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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.
Barrett Smith discusses the life and accomplishments of the influential female scientist, Marie Curie.
Barrett Smith discusses the life and contributions of the activist Malcolm X to the Civil Right Movement.
Jessica McBirney discusses the charitable work and legacy of Mother Teresa.
Lin-Manuel Miranda rose to fame by capturing the public’s attention using hip hop and his fresh approach to theatre.
Jessica McBirney discusses the life of Frida Kahlo, one of Mexico’s most famous and most celebrated artists.
Jessica McBirney describes the life and musical contributions of the famous trumpet player, Louis Armstrong.
The Legacy of Charles R. Drew
This informational text discusses the life and success of Charles R. Drew, an African American doctor who made great contributions to the field of medicine.
Frederick Douglass: A Biography
National Park Service
This biography of Frederick Douglass provides an overview of his life and work as an abolitionist.