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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.
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.