Student Texts

Our searchable library of short texts offers a diverse mix of stories and perspectives. This multigenre, multimedia 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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Social Justice Domain
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534 Texts

Informational

The Fugitive Slave Bill

The Fugitive Slave Clause was a stipulation in the U.S. Constitution (Article IV, Section 2, Clause 3) that enslaved persons who escaped to another state had to be returned to their previous enslaver if discovered. An essential component of the Compromise of 1850 included a strengthening of that clause, through what was known as the Fugitive Slave Bill of 1850. The bill served as a concession to southern congressmen who wanted increased power to capture formerly enslaved persons. Congress passed the bill on September 18, 1850, and President Millard Fillmore signed it into law on the same day.
Grade Level
United States Congress
Visual

Broadside for a Reward for Enslaved People Who Escaped

The poster describes each of the four formerly enslaved persons—two male and two female. It also lays out the grounds for the reward, offering $1000 for the capture of all four as well as smaller rewards for the capture of any of the four formerly enslaved persons individually.
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Unidentified
Subject
History
Economics
Geography
Social Justice Domain
Visual

Nameplate of The Liberator

The nameplate includes three distinct pictures—left, center and right—and a banner in addition to the title of the newspaper. The pictures emphasize the humanity of enslaved persons and the injustice of slavery yet the hope for emancipation. The nameplate relies on Christian themes to encourage the abolition of slavery.
Grade Level
Unidentified
Subject
History
Social Justice Domain
Visual

Negroes for Sale

This is an image of an advertisement for a slaver's auction. It describes the enslaved people available for purchase.
Grade Level
E.E. Hundly, W. Robinson, and H.M. Robinson
Subject
History
Economics
Social Justice Domain