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I have the rest of our booklist set for next year's history. I have the Civil Rights Movement covered, plus we live in Atlanta and will be able to go to the MLK,Jr historical site and so forth.


What I'd really, like, though, is something to cover the rest of the sixties - the anti-war protests, the women's rights movement, the assassination of RFK, Stonewall & the gay rights movement, etc.


This is for a fourth grader, though she reads on an advanced level (many of the other books she'll be reading are from the list for 8th graders in WTM, for instance). We come from a liberal perspective, politically, so I'm not looking for condemnation of any of these.


Is there anything like this out there?

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I believe that "Red Scarf Girl" is set in the 60's, in communist China.


I have not looked at these, but there is an American Girl doll who lived in San Francisco during the 1970s, and I believe that there are several books about her.


"The Egypt Game" is set in thinly disguised Palo Alto during the 60's.


She is probably too young for 'The Tiger and the Elephant'--Marrin's book about the Vietnam war. There is a great book of original source material about the Free Speech Movement in Berkeley in 1964 called "The Berkeley Student Revolt" but again, I think that it might be too old for your daughter. If you read it with her and discussed it quite a bit, though, I think it would be a great jumping off point.

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http://www.amazon.com/Aint-Gonna-Study-War-More/dp/0375822607 anything written by Milton Meltzer will fit your family to a T. I searched and searched for years and this gentleman's books are worth hunting down . Comes A Time about the civil rights movement also a Meltzer book is just wonderful. Also you might like these by Howard Zinn written for a younger student http://www.amazon.com/Young-Peoples-History-United-States/dp/1583227598. The music of the labor, civil rights and peace movement is crucial to appreciating the respective issues. Here are some links to my faves: http://folkmusic.about.com/od/toptens/tp/CivilRightsSong.htm


Ellen Klages wrote a coming of age story set in the Los Alamos years that resonated well with dd at 12-13 that provide a long hard look at The Cold War and Atomic Age. Linked here http://ellenklages.com/ the Green Glass Sea and White Sands, Red Menace . I have been waiting for someone to ask for these resources ,you have made my week by doing so!

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1957 - Cracking the Wall: Struggles of Little Rock Nine (CR) -- (Lucas) Civil Rights


Jackie Robinson and the Story of All Black Baseball (SIR5) -- Jim O'Connor

The Story of Muhammad Ali (DK4) -- Leslie Garrett


Cornerstones of Freedom: The Story of: Jackie Robinson Breaks the Color Line

Cornerstones of Freedom: The Story of: The Montgomery Bus Boycott

Cornerstones of Freedom: The Story of: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court




Martin Luther King, Jr.: MAn of Peace (HR4) -- Jackson/Ford

Martin Luther King, Jr. and the March on Washington (AAR2) -- Frances Ruffin

The Story of Muhammad Ali (DK4) -- Leslie Garrett

Race Into Space (SIR4) -- Eric Arnold

Moonwalk (SIR5) -- Judy Donnelly


Cornerstones of Freedom: The Story of: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy

Cornerstones of Freedom: The Story of: The Assassination of* Martin Luther King, Jr.




1996 - The Bravest Cat: The True Story of Scarlett (AAR1) -- Laura Driscoll


Ice Mummy: Discovery of a 3,000 year old Man (SIR4) -- Cathy Dubowski

Civil War Sub: Mystery of the Hunley (AAR3) -- Kate Jerome (Civil War)

USS Monitor: Iron Warship That Changed the World (AAR3) -- Gare Thompson

Dinosaur Detectives (DK4) -- Linda Martin

Giant Squid: Mystery of the Deep (AAR2) -- Jennifer Dussling

Finding the Titanic (HR4) -- Ballard


Cornerstones of Freedom: The Story of: The Disability Rights Movement

Cornerstones of Freedom: The Story of: The Fall of the Soviet Union

Cornerstones of Freedom: The Story of: The NAMES Project: The AIDS Quilt




Lance Armstrong: The Race of His Life (AAR3) -- Kristin Armstrong

Tiger Woods (AAR3) -- Andrew Gutelle

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