before the Mast




  1. Diamond, Jared, Guns, Germs, and Steel




  1. Dornhoff, G. William, Who Rules America




  1. Fast, Howard, Freedom Road




  1. Franken, Al, Lies, and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them.




  1. Garcia, Cristina, Dreaming in Cuban




  1. Graves, Robert, I, Claudius




  1. Grunwald, Lisa, and Stephen J. Adler, Letters of the Century, America, 1900-1999




  1. Hair, William Ivy, Carnival of Fury: Robert Charles and the New Orleans Race Rio of 1900.




  1. Heyslip, Le Ly, When Heaven and Earth Changed Places: A Vietnamese Woman's Journey from War to Peace




  1. Kidder, Tracy, Mountains Beyond Mountains: Healing the World: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer




  1. Klehr, Harvey and Haynes, John Earl, Venona: Decoding Soviet Espionage in America




  1. Lemann, Nicholas, The Promised Land: The Great Black Migration and How It Changed America




  1. Loewen, James, Lies Across America : What Our Historic Sites Get Wrong




  1. Loewen, James, Lies My Teacher Told Me. Everything Your American History Text Got Wrong




  1. Power, Samantha, A Problem From Hell: American and Age of Genocide




  1. Raboteau, Albert, Slave Religion: The Invisible Institution in the Antebellum South




  1. Roth, Philip, The Counterlife




  1. Schurmann, Reiner, On Being and Acting : From Principles to Anarchy




  1. Shenkman, Richard, and Reiger, Kurt, One-Night Stands with American History (Revised and Updated Edition): Odd, Amusing, and Little-Known Incidents




  1. Shi, David, ed., For the Record: A Documentary History of America: From Reconstruction through Contemporary Times




  1. Stack, Carol, Call to Home: African Americans Reclaim the Rural South




  1. Stevenson, William, A Man Called Intrepid




  1. Walker, Alice, The Color Purple




  1. Wiesenthal, Simon, The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness




  1. Zinn, Howard, The People’s History of the United States


8th Grade Teachers


  1. Avi, Nothing But the Truth




  1. Bennis, Warren, and Nanus, Burt, Leaders: Strategies for Taking Charge




  1. Bowen, Catherine Drinker, Miracle At Philadelphia : The Story of the Constitutional Convention May - September 1787




  1. Bradley, James, and Powers Ron, Flags of Our Fathers: Heroes of Iwojima




  1. Brooks, Geraldine, Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women




  1. D’Emilio, John, and Freedman, Estelle B., Intimate Matters: A History of Sexuality in America




  1. Denzel, Justin, The Boy of the Painted Cave




  1. Ellis, Joseph, Founding Brothers, The Revolutionary Generation




  1. Equiano, Olaudah, and Eversley, Shelley, The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano or, Gustavus Vassa, the African




  1. Fonseca, Isabel, Bury Me Standing




  1. Forbes, Esther, Johnny Tremain




  1. Galeano, Eduardo, Genesis (Memory of Fire Trilogy, Part 1)




  1. Gordon, Sheila, Waiting for the Rain: A Novel of South Africa




  1. Hahn, Steven, A Nation under Our Feet : Black Political Struggles in the Rural South from Slavery to the Great Migration




  1. Hess, Martha, Then the Americans Came: Voices from Vietnam




  1. Ho, Minfong, The Clay Marble




  1. Houston, Jeanne W., Farewell to Manzanar: A True Story of Japanese American Experience During and After the World War II Internment




  1. Kennedy, Caroline, and Ellen Alderman, In Our Defense




  1. King, Dean, Skeletons on the Zahara: A Story of Survival




  1. Levine, Lawrence, Black Culture and Black Consciousness: Afro-American Folk Thought from Slavery to Freedom




  1. Levine, Lawrence, The Unpredictable Past: Explorations in American Cultural History




  1. Levine, Lawrence, The Opening of the American Mind




  1. Lowery, Lois, Number the Stars




  1. Marcus, Robert, America Firsthand (Volumes 1 and 2).




  1. Massaquoi, Hans, Destined to Witness: Growing Up Black in Nazi Germany




  1. Massie, Robert K., Peter the Great




  1. McGraw, Elise, The Golden Goblet




  1. Min, Anchee, The Red Azalea




  1. Nevin, David, 1812




  1. O’Brien, Tim, If I Die in a Combat Zone: Box Me Up and Ship Me Home




  1. O’Brien, Tim, The Things They Carried




  1. Paulsen, Gary, Nightjohn




  1. Phillips, Donald, Lincoln on Leadership : Executive Strategies for Tough Times




  1. Rinaldi, Ann, Hang a Thousand Trees with Ribbons: The Story of Phillis Wheatley




  1. Ryan, Pam Munoz, Esperanza Rising




  1. Shaara, Jeffrey, Rise to Rebellion




  1. Steward, George, Ordeal by Hunger




  1. Thoreau, Henry David, Civil Disobedience




  1. Twain, Mark, Huckleberry Finn




  1. Villaseñor, Victor, Rain of Gold




  1. Wyman, David, The Abandonment of the Jews: American and the Holocaust 1941-1945




  1. Yep, Laurence, Dragonwings


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