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The Life of Paul Robeson: Actor, Singer, Political Activist

by David K. Wright

Paul Robeson, born 1898, was a two-time All-American football player and a law-school graduate in an era that offered few opportunities for African-Americans. He went on to win international acclaim as a singer...


The Life of Paul Laurence Dunbar: Portrait of a Poet

by Catherine Reef

"I know why the caged bird sings," wrote Paul Laurence Dunbar in "Sympathy," one of his best-loved poems. Author Catherine Reef paints a rich and memorable portrait of the first African American to earn his...


The Life of Martin Luther King, Jr.: Leader for Civil Rights

by Michael A. Schuman

"So, even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream..." These now famous words were spoken by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., during the March on Washington in 1963. The many historic...


The Life of Louis Armstrong: King of Jazz

by Wendie C. Old

"Music has been in my blood from the day I was born," said Louis Armstrong. Author Wendie C. Old weaves a rich, colorful tapestry of the life of this beloved and brilliant musician known to his fans as Satchmo....


The Life of Harriet Tubman: Moses of the Underground Railroad

by Anne Schraff

Sorting myth from truth in this amazing tale of courage and heroism, Anne Schraff breathes new life into the story of the most famous "conductor" on the Underground Railroad. "I grew up like a neglected weed-ignorant...


The Life of Frederick Douglass: Speaking Out Against Slavery

by Anne Schraff

Despite being a slave, Douglass learned to read and write. At age 21, he escaped from slavery and forged a new life for himself as a free man. Intelligent and charismatic, Douglass became the leading voice against...


The Life of Duke Ellington: Giant of Jazz

by Wendie C. Old

Duke Ellington's brilliance as a jazz composer; bandleader; and pianist has never been equaled. The winner of eleven Grammy Awards, Duke Ellington, achieved success in New York's Cotton Club, wrote musical scores...


The Life of Bessie Coleman: First African-American Woman Pilot

by Connie Plantz

From an early age, Bessie Coleman dreamed of flying, but racial bigotry and gender bias threatened to keep her grounded. Denied entrance to flight training school in the United States, Coleman went to Europe....


The Life of Benjamin Banneker: Astronomer and Mathematician

by Laura Baskes Litwin

Benjamin Banneker, born in 1731, was a man ahead of his time. As a free African American in a time of slavery, Banneker was not welcome in white society, and he spent most of his life on his Maryland farm. There...


The Watergate Scandal in United States History

by David K. Fremon

In 1972, five men were caught breaking into the Democratic National Headquarters located in Washington, D.C. What soon became clear was that the men who broke into the Watergate building were not ordinary burglars....


The Industrial Revolution in United States History

by Anita Louise McCormick

Imagine listening as Alexander Graham Bell first demonstrates the telephone, or watching Thomas Edison show off his new invention-the automatic telegraph. In less than two hundred years, the United States changed...


The Battle of the Little Bighorn in United States History

by Nancy Warren Ferrell

In Montana, on June 25, 1876 Lieutenant Colonel George Custer and the Seventh U.S. Cavalry faced thousands of Native American warriors. Custer's Last Stand is the battle resulting from years of fighting between...


The Life of Carter G. Woodson: Father of African-American History

by Robert F. Durden

Carter G. Woodson, born just ten years after the Civil War ended, grew up in the lingering shadow of slavery. The son of former slaves, Woodson became the first scholar of African-American history, creating...


The Jim Crow Laws and Racism in United States History

by David K. Fremon

In 1954, the Supreme Court rejected the notion of "separate by equal" facilities in the famous BROWN V. BOARD OF EDUCATION decision. Highlighting the efforts of both blacks and whites to promote racial equality...


The Reconstruction of the South After the Civil War in United States History

by Marsha Ziff

The North had won the Civil War and reunited the Union. African-American slaves were freed and made citizens. The South was in ruins. The period after the Civil War was a troubled time for the United States....


The Journey of Lewis and Clark in United States History

by Judith Edwards

The place was the vast unexplored western frontier of the United States. The time was 1804. The Lewis and Clark expedition set out and overcome the unknown to open the way for settlers to begin the westward...


The Attack on Pearl Harbor in United States History

by Nathan Anthony & Robert Gardner

On December 7, 1941 the Japanese military launched a surprise attack on the American Naval base at Pearl Harbor. A reluctant nation was pushed into World War II by the surprise attack which killed thousands...


The Internment of Japanese Americans in United States History

by David K. Fremon

The loyalty of Japanese Americans was questioned after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, simply because of their ancestry. Author David K. Fremon looks at the events behind this unfortunate episode from American...


The Great Depression in United States History

by David K. Fremon

The Great Depression began when the never-ending party of the Roaring Twenties came to a sudden half. On October 29, 1929, which became known as "Black Tuesday," the stock market crashed, starting a downward...


Women Winning the Right to Vote in United States History

by Carol Rust Nash

The suffrage movement was the fight for the right of women to vote. Highlighting the lives and careers of notable suffragists like Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Carrie Chapman Catt, and Alice Paul,...