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Cesar Chavez: His Fight for the Farm Workers
Barbara Bloom discusses Cesar Chavez’s activism to protect the rights of farm workers.
Shelby Ostergaard discusses Jesse Owens’ win at the Summer Olympics in 1936.
Granuaile was a well-known female leader and pirate during the 16th century in Ireland.
Shakespeare's Other World
Kim Zarins discusses the otherworldly creatures of William Shakespeare's plays The Tempest and A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Justice for All
Lynn Rymarz discusses how Ida B. Wells confronted racial injustice on a train.
Dolores Huerta, Leader and Activist
Diane L. Brooks
Diane L. Brooks discusses Dolores Huerta, an important labor activist.
Rasputin: Mysteries of a Monk's Life and Death
This text tackles a topic that has fascinated the world for over a century — the life and death of Grigori Rasputin.
Baseball’s Girl Umpire
Amanda Clement was the first woman paid to umpire a baseball game in 1904.
Trailblazing surgeon Mary Walker still one of a kind
As the nation’s first female surgeon, Mary Walker contributed both to the Civil War and to women’s rights.
Jessica McBirney describes the life and accomplishments of Duke Ellington, an influential musician during the Harlem Renaissance.
Barrett Smith discusses the life, career, and persisting mystery of the famous pilot, Amelia Earhart.
Rosa Parks: Beyond the Bus
Barrett Smith explores Rosa Parks’ accomplishments beyond her role in inspiring the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
Jessica McBirney discussed the life and accomplishes of the famous physicist, Stephen Hawking.
Jessica McBirney discusses the life and accomplishments of the famous surrealist artist, Salvador Dalí.
The Women of Hidden Figures
Jessica McBirney describes the life and accomplishments of three African American women who worked for NASA during the Space Race.
Grace Hopper was one of the first female programmers and helped develop the first modern computer.
Adolph Hitler’s violent pursuit of power and prejudiced beliefs against Jews have made him an infamous dictator in history.
Who Is Katherine Johnson?
Katherine Johnson is an African American physicist and mathematician who worked on space missions during the early days of NASA.
Eleanor Roosevelt: Not Without Her Consent
The author describes how Eleanor Roosevelt transformed the role of First Lady by advocating for women and speaking out against racial injustice.