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Women of the Union

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During the American Civil War, women had limited opportunities and little political influence. But when thousands of women from Northern states offered their time and skills to support the war effort, they not only impacted the war but also transformed the role of women. Some daring women ventured to the battlefields to serve as nurses, doctors, cooks, and spies. Some even disguised themselves as men and secretly joined the Army. These women bravely faced the challenges of war and helped reshape the nation.

Ruth and the Green Book

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Ruth was so excited to take a trip in her family's new car! In the early 1950s, few African Americans could afford to buy cars, so this would be an adventure. But she soon found out that black travelers weren't treated very well in some towns. Many hotels and gas stations refused service to black people. Daddy was upset about something called Jim Crow laws . . .

Finally, a friendly attendant at a gas station showed Ruth's family The Green Book. It listed all of the places that would welcome black travelers. With this guidebook--and the kindness of strangers--Ruth could finally make a safe journey from Chicago to her grandma's house in Alabama.

Ruth's story is fiction, but The Green Book and its role in helping a generation of African American travelers avoid some of the indignities of Jim Crow are historical fact.

-- "Journal"

Words Set Me Free: The Story of Young Frederick Douglass

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The inspirational, true story of how Frederick Douglass found his way to freedom one word at a time.

This picture book biography chronicles the youth of Frederick Douglass, one of the most prominent African American figures in American history. Douglass spent his life advocating for the equality of all, and it was through reading that he was able to stand up for himself and others. Award-winning husband-wife team Lesa Cline-Ransome and James E. Ransome present a moving and captivating look at the young life of the inspirational man who said, "I would unite with anybody to do right and with nobody to do wrong."