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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.
Grade Level
6-8
Victor Hugo
Topic
Social Justice Domain
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Shulamit Aloni

Aloni has spent her life challenging what she views as the “retreat from the secular liberal ideals envisioned by Israel’s founders.” As a teacher, lawyer, member of parliament, as well as resistance movements, and lecturer, she has become one of Israel’s best-known champions of human and civil rights.
Grade Level
Teaching Tolerance Staff
Subject
History
Geography
Social Justice Domain
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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.
Grade Level
6-8
Teaching Tolerance Staff
Subject
Civics
History
Social Justice Domain
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James Reeb

This essay details James Reeb’s calling to become a minister and—eventually—to join the march in Selma. Although he was tragically murdered following the march, his death had a profound impact on the civil rights movement.
Grade Level
Teaching Tolerance Staff
Subject
Civics
History
Geography
Social Justice Domain