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These are a few of our favorite books on African-American History, Archaeology (both near and far), the American Revolution and Civil War, and other topics. We'll add additional topics as we find good books. We try to ensure that selected books are easily found in most libraries, but if you have trouble locating a specific book, ask your librarian to request it through Inter-Library Loan.

PARENTS AND TEACHERS -- We believe that those books marked with an asterisk (*) are suitable for younger readers -- but look at them yourself first. Also, be aware that books on the Civil War and slavery can be disturbing. Be sure to read with your kids or students and be prepared to discuss these tough topics honestly and completely.

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African-American Reading List
Brent, Linda. 1973. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. San Diego: Harvest/HBJ Book. (ISBN 0-15-644350-3)
Campbell, D.C. 1991. Before Freedom Came: African-American Life in the Antebellum South. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia.
*Daise, Ronald. 1986. De Gullah Storybook. Beaufort: G.O.G. Enterprises.
Hamilton, Virginia. 1993. Many Thousands Gone: African Americans from Slavery to Freedom. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. (ISBN 0-394-82873-9)
Hurmence, Belinda. 1984. My Folks Don't Want Me to Talk About Slavery. Winston-Salem, North Carolina: John f. Blair. (ISBN 0-89587-039-8)
Hurmence, Belinda. 1989. Before Freedom, When I Just Can Remember: Twenty-seven Oral Histories of Former South Carolina Slaves. Winston-Salem, North Carolina: John f. Blair. (ISBN 0-89587-069-X)
*January, Brendan. 1998. Cornerstones of Freedom: The Dred Scott Decision. Children's Press, New York. (ISBN 0-516245-704-50).
*Lester, Julius. 1968. To Be a Slave. New York: Scholastic Books. (ISBN 0-590-42460-2)
*Lester, Julius and Rod Brown. 1998. From Slave Ship to Freedom Road. New York: Dial Books. (ISBN 0-8037-1893-4)
*Levine, Ellen. 1993. . . . If You Traveled on The Underground Railroad. New York: Scholastic. (ISBN 0-59045156-1)
*McKissack, Patricia C. 1997. A Picture of Freedom: the Diary of Clotee, a Slave Girl, Belmont Plantation, Virginia, 1859. Dear America Series. Scholastic, Inc., New York. (ISBN 0-590-25988-1).
*McKissack, Patricia C. and Fredrick McKissack. 1992. Sojourner Truth: Ain't I a Woman? New York: Scholastic, Inc. (ISBN 0-590-44691-6)
*Stein, R. Conrad. 1993. Cornerstones of Freedom: The Montgomery Bus Boycott. Children's Press, New York. (ISBN 0-516-46671-2).
Thomas, Velma Maia. 1997. Lest We Forget: The Passage from Africa to Slavery and Emancipation. New York: Crown Publishers, Inc. (ISBN 0-609-60030-3)

Simple Books on Archaeology
Coan, Julie. 1999. Digging into Archaeology: Hands-On, Minds-On Unit Study. Pacific Grove, California: Critical Thinking Books & Software. (ISBN 0-89455-718-1)
Moloney, Norah. 1995. The Young Oxford Book of Archaeology. New York: Oxford University Press.
*Samford, Patricia and David L. Ribblett. 1995. Archaeology for Young Explorers: Uncovering History at Colonial Williamsburg. Williamsburg: The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. (ISBN 0-87935-089-X)
Sattler, Helen Roney. 1993. The Earliest Americans. New York: Clarion Books. (ISBN 0-618-11146-8)

Books on Far Away Archaeology
*Caselli, Giovanni. 1983. The First Civilizations. New York: Peter Bedrick Books. (ISBN 0-922745-59-9)
*Baquedano, Elizabeth. 1993. Aztec, Inca & Maya. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. (ISBN 0-679-83883-X)
*Putnam, James. 1993. Mummy. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. (ISBN 0-679-83881-3)
*Reeves, Nicholas. 1992. Into the Mummy's Tomb. Toronto: Madison Press Books. (ISBN 0-590-45753-5)
Taylor, John H. 1995. Unwrapping a Mummy: The Life, Death and Embalming of Horemkenesi. Austin: University of Texas Press. (ISBN 0-292-78141-5)

Women in History
*Gourley, Katherine. 1999. Welcome to Felicity's World, 1774: Growing Up in Colonial America. Middleton, Wisconsin: Pleasant Co. Publications (ISBN 1-56247-768-4)
*Gourley, Katherine. 1999. Welcome to Samantha's World, 1904: Growing Up in America's New Century. Middleton, Wisconsin: Pleasant Co. Publications (ISBN 1-56247-772-2)
*Gourley, Katherine. 1999. Welcome to Molly's World, 1944: Growing Up in World War Two America. Middleton, Wisconsin: Pleasant Co. Publications (ISBN 1-56247-773-0)
Kamensky, Jane. 1995. The Colonial Mosaic: American Women 1600-1760. New York: Oxford University Press. (ISBN 0-19-512400-6)
*LaPierre, Yvette. 1999. Welcome to Josefina's World, 1824: Growing Up on America's Southwest Frontier. Middleton, Wisconsin: Pleasant Co. Publications (ISBN 1-56247-769-2)
*Sinnott, Susan. 1999. Welcome to Kirsten's World, 1854: Growing Up in Pioneer America. Middleton, Wisconsin: Pleasant Co. Publications (ISBN 1-56247-770-6)

The American Revolution
*Collier, James Lincoln and Christopher Collier. 1983. War Comes to Willy Freeman. New York: Yearling Books. (ISBN 0-440-49504-0)
*Egger-Bovet, Howard and Marlene Smith-Baranzini. 1994. USKids History: Book of the American Revolution. Boston: Little, Brown and Company. (ISBN 0-316-22204-6)

The American Civil War
*Archambault, Alan. 1995. Black Soldiers in the Civil War. Santa Barbara: Bellerophon Books. (ISBN 0-88388-202-7)
Bolotin, Norman and Angela Herb. 1995. For Home and Country: A Civil War Scrapbook. Dutton: Lodestar Books. (ISBN 0-525-67495-0)
Gladstone, William A. 1990. United States Colored Troops, 1863-1867. Gettysburg: Thomas Publications. (ISBN 0-939631-16-4)
*Moore, Kay. 1994. . . . .If You Lived at the Time of the Civil War. New York: Scholastic, Inc. (ISBN 0-590-45422-6)
Murphy, Jim. 1990. The Boys' War: Confederate and Union Soldiers Talk About the Civil War. New York: Clarion Book. (ISBN 0-395-66412-8)
Robertson, James I., Jr. The Civil War's Common Soldier. Washington, D.C.: Eastern National Park and Monument Association. (ISBN 0-915992-65-5)
*Weiner, Eric. 1992. The Civil War. New York: Smithmark. (ISBN 0-8317-2312-2)

Platt, Richard. 2003. Crime Scene: The Ultimate Guide to Forensic Science. New York: DK Publishing. (ISBN 0-7894-8891-4)

Teaching History
Crabtree, Charlotte, Gary B. Nash, Paul Gagnon, Scott Waugh, editors. 1992. Lessons from History: Essential Understandings and Historical Perspectives Students Should Acquire. Los Angeles: National Center for History in the Schools. (ISBN 0-9633218-0-3) (Out of print, but a thought provoking examination of how history could be better taught).
Loewen, James W. 1999. Lies Across America: What Our Historic Sites Get Wrong. New York: The New Press. (ISBN 1-56584-344-4)
Stephens, John Richard. 1997. Weird History 101. Holbrook, Massachusetts: Adams Media. (ISBN 1-55850-715-9).
Zemelman, Steven, Harvey Daniels, and Arthur Hyde. 1998. Best Practice: New Standards for Teaching and Learning in American Schools. Second Edition. Portsmouth: Heinemann. (ISBN 0-325-00091-3)


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