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The Thrilling Tale of How Robert Smalls Seized a Confederate Ship and Sailed it to Freedom

This story is the retelling of Robert Smalls' escape from slavery with his entire family in tow. With a plan "as dangerous as it was brilliant," Smalls commandeers a Confederate ship and successfully navigates it out of Charleston's blockaded port and into the hands of the Union army.
Grade Level
6-8
Cate Lineburg
Subject
History
Social Justice Domain
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Experiment in Fairness

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Bayard Rustin was an African American leader who worked for the Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR) in the 1940s and 1950s for equal rights for all Americans using nonviolence. In this story, he writes about the struggle for an African American man to order a simple hamburger at a restaurant in the Midwest.
Grade Level
6-8
Bayard Rustin
Subject
Civics
History
Economics
Social Justice Domain
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Atlanta Compromise 1895

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Regarded as one of the most important speeches in American history, it was delivered by Booker T. Washington as a plea for racial cooperation in the South during a time of deep racial prejudice.
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Booker T. Washington
Subject
Civics
History
Geography
Social Justice Domain
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Freedom's Main Line

One of the earliest assaults on segregated transit in the South occurred in Louisville, Ky., in 1870-71. There, the city’s black community organized a successful protest that relied on nonviolent direct action, a tactic that would give shape to the modern civil rights movement nearly a century later.
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Maria Fleming
Subject
Civics
History
Social Justice Domain
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Who Claims Me?

In Boston, widely regarded as the center of the abolitionist movement, black leaders called on citizens to resist the newly passed Fugitive Slave Law in 1850 in order “to make Massachusetts a battlefield in defense of liberty.”
Grade Level
Teaching Tolerance Staff
Subject
Civics
History
Economics
Social Justice Domain
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Why I’m A Racist

A white man writes about his journey to understanding his racial privilege and the “benefit of the doubt” that life has afforded him.
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Jeff Cook
Subject
Social Studies
Social Justice Domain