This title examines the remarkable life of Barack Obama. Readers will learn about his childhood, education, community organizer work, and law career. Obama's entry into politics is discussed in detail, including his rise from state senator to the first African-American president of the United States. Obama's family life and societal contributions are also covered. Color photos and informative sidebars accompany easy-to-read, compelling text. Features include a timeline, facts, additional resources, web sites, a glossary, a bibliography, and an index. Essential Lives is a series in Essential Library, an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company. Grades 6-9.
Joshua Wong was born in Hong Kong less than one year before China took back control of the city from the United Kingdom. While the handover was peaceful, Hong Kong’s citizens lost their right to fully democratic elections. Joshua's leadership as an activist came to international attention in 2014, during pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. The protest became known as the Umbrella Movement. Although Joshua and his student organization called Scholarism promoted peaceful protest, he was jailed for his participation. Undiscouraged, Joshua continues to advocate for full and free elections in Hong Kong. He has been the subject of a documentary called Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower, and has been recognized for his work with many awards including TIME magazine’s 25 Most Influential Teens.
Thurgood Marshall was an incredible man. He believed that "separate but equal" was not fair. He fought for people and their civil rights. He became a justice for the Supreme Court. Here he helped change unfair laws for African Americans. He is known as "Mr. Civil Rights". Colorful images, supporting text, a glossary, table of contents, and index all work together to help readers better understand the content and be fully engaged from cover to cover.
The United States president preserves, protects, and defends the U.S. Constitution. Each president's term influences events in America and around the world for years to come. This biography introduces young readers to the life of Abraham Lincoln, beginning with his childhood in Knob Creek, Kentucky. Information about Lincoln's early career as a lawyer as well as New Salem's postmaster and deputy county surveyor is discussed. In addition, his family and personal life are highlighted. Easy-to-read text details Lincoln's military service during the Black Hawk War and his political career as a member of the Illinois state legislature and the U.S. House of Representatives. Finally, students will explore key events from Republican president Lincoln's administration, including the American Civil War, the Emancipation Proclamation, the Gettysburg Address, the Thirteenth Amendment, and his assassination by John Wilkes Booth. Beautiful graphics showcase the primary source documents and photographs. A timeline, fast facts, and sidebars help put essential information at students' fingertips. In addition, a quick-reference chart provides easy access to facts about every U.S. president. Checkerboard Library is an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.
Offers readers an inside look into the life of Betty Ford and how she influenced the nation as First Lady. Learn all about how she encouraged women to look after their health and how she fought for equal rights. Additional features include a Fast Facts spread, critical thinking questions, primary source quotes and accompanying source notes, a phonetic glossary, an index, an author introduction, and sources for further research.
Offers readers an inside look into the life of Claudia 'Lady Bird' Johnson and how she influenced the nation as First Lady. Learn all about her stance on protecting the nation's landscapes and her passion for civil rights. Additional features include a Fast Facts spread, critical thinking questions, primary source quotes and accompanying source notes, a phonetic glossary, an index, an author introduction, and sources for further research.
Introduces readers to inspiring immigrants whose political contributions made our country great. From Austria's Felix Frankfurter who served on the Supreme Court and started the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), to Czechoslovakia's Madeleine Albright, the first woman to hold the postion of Secretary of State, to Thailand's Tammy Duckworth, who became the first woman elected to Congress who was hurt fighting for America, each profile is presented in a clear, historical context with an emphasis on their legacies,.