The Period Before the American Revolution
Fritz, Jean. (1983). The double life of Pocahontas. New York : Putnam. 921 P75
A biography of the famous American Indian princess, emphasizing her life-long adulation of John Smith and the roles she played in two very different cultures.
Poole, Josephine. (1998). Joan of Arc. New York : Knopf. 921 J433PO
A biography of the fifteenth-century peasant girl who led a French army to victory against the English, witnessed the crowning of King Charles VII, and was later burned at the stake for witchcraft.
Stanley, Diane. (1998). Joan of Arc. New York : Morrow Junior Books. 921 J433S
A biography of the fifteenth-century peasant girl who led a French army to victory against the English and was burned at the stake for witchcraft.
Rockwell, Anne. (2000). Only passing through: the story of Sojourner Truth. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, : Distributed by Random House. 305.5 R684O
The story of Isabella, whom nobody wanted to buy when she was a child but who turned out to be a brave, strong woman who spoke out against the evils of slavery, Sojourner Truth.
Stanley, Diane. (1986). Peter the Great. New York : Four Winds Press. 921 P442
A biography of the tsar who began the transformation of Russia into a modern state in the late seventeenth-early eighteenth centuries.
The American Revolution
Freedman, Russell. (2012). Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass : the story behind an American friendship. Boston : Clarion Books. 973.709 F855a
A clear-sighted, carefully researched account of two surprisingly parallel lives and how they intersected at a critical moment in U.S. history.
Fritz, Jean. (1973). And then what happened, Paul Revere?. New York : Coward, McCann & Geoghegan. 973.3 F919A
Describes some of the well-known as well as the lesser-known details of Paul Revere's life and exciting ride.
Lawson, Robert. (1939). Ben and me; a new and astonishing life of Benjamin Franklin as written by his good mouse, Amos, lately discovered. Boston : Little, Brown and Company. INTR-FIC L425B
The story of Ben Franklin's adult life as told by his friend, a mouse, who takes much of the credit for Ben's accomplishments.
Fritz, Jean. (1977). Can’t you make them behave , King George ? New York : Coward, McCann & Geoghegan. 921 G293
A biography of the King of Great Britain at the time of the American Revolution.
Schanzer, Rosalyn. (2004). George vs. George : the American Revolution as seen by both sides. Washington, DC : National Geographic. 973.3 S299g
Explores how the characters and lives of King George III of England and George Washington affected the progress and outcome of the American Revolution.
Aliki. (1988). The many lives of Benjamin Franklin. New York : Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers. 921 F8313al
Recounts the story of Benjamin Franklin's life and his many activities and achievements.
Fritz, Jean. (1974). Why don't you get a horse, Sam Adams? (Illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman). New York : Coward, McCann & Geoghegan. 921 A217F
A brief biography of Samuel Adams describing his activities in stirring up the revolt against the British and how he was finally persuaded to learn to ride a horse.
Fritz, Jean. (1982). Will you sign here, John Hancock?. New York : Coward, McCann & Geoghegan. 973.3 F919W
A biography of the first signer of the Declaration of Independence outlining all that he did for himself as well as what he did for Massachusetts and his new nation.
The Civil War
Hamilton, Virginia. (1988). Anthony Burns : the defeat and triumph of a fugitive slave. New York : A.A. Knopf. 921 B937
A biography of the slave who escaped to Boston in 1854, was arrested at the instigation of his owner, and whose trial caused a furor between abolitionists and those determined to enforce the Fugitive Slave Acts.
Lawrence, Jacob. (1968). Harriet and the Promised Land. New York, Windmill Books. 811 L4215H
Brief biography in verse about Harriet Tubman and her dedicated efforts to lead her fellow slaves to freedom.
Freedman, Russell. (1987). Lincoln : a photobiography. New York, N.Y. : Clarion Books. 921 L638
Photographs and text trace the life of the Civil War President.
Lester, Julius. (1972). Long journey home; stories from Black history. New York, Dial Press. INTR-FIC L6425L
Six stories crafted around the theme of freedom from slavery -- won or lost or earned.
Hamilton, Virginia. (1993). Many thousand gone : African Americans from slavery to freedom. New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House. 973.7 H221M
Recounts the journey of Black slaves to freedom via the underground railroad, an extended group of people who helped fugitive slaves in many ways.
Schroeder, Alan. (1996). Minty : a story of young Harriet Tubman. New York : Dial Books for Young Readers. 973.7 S381M
Young Harriet Tubman, whose childhood name was Minty, dreams of escaping slavery on the Brodas plantation in the late 1820s.
Jones, Carrie. (2011). Sarah Emma Edmonds was a great pretender : the true story of a Civil War spy. (Illustrations by Mark Oldroyd). Minneapolis : Carolrhoda Books. 921 E241j
A picture book biography of Sarah Emma Edmonds, a Canadian-born woman who served as a spy in the Union Army during the Civil War.
Fritz, Jean. (1991). Bully for you, Teddy Roosevelt!. New York : G.P. Putnam's. 921 R677T
Follows the life of the dynamic twenty-sixth president, discussing his conservation work, hunting expeditions, family life, and political career.
Freedman, Russell. (1987). Indian chiefs. New York : Holiday House. 920 F853I
Biographies of six Western Indian chiefs who led their people in a historic moment of crisis, when a decision had to be made about fighting or cooperating with the white pioneers encroaching on their grounds.
Fritz, Jean. (1986). Make way for Sam Houston. New York : Putnam. 921 H818
Traces the life of the soldier who led the fight for Texas' independence from Mexico, served as governor and senator, and opposed secession during the Civil War.
Harvey, Brett. (1986). My prairie year : based on the diary of Elenore Plaisted. New York : Holiday House. P 921 P692
Nine-year old Elenore describes her experiences living with her family in the Dakota Territory in the late nineteenth century.
Conrad, Pam. (1991). Prairie visions : the life and times of Solomon Butcher. New York, NY : HarperCollins. 778 C
A collection of photos and stories about photographer Solomon Butcher and turn-of-the-century Nebraska.
Marrin, Albert. (2000). Sitting Bull and his world. (1st ed.). New York : Dutton Children's Books. 978 M359S
Discusses the life of the Hunkpapa chief who is remembered for his defeat of General Custer at Little Big Horn.
Jakes, John. (1986). Susanna of the Alamo : a true story. San Diego : Gulliver Books. 921 D56
Relates the experiences of the Texas woman who, along with her baby, survived the 1836 massacre at the Alamo.
Immigration, World War I, and the Great Depression
Blumberg, Rhoda. (1985). Commodore Perry in the land of the Shogun. New York : Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books. 952 B658C\
Details Commodore Matthew Perry's role in opening Japan's closed society to world trade in the 1850s, one of history's most significant diplomatic achievements.
Freedman, Russell. (1991). The Wright brothers : how they invented the airplane. New York : Holiday House. 921 W947F
Follows the lives of the Wright brothers and describes how they developed the first airplane.
World War II
Freedman, Russell. (1993). Eleanor Roosevelt : a life of discovery. New York : Clarion Books. 973.9 F853E
A photobiography of the first wife of a president to have a public life and career of her own.
Uchida, Yoshiko. (1991). The invisible thread : an autobiography. Englewood Cliffs, NJ : J. Messner. 813 U17I
Children's author, Yoshiko Uchida, describes growing up in Berkeley, California, as a Nisei, second generation Japanese American, and her family's internment in a Nevada concentration camp during World War II.
Reiss, Johanna. (1976). The journey back. New York : Crowell. 940.54 R378J
After spending three years hiding from the Nazis, a Jewish family is reunited and begins the job of rebuilding their country and family.
Reiss, Johanna. (1972). The upstairs room. New York, Crowell. 940.53 R378U
A Dutch Jewish girl describes the two-and-one-half years she spent in hiding in the upstairs bedroom of a farmer's house during World War II.
The 1950's to the Present
Brimmer, Larry Dane. (2011). Black & white : the confrontation between Reverend Fred L. Shuttlesworth and Eugene "Bull" Connor. Honesdale, Pa. : Calkins Creek. 323.11 B857b
"In the nineteen fifties and early sixties, Birmingham, Alabama, became known as Bombingham. At the center of this violent time in the fight for civil rights, and standing at opposite ends, were Reverend Fred L. Shuttlesworth and Eugene "Bull’ Connor. From his pulpit, Shuttlesworth agitated for racial equality, while Commissioner Connor fought for the status quo. Relying on court documents, police and FBI reports, newspapers, interviews, and photographs, author Larry Dane Brimner first covers each man’s life and then brings them together to show how their confrontation brought about significant change to the southern city"--Publisher.
Hoyt-Goldsmith, Diane. (1992). Hoang Anh : a Vietnamese-American boy. New York : Holiday House. 973 H871H
A Vietnamese American boy describes the daily activities of his family in San Rafael, California, and the traditional culture and customs that shape their lives.
Coleman, Evelyn. (1998). The riches of Oseola McCarty. Morton Grove, Ill. : Albert Whitman. 921 M123C
A brief biography of Oseola McCarty, a hard-working washer woman who, without a formal education herself, donated a portion of her life savings to the University of Southern Mississippi to endow a scholarship fund for needy students.
Coles, Robert. (1995). The story of Ruby Bridges. New York : Scholastic. 370.19 C693S
For months six-year-old Ruby Bridges must confront the hostility of white parents when she becomes the first African American girl to integrate Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans in 1960.
Collective and Series Biographies
Yolen, Jane. (1992). A letter from Phoenix Farm. Katonah, N.Y. : R.C. Owen Publishers. P 921 Y78
An autobiographical account of the prominent author Jane Yolen and how her daily life and writing process are interwoven.
Artists and Artisans
Greenberg, Jan. (1998). Chuck Close, up close. (1st ed.). New York, N.Y. : DK Ink. 921 C645G
A biography of the revisionist artist who achieved prominence in the late 1960s for enormous, photographically realistic, black and white portraits of himself and his friends.
Sills, Leslie. (1989). Inspirations : stories about women artists. Niles, Ill. : A. Whitman. 759.13 S
Discusses the lives and art of Frida Kahlo, Georgia O'Keeffe, Alice Neel, and Faith Ringgold. Includes color reproductions of their work.
Winter, Jeanette. (1998). My name is Georgia : a portrait. (1st ed.). San Diego : Silver Whistle/Harcourt Brace. 921 O414W
Presents, in brief text and illustrations, the life of the painter who drew much of her inspiration from nature.
Sills, Leslie. (1993). Visions : stories about women artists. Morton Grove, Ill. : A. Whitman. 709 S584V
Presents the lives and works of four pioneering women artists: Mary Cassatt, Leonora Carrington, Betye Saar, and Mary Frank.
Musicians and Dancers
Pinkney, Andrea Davis. (1998). Duke Ellington : the piano prince and his orchestra. New York : Hyperion Books for Children. 921 E46P
A brief recounting of the career of this jazz musician and composer who, along with his orchestra, created music that was beyond category.
Freedman, Russell. (1998). Martha Graham, a dancer's life. New York : Clarion Books. 921 G741F
A photo-biography of the American dancer, teacher, and choreographer who was born in Pittsburgh in 1895 and who became a leading figure in the world of modern dance.
Scientists and Inventors
Sis, Peter. (1996). Starry messenger : a book depicting the life of a famous scientist, mathematician, astronomer, philosopher, physicist, Galileo Galilei. New York : Farrar Straus Giroux. 520 S622S
Describes the life and work of the courageous man who changed the way people saw the galaxy, by offering objective evidence that the earth was not the fixed center of the universe.
Fleischman, Paul. (1992). Townsend's warbler. New York : HarperCollins. 508.73 F
An account of the 1834 cross-continental journey of naturalist John Townsend and his many discoveries, including the warbler that bears his name.
Meltzer, Milton. (1968). Langston Hughes; a biography. New York, Crowell. 921 H8938ME
A biography of the Negro poet and playwright whose themes were based on his diverse ethnic and social experiences in Harlem and in the many places he traveled.
Walker, Alice. (1974). Langston Hughes, American Poet. N. Y. Crowell. P921 H874\
A biography of the American poet whose works articulated the despair of the blacks over social and economic conditions.
Myers, Elisabeth P. (1970). Langston Hughes, poet of his people. Champaign, Ill., Garrard Pub. Co. 921 H8938MY
A biography of the black poet whose poems were influenced greatly by jazz and blues rhythms.
Miller, William. (1994). Zora Hurston and the chinaberry tree. New York : Lee & Low Books. 813 M652Z
Tells the story of the death Zora Hurston's mother and how Zora came to understand the legacy her mother had left her.
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