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American History Collections


Unit Supplies

Read-aloud - Choose one of the following books for read-aloud time:

Dear Austin: Letters from the Underground Railroad, by Elvira Woodruff

Interest Level: Elementary/Middle School
This book will make you laugh at times, cry at other times, and learn great lessons all along the way.

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Up from Slavery, by Booker T. Washington

Interest Level: Middle/High School
If you're looking for a good autobiography, it doesn't get much better than this. The historical education is valuable. Furthermore, the insights Booker T. Washington has on personal character, race relations, our nation, and life in general are just as apropos and relevant today as they were in the early 20th century.

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Heart and Soul: 

The Story of America and African Americans, by Kadir Nelson

Interest Level: All Ages
This is an excellent book filled with beautiful artwork. The scope of the book covers from 1619 to Obama's presidency. The book is well written, very engaging, does not shy away from hard topics, but provides children with greater understanding of some of the difficult topics of slavery.

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Escape by Night by Laurie Myers

Interest Level: All Ages
This story follows a young Confederate boy who helps a Yankee soldier, as well as a slave, escape from his Mississippi town. Includes poetry and scriptures, and an underlying theme of mercy.

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Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott

Interest Level: All Ages
The March sister's father is away at war and their mother is working to provide for the family. This story takes a look at the beauty, heart ache, and fun that these four sisters have as they take on the challenges of youth and young adulthood.

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