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Frederick Douglass: A Biography
National Park Service
This biography of Frederick Douglass provides an overview of his life and work as an abolitionist.
Hoover: Feeding the Starving Victims of World War I
This informational text explains how Herbert Hoover organized relief for those suffering from food shortages caused by World War I.
In this informational text, the author shares several well-known stories about Abraham Lincoln.
The Wright Brothers: Air Pioneers
Two American brothers beat the odds, inventing and building the world's first successful airplane.
The Story of Ida B. Wells
Ida Bell Wells was an African-American journalist, editor, suffragist, sociologist, and an early leader in the Civil Rights Movement.
The Life of Julius Caesar
The story of the rise of the famous Roman statesman and general to the position of dictator, and his subsequent betrayal and murder.
Benedict Arnold: Two Sides of a Bitter Coin
Famous for defecting from the Continental to the British Army, today, the name “Benedict Arnold” has become synonymous with treason and betrayal.