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The radium girls

the scary but true story of the poison that made people glow in the dark
"[An adaptation for] young readers [of] . . . the true story of the young women exposed to the 'wonder drug' radium and their struggle for justice"--Provided by publisher.

Breaking the maafa chain

a novel
"Salimatu and her sister Fatmata are captured, sold to slavers, renamed and split apart. Forced to change their names to Sarah and Faith, they end up on opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean. Faith is taken to America, where slavery is still legal and she is stripped of all rights. Sarah ends up in a Victorian England and as the goddaughter of Queen Victoria. Can the two sisters reclaim their freedom and identity in a world that is trying to break them down? Will these once inseparable sisters survive without each other? And if they do find each other again, will they find the other changed beyond recognition?"--Provided by publisher.

The white ship

conquest, anarchy and the wrecking of Henry I's dream
Provides a historical account of the sinking of the "White Ship" in the English Channel in November 1120, killing various nobles, including William Adelin, the heir to the throne of Henry I. Chronicles the event's fallout, including a succession crisis and an eighteen-year civil war. Includes sections of color illustrations.

Can you survive the schoolchildren's blizzard?

an interactive history adventure
"It is January 12, 1888, and you are caught by surprise by a powerful blizzard that sweeps across the Midwest. Dangerously cold temperatures, high winds, and deep snow make travel nearly impossible. Will you be able to find your way home through the storm after leaving school? Can you find your father after he becomes lost in the blinding snow? Will you be able to help your students find shelter after the storm ruins your schoolhouse? With dozens of possible choices, it's up to YOU to find a way to survive one of history's worst blizzards"--Provided by publisher.

Can you survive the 1900 Galveston hurricane?

"In September 1900, the people of Galveston, Texas, knew a storm was coming. But they'd experienced storms before and didn't think much of it. However, the hurricane that hit on September 8 was more powerful and damaging than anybody expected. Will you find a way to survive the storm and write about the experience for the local newspaper? Can you find a way to save your family's business and the customers inside when the storm hits? Will you rescue a young woman who is floating by on the detached roof of a house in the middle of the storm? With dozens of possible choices, it's up to YOU to find a way to survive through one of the deadliest storms in history"--Provided by publisher.

What was Reconstruction?

Explains what Reconstruction is, and examines the impact Reconstruction had on the lives of African Americans. Explores the legacy of Reconstruction through Jim Crow Laws, the rise of white supremacist beliefs, the migration of African Americans from the South to the North, and the civil rights movement. Includes black-and-white photographs and illustrations, timelines, maps, and additional resources.

The life of Martin Luther King, Jr.

leader for civil rights
Looks at the life of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

The life of Frederick Douglass

speaking out against slavery
Presents a biography of Frederick Douglass from the earlier years of his life through the fight for freedom and equality, and on to his final days.

Jane Crow

the life of Pauli Murray
Chronicles the life and career of activist and lawyer Pauli Murray, who systematically fought against discrimination and for equal rights for African Americans.

Exploring Lewis and Clark

reflections on men and wilderness
A series of essays in which the author reflects on the Lewis and Clark Expedition and the journals they wrote about their experiences, and raises questions about the motivations of the explorers, their relationships to the people and animals they encountered, and the roles of Clark's slave York, and the Native American guide known to history as Sacajawea.


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