United States History 11 Reading Selections 070.4 BAU Bausum, Ann. Muckrakers: How Ida Tarbell, Upton Sinclair, and Lincoln Steffens Helped Expose Scandal, Inspire Reform, and Invent Investigative Journalism. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic, 2007.
Contains over fifty archival photographs profiling the men and women who played an instrumental role in exposing the political corruption and corporate greed that existed during the early part of the twentieth century. 133.4 USC Uschan, Michael V. The Salem Witch Trials. Milwaukee: World Almanac Library, 2004.
Easy-to-read text, historic art and photography, maps, and activities help introduce young readers to the events surrounding the Salem Witch Trials. 289.3 BUS Bushman, Claudia L. Contemporary Mormonism: Latter-day Saints in Modern America. Westport: Praeger, 2006.
Traces the history of Mormonism and explores how it has changed in the last century, describing what it means to be Mormon in the twenty-first century and how their beliefs and traditions have changed. 301.451 BAL Baldwin, James. Notes of a Native Son. New York: Dial Press, 1963.
Contains essays on life in Harlem, the protest novel, movies, and Americans abroad. 301.451 KIN King, Martin Luther. Why We Can't Wait. New York: New American Library, 1964.
Explains the events, the forces, and the pressures behind the quest for civil rights. 303.48 BRE Brevard, Katherine McLean. The Story of Oil: How it Changed the World. Minneapolis: Compass Point Books, 2010.
Traces the history and development of the oil industry and examines how it has changed the world. 305.4 GOU Gourley, Catherine. Flappers and the New American Woman: Perceptions of Women from 1918 through the 1920s. Minneapolis: Twenty-First Century Books, 2008.
Presents an illustrated history of the images and issues of women from 1918 through the 1920s, with specific emphasis on Flappers and the New American Woman. 305.4 GOU Gourley, Catherine. Gibson Girls and Suffragists: Perceptions of Women from 1900 to 1918. Minneapolis: Twenty-First Century Books, 2008.
Presents an illustrated history of the images and issues of women from 1900 to 1918, with specific emphasis on Gibson Girls and suffragists. 305.4 GOU Gourley, Catherine. Gidgets and Women Warriors: Perceptions of Women in the 1950s and 1960s. Minneapolis: Twenty-First Century Books, 2008.
Presents an illustrated history of the images and issues of women in the 1950s and 1960s, with specific emphasis on Gidgets and women warriors. 305.4 GOU Gourley, Catherine. Rosie and Mrs. America: Perceptions of Women in the 1930s and 1940s. Minneapolis: Twenty-First Century Books, 2008.
Presents an illustrated history of the images and issues of women in the 1930s and 1940s, with specific emphasis on Rosie the Riveter and Mrs. America. 305.42 GIE Giele, Janet Zollinger. Two Paths to Women's Equality: Temperance, Suffrage, and the Origins of Modern Feminism. New York: Twayne Publishers, 1995.
Presents a study of the temperance movement, focusing on the Woman's Christian Temperance Union, and the suffrage movement, identifying the campaigns as separate, but equally important expressions of early feminism, and crucial to later demands by women for equal rights and protection under the law. 305.42 GOU Gourley, Catherine. Ms. and the Material Girls: Perceptions of Women from the 1970s through the 1990s. Minneapolis: Twenty-First Century Books, 2008.
Presents an illustrated history of the images and issues of women from the 1970s through the 1990s, with specific emphasis on Ms. and the material girls.
305.42 MOU Mountjoy, Shane. The Women's Rights Movement: Moving Toward Equality. New York: Chelsea House, 2008.
Chronicles the history of the Women's Rights Movement in America that describes the events and people responsible for changing the face of the nation including Elizabeth Cady Stanton, the Temperance and Suffrage movements, and the Equal Rights Amendment. 305.8 BAL Baldwin, James. Nobody Knows My Name. New York: Vintage Books, 1989.
A collection of illuminating essays on topics ranging from race relations in the United States -including a passionate attack on William Faulkner for his ambivalent views about the segregated South - to the role of the writer in society, with personal accounts of such writers as Richard Wright and Norman Mailer. 305.896 FRE Fremon, David K. The Jim Crow Laws and Racism in American History. Berkeley Heights: Enslow Publishers, 2000.
Traces the struggles of African Americans from the end of slavery through the period of Jim Crow segregation in the South, to the civil rights movement and legal equality. 305.896 LIF George, Charles. Life Under the Jim Crow Laws. San Diego: Lucent Books, 1999.
This book discusses the background and effects of the Jim Crow laws that were enacted after the Civil War to keep the races segregated. 305.896 WOR Wormser, Richard. The Rise & Fall of Jim Crow: the African-American Struggle Against Discrimination, 1865-1954. New York: Franklin Watts, 1999.
Discusses the laws and practices that supported discrimination against African Americans from Reconstruction to the Supreme Court decision that found segregation to be illegal.
305.897 MAT Matthiessen, Peter. In the Spirit of Crazy Horse. New York: Penguin Books, 1992.
An investigative account of the fatal shoot-out between FBI agents and American Indians in 1975.
305.896 REM Remembering Jim Crow: African Americans Tell about Life in the Segregated South. New York: New Press, 2001.
Presents personal accounts from African-Americans of what it was like to live in the segregated South. 306.3 REM Remembering Slavery: African Americans Talk about Their Personal Experiences of Slavery and Freedom. New York: New Press, 1998.
Presents transcriptions of interviews conducted in the 1930s and 1940s with former slaves in which they discuss the details of their everyday lives as slaves and after emancipation. 306.3 WAL Waldstreicher, David. The Struggle Against Slavery: a History in Documents. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001.
A collection of primary sources, from the colonial era to the Civil War, that document the struggle of free blacks, slaves, and other Americans to end slavery. 306.76 ALS Alsenas, Linas. Gay America: Struggle for Equality. New York: Amulet Books, 2008.
An examination of gay and lesbian life in the United States since the colonial period that discusses the Kinsey study, the McCarthy witch hunts of the 1950s, the Beat generation, gay marriage, and other related topics. 306.76 HEA Hear Me Out: True Stories of Teens Educating and Confronting Homophobia: a Project of Planned Parenthood of Toronto. Toronto, ON: Second Story Press, 2005.
Contains a collection of true, personal stories from volunteers of Toronto's Teens Educating and Confronting Homophobia (T.E.A.C.H.) program, and includes first-hand accounts of issues related to sexual identity, coming out, and dealing with harassment. 306.76 HUE Huegel, Kelly. GLBTQ (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning): the Survival Guide for Queer & Questioning Teens. Minneapolis: Free Spirit Pub, 2003.
Describes the challenges faced by gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered teens, offers practical advice, real-life experiences, and accessible resources and support groups. 306.76 MAR Marcus, Eric. What If Someone I Know is Gay?: Answers to Questions about what it Means to be Gay and Lesbian. New York: Simon Pulse, 2007.
Answers questions about homosexuality, covering such themes as friends and family, God and religion, dating, sex, marriage and children, school issues, and discrimination. 306.76 TER Terry, Jennifer. An American Obsession: Science, Medicine, and Homosexuality in Modern Society. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1999.
Studies how society's obsession with homosexuality is tied to changing American anxieties about social and sexual order in the modern age. 306.84 AND Andryszewski, Tricia. Same-Sex Marriage: Moral Wrong or Civil Right? Minneapolis: Twenty-First Century Books, 2008.
Analyzes both sides of the debate over same-sex marriages, examining the moral, religious, and legal implications of allowing homosexual couples to be legally married and the arguments of those for and against it. 320.5 FRI Friedman, Thomas L. Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution-- and How It Can Renew America. New York: Picador, 2009.
Argues that the United States needs to adopt an environmentally friendly national strategy to be healthier, wealthier, and more secure, innovative, and productive. 322.4 BAR Bartoletti, Susan Campbell. They Called Themselves the K.K.K: the Birth of an American Terrorist Group. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2010.
Documents the history and origin of the Ku Klux Klan from its beginning in Pulaski, Tennessee, and provides personal accounts, congressional documents, diaries, and more. 322.4 KLO Klobuchar, Lisa. 1963 Birmingham Church Bombing: the Ku Klux Klan's History of Terror. Minneapolis: Compass Point Books, 2009.
Describes the September 1963 bombing of Birmingham's Sixteenth Street Baptist Church by the Ku Klux Klan that left four young girls dead and several injured, the rise of the Klan after the Civil War, and the civil rights movement. 323 BAU Bausum, Ann. Freedom riders: John Lewis and Jim Zwerg on the Front Lines of the Civil Rights Movement. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic, 2006.
Recounts the freedom ride of John Lewis and Jim Zwerg into the South in 1961 as part of the Civil Rights Movement. 323 FRE Freedman, Russell. Freedom Walkers: the Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. New York: Holiday House, 2006.
Presents the story of the Montgomery bus boycott and the key persons and events that contributed to the year-long struggle for equal rights on Montgomery's city buses. 323 ROM Romero, Anthony D. In Defense of Our America: the Fight for Civil Liberties in the Age of Terror. New York: W. Morrow, 2007.
Examines civil liberties in the United States in the years following the September 11th terrorist attacks, focusing on how the government's War on Terror is threatening the basic rights and freedoms of Americans. 323.092 KIN King, Coretta Scott. My Life with Martin Luther King, Jr. New York: Puffin Books, 1993.
An intimate look at Martin Luther King, Jr. and the civil rights movement through the eyes of his widow. 323.097 MCN McNeese, Tim. The Civil Rights Movement: Striving for Justice. New York: Chelsea House, 2008.
Introduces students to the people, events, and legislation that shaped the civil rights movement, describing the methods used to help minorities in the United States gain equal rights, the court decisions that impacted the movement, and key activists, such as Martin Luther King, Jr.
323.1 CIV Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1968: We Shall Overcome, Some Day. Carlisle: Discovery Enterprises, 1998.
This anthology presents key aspects of the Civil Rights Movement in the 50s and 60s: school desegregation; White resistance; the Montgomery bus boycott; sit-ins; Albany, Birmingham and the March on Washington; JFK and LBJ's views on Civil Rights; Black nationalism and separatism; Black power; the "Poor People's Campaign" and more. 323.1 POW Powledge, Fred. Free at Last?: the Civil Rights Movement and the People Who Made It. Boston: Little, Brown, 1991.
Uses the words and accounts of participants in the American civil rights movement to study the evolution of the movement, the personalities involved, and the role of the government, the FBI, and segregationists. 323.1 WEB Webb, Sheyann. Selma, Lord, Selma: Girlhood Memories of the Civil-Rights Days. University of Alabama Press, 1980.
Text and accompanying photographs present the story of two African-American girls who tell their memories of the civil rights marches in Selma, Alabama, in which they participated when they were eight and nine years old. 323.1 WEX Wexler, Sanford. The Civil Rights Movement: an Eyewitness History. New York: Facts on File, 1993.
Uses speeches, articles, and other writings of those involved to trace the history of the civil rights movement in the United States, primarily from 1954 to 1965. 323.11 AND Anderson, Dale. Freedom Rides: Campaign for Equality. Minneapolis: Compass Point Books, 2008.
Chronicles the 1961 freedom rides involving African-American and white activists who traveled on buses from Washington D.C. to the South in order to test the U.S. Supreme Court decision against segregation in bus stations. 323.11 ARE Aretha, David. Sit-ins and Freedom Rides. Greensboro: Morgan Reynolds, 2009.
Chronicles the history of sit-ins and freedom rides throughout the South during the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, including the sit-in by four students from North Carolina A and T University at an all-white lunch counter that sparked sit-in movements all over the South. 323.11 EDW Edwards, Judith. The History of the American Indians and the Reservation. Berkeley Heights: Enslow Publishers, 2008.
Examines the history of Native American struggles since the European conquest of North America including forced relocations, reservation life, and Indian rights. 323.119 BOW Bowers, Rick. Spies of Mississippi: the True Story of the Spy Network that Tried to Destroy the Civil Rights Movement. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic, 2010.
Chronicles how the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission attempted to halt racial integration in the 1950s and 1960s through an extensive propaganda effort to label civil rights leaders and their followers as communists. 323.119 DOA Doak, Robin S. The March on Washington: Uniting Against Racism. Minneapolis: Compass Point Books, 2008.
Chronicles the August 1963 March on Washington to demand equal rights for African-Americans.
323.119 FRE Freedman, Russell. Freedom Walkers: the Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. New York: Holiday House, 2006.
Presents the story of the Montgomery bus boycott and the key persons and events that contributed to the year-long struggle for equal rights on Montgomery's city buses. 323.119 LIV Living Through the Civil Rights Movement. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2007.
Provides eleven articles that explore the Civil Rights Movement, discussing prominent government officials who spoke out, key statements and speeches made by leaders, and the actions of ordinary people. 323.119 MAY Mayer, Robert H. When the Children Marched: the Birmingham Civil Rights Movement. Berkeley Heights: Enslow Publishers, 2008.
Chronicles the civil rights movement in Birmingham, Alabama, the leaders of the movement, and how the children helped in the fight to end segregation in the South. 324.273 MCN McNeese, Tim. The Progressive Movement: Advocating Social Change. New York: Chelsea House, 2008.
Introduces students to the Progressive Movement, discussing the people, legislation, and events that shaped the movement, as well as its impact on American history in the twentieth century. 324.6 BAU Bausum, Ann. With Courage and Cloth: Winning the Fight for a Woman's Right to Vote. Washington, DC: National Geographic, 2004.
Chronicles the long history of the fight for women's voting rights, beginning in 1848, with a focus on the years between 1913 and 1920 when the Nineteenth Amendment was passed, and includes profiles of notable women in the struggle. 324.6 MON Monroe, Judy. The Nineteenth Amendment: Women's Right to Vote. Springfield: Enslow, 1998.
Traces the history of the women's rights movement in the United States which culminated in 1920 with the passage of the constitutional amendment giving women the right to vote. 324.7 KUN Kunin, Madeleine. Pearls, Politics, & Power: How Women Can Win and Lead. White River Junction: Chelsea Green Pub., 2008.
Draws on interviews with elected women leaders from all levels of politics to encourage American women to take a more active role in government and make a difference in their communities. 324.973 THO Thomas, Evan. A Long Time Coming: the Inspiring, Combative 2008 Campaign and the Historic Election of Barack Obama. New York: PublicAffairs, 2009.
Relates inside stories from the 2008 U.S. Presidential election, providing insight into the personalities, events, and key issues that led to the outcome, and includes an interview with President Barack Obama. 326 KAT Katz, William Loren. Breaking the Chains: African-American Slave Resistance. New York: Aladdin Paperbacks, 1998.
Describes slavery in the United States, the harsh conditions under which slaves lived, the active and passive resistance with which they fought for their rights, the revolts, and the involvement of slaves in the Civil War. 330.973 MEL Meltzer, Milton. Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?: the Great Depression, 1929-1933. New York: Facts on File, 1991.
A history of the causes and consequences of the Depression. 331.13 BER Bergmann, Barbara R. In Defense of Affirmative Action. New York: BasicBooks, 1996.
Discusses the methods, if any, that should be used to increase diversity of race and sex in all kinds of jobs and in college populations, analyzing the ramificatons of the failure to achieve diversity and promoting affirmative action as the best route to fairly attain a balanced mix. 331.4 AME America's Working Women: a Documentary History, 1600 to the Present. New York: Norton, 1995.
Selections from diaries, historical works, letters, and fiction describing and analyzing the conditions of women's work, how they have changed over time, and the sources of these changes. 331.88 MCN McNeese, Tim. The Labor Movement: Unionizing America. New York: Chelsea House, 2008.
Introduces students to the Labor Movement, discussing the people, legislation, and events that shaped the movement, as well as its impact on American history in the twentieth century. 331.88 MEL Meltzer, Milton. Bread--and Roses: the Struggle of American Labor, 1865-1915. New York: Facts on File, 1991.
Uses original source material to portray the momentous changes that took place in American labor, industry, and trade-unionism following the Civil War. Focuses on the work environment in this early age of mass production and mechanization, and shows how abusive conditions often led to labor unrest. 331.89 DAV Davis, Barbara J. The National Grape Boycott: a Victory for Farmworkers. Minneapolis: Compass Point Books, 2008.
Profiles the March 1966 National Grape Boycott led by Mexican-American activist, Cesar Chavez, in order to protest the conditions that farmworkers had to endure including inadequate housing and wages. 331.892 STE Stein, R. Conrad. The Pullman Strike and the Labor Movement in American History. Berkeley Heights: Enslow, 2001.
Describes the labor unrest of the late nineteenth century and chronicles the origins and effects of the Pullman strike; also includes a time line, a bibliography, and a list of related Internet sites. 333.72 SON Sonneborn, Liz. The Environmental Movement: Protecting Our Natural Resources. New York: Chelsea House, 2008.
Introduces students to the environmental movement, discussing the people, legislation, and events that shaped the movement, as well as its impact on American history in the twentieth century. 338.2 SAN Sandalow, David. Freedom From Oil: How the Next President Can End the United States' Oil Addiction. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2008.
Presents an interesting scenerio of what might happen if the next President of the United States made the nation's dependence on oil a top priority, and brings stories of people whose lives have been changed by oil dependence. 338.5 GAL Galbraith, John Kenneth. The Great Crash, 1929. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1997.
An account of the causes, events, and aftermath of the financial panic and crash of 1929 that was the beginning of the Great Depression. 338.8 MAY Maynard, Micheline. The Selling of the American Economy: How Foreign Companies are Remaking the American Dream. New York: Broadway Books, 2009.
A comprehensive look into the strength and future of the American economy as more and more foreign companies are taking over American industries, and maintains that foreign investments are actually create thousands more jobs. 342.73 FIR Fireside, Harvey. Plessy v. Ferguson: Separate but Equal? Springfield: Enslow Publishers, 1997.
Examines the Supreme Court case that challenged a state's right to allow separate but equal railroad accommodations for different races. 342.73 HAS Hasday, Judy L. The Civil Rights Act of 1964: an End to Racial Segregation. New York: Chelsea House, 2007.
Presents a brief history of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that was intended to provide all U.S. citizens with equal rights against discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. 342.73 HER Herda, D. J. The Dred Scott Case: Slavery and Citizenship. Berkeley Heights: Enslow, 1994.
Text and accompanying black and white photographs describe the people involved on both sides of the famous Supreme Court case, regarding whether or not slaves had rights as citizens of the United States. 342.73 KEE Keen, Lisa. Out Law: What LGBT Youth Should Know about their Legal Rights. Boston: Beacon Press, 2007.
Answers a number of questions about the legal rights of young people and students who are openly gay. 342.73 PHI Phillips, Tracy A. Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier and the School Newspaper Censorship Debate: Debating Supreme Court Decisions. Berkeley Heights: Enslow Publishers, 2006.
Describes the 1988 U.S. Supreme Court case between the Hazelwood, Missouri school district and the students of the high school who claimed their First Amendment right to free speech had been violated when several articles of their newspaper were censored by the principal. 342.7308 LAB Labunski, Richard E. James Madison and the Struggle for the Bill of Rights. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006.
Traces the efforts by James Madison between 1787 and 1789 as he battled anti-Federalist Patrick Henry to secure Virginia's ratification of the new Constitution, won the election to the House of Representatives, and secured the creation of the Bill of Rights.
344.73 CON Conaway, Judith. Brown v. Board of Education: the Case for Integration. Minneapolis: Compass Point Books, 2007.