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W. E. B. Du Bois

Don Troy (author)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781609542207

W. E. B. Du Bois was born a few years after the end of the Civil War, and he dedicated his life to the fight for racial equality. Du Bois was highly educated, and he used his knowledge to speak out against segregation and the commonly held belief that blacks were inferior to whites.

The Emancipation Proclamation

Charles W. Carey Jr. (author)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781609542009

The Emancipation Proclamation, issued by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, declared all Confederate slaves to be free. Because the order only applied to Southern states that the Union did not control, few slaves benefited immediately. However, many see the historic document as a key turning point in the U.S. Civil War and in the movement to abolish slavery.

Sojourner Truth

Laura Spinale (author)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781609542177

Sojourner Truth was born into slavery. Freed before its abolition, she dedicated her life to speaking out against inequality in all forms. She became one of the nation's foremost abolitionists and an important women's-rights advocate.

Slavery: The Struggle for Freedom

James Meadows (author)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781609542160

The first enslaved Africans landed in North America in 1619 to begin a life of forced, unpaid labor, harsh living conditions, and cruel treatment. The Southern economy grew dependent on slave labor, and the terrible institution was not abolished until after the American Civil War. Although slavery ended almost 150 years ago in the United States, its legacies of racism, prejudice, and the struggle for equal treatment persist today.

Muhammad Ali

Clay Latimer (author)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781609542146

Muhammad Ali is one of America's most well-known athletes. From the time he was a young boy, Ali has been devoted to fighting racism in and out of the boxing ring. Later in his life, Ali was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, but despite his illness he has not ceased to stand up for what he believes.

Mary McLeod Bethune

Amy Robin Jones (author)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781609542115

Throughout her life, Mary McLeod Bethune worked tirelessly to increase women's opportunities, from education to the military to the right to vote. Her activism led her to the White House as a consultant for several presidents. There, she helped advance important civil rights agendas.

Marian Anderson

James Meadows (author)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781609542108

Marian Anderson broke through discrimination and racism to become one of the greatest classical singers of all time. Her exceptional talent allowed her to travel to many countries to perform, showing the world firsthand that the color of one's skin does not determine one's talent or inner strength.

Madam C. J. Walker

Lori Hobkirk (author)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781609542092

Madam C. J. Walker's skill as a businesswoman and desire to create products for black women drove her to become the first black female millionaire. While improving women's lives with her products, she employed women as sales agents and hair culturists, all while giving back to her community.

Frederick Douglass

John Passaro (author)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781609542016

Born into slavery, Frederick Douglass was struck by the unfairness and cruelty of slave life and escaped as a young man to the North. A skilled speaker and writer of Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Douglass became a fierce fighter for the end of slavery and later led the early civil rights movement.

Benjamin Banneker

Melissa Maupin (author)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781609541934

Eighteenth-century inventor and astronomer Benjamin Banneker was widely known and respected in his time. Most of what he knew, he taught himself. His letter to Thomas Jefferson asked the future president to reconsider his racial prejudices. Later, abolitionists would use Banneker as proof that people of any race can be equally intelligent.