Perspectives Texts

Our searchable library of short texts offers a diverse mix of stories and perspectives. This multi-genre, multi-media collection aligns with the Common Core's recommendations for text complexity and the Teaching Tolerance Social Justice Standards. Choose from informational and literary nonfiction texts, literature, photographs, political cartoons, interviews, infographics and more.

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Informational

1920: Women Get the Vote

This article examines the history of the 19th Amendment, which secured the right to vote for women. It examines women's participation at the polls since then and considers the possibility and impact of greater numbers of women in public office.
Grade Level
Sam Roberts
Subject
Civics
History
Economics
Geography
Social Justice Domain
Informational

1960: Sitting Down to Take a Stand

In this article, Suzanne Bilyeu details how the sit-in by the "Greensboro Four" at Woolworth's store in North Carolina created a domino effect which led to sit-ins across the country and galvinized support for the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Grade Level
Suzanne Bilyeu
Subject
Civics
History
Economics
Geography
Social Justice Domain
Literature

A Slave Auction

Solomon Northup was kidnapped and sold into slavery for 12 years before he was freed. This excerpt from his memoir of those years, Twelve Years A Slave, details a New Orleans slave auction.
Grade Level
6-8
Solomon Northup
Subject
History
Economics
Social Justice Domain
Informational

Address at Mass Protest Meeting

Medgar Evers was Mississippi’s first NAACP field secretary and a prominent figure in the civil rights movement. His assassination on June 12, 1963, was heavily reported in the media and widely mourned. Evers delivered this speech at a protest meeting on April 20, 1961.
Grade Level
Medgar Evers
Subject
Civics
History
Economics
Social Justice Domain
Informational

An Abolition Traitor

A Democratic laborer comments on the problem of abolitionism in the North as well as the South, claiming that the emancipation of enslaved people will result in the damaging of white labor rights and opportunities.
Grade Level
Democratic Workingman (Anonymous)
Subject
History
Economics
Geography
Social Justice Domain