Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Resources for African American History Month


February is African American History Month so let me help with some resources.
Books:
The Underground Railroad: An Interactive History Adventure by Allison Lassieur
  • Reading level: Ages 9-12
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Capstone Press; 1st edition (January 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1429611839
  • ISBN-13: 978-1429611831
Describes the people and events of the Underground Railroad in the 1850s after the Fugitive Slave Act was passed. The reader's choices reveal the historical details from the perspectives of a runaway slave, a slave catcher, and an abolitionist. It's $6.95 retail, but scholastic.com has it for $5.00 in their January TAB flyer (T50600).

Also from Scholastic, Freedom Walkers: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott by Russell Freedman
    • Reading level: Ages 9-12
  • Paperback: 114 pages
  • Publisher: Holiday House (November 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823421953
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823421954
In Freedman's clear prose, relive the protest that changed America. This book is packed with archival photos as well as personal stories and historical accounts.
The hardcover retails for $18.95, but at Scholastic.com, the paperback is yours for $6.00.

Website activities:Link




Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938
This site through the Library of Congress contains more than 2,300 first-person accounts of slavery and 500 black-and-white photographs of former slaves. Students are introduced to primary sources.

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