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Silver Candlesticks

After serving a 19-year sentence, Jean Valjean ends up on the Lord Bishop's doorstep, where he is offered a warm meal and bed to sleep in. Although he steals from the bishop, in the end, he earns redemption and a second chance thanks to the bishop's wise and caring ways.
by
Victor Hugo
Grade Level
6-8
Topic
Social Justice Domain
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Literature

(A)wake

In this poem, the speaker traces the senseless killings taking place abroad and at home, with a particular focus on the African-American community. The speaker also calls communities to action to "grow our hope and heal our hearts" in order to live together in peace.
by
Jessica Kobe
Grade Level
Subject
Civics
History
Geography
Social Justice Domain
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Informational

Witch Hunting

In this essay, the author draws parallels between the "witch hunts" experienced in 1692 in Salem, Massachusetts and in 1950 in the U.S. government at U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy's urgings.
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Teaching Tolerance Staff
Grade Level
6-8
Subject
Civics
History
Social Justice Domain
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Informational

Righting Old Wrongs

By the time the first few Mormon families moved back into Jackson County in 1867, old hostilities no longer threatened their freedom or safety. Nonetheless, Gov. Boggs' Extermination Order remained on the books more than a century, until a subsequent governor made this proclamation in 1976.
by
Christopher S. Bond
Grade Level
6-8
Subject
Civics
History
Geography
Social Justice Domain
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Multimedia

The Convert

This radio segment looks at a workshop, led by law professor Ramzi Kassem, offering guidance to Muslims on how to respond in the event that they find themselves under surveillance in terrorism investigations.
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Chicago Public Media
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Subject
Civics
Social Justice Domain
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Informational

The burden of being a young American Muslim

Hailey Woldt describes being a part of a research team that traveled to 75 cities and visited 100 mosques as part of a study on Muslims living in a post-9/11 America. In Brooklyn, a ten-year-old boy tells of being beaten, prevented from practicing his religion in peace and called a terroist.
by
Hailey Woldt
Grade Level
6-8
Subject
Civics
Geography
Social Justice Domain
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