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Our searchable library of short texts offers a diverse mix of stories and perspectives. This multigenre, multimedia collection aligns with the Common Core's recommendations for text complexity and the Learning for Justice Social Justice Standards.

Choose from informational and literary nonfiction texts, literature, photographs, political cartoons, interviews, infographics and more. You can also filter by text type, grade level, subject and topic.

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Informational

The Missouri Compromise (1820)

This is the text of the 1820 Missouri Compromise. It shows how lawmakers tried to balance power between slave and free states when admitting Maine and Missouri into the Union.
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Congressional Legislators of the Sixteenth Congress
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History
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December 14, 2017
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Swing Low, Sweet Chariot

This performance of Swing Low Sweet Chariot is part of Nashville Public Television (NPT) and the Renaissance Center's presentation "Tennessee Civil War 150" a series of documentaries delving into life in Tennessee during the Civil War.
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The Fisk Jubilee Singers
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History
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December 14, 2017
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The Fugitive Slave Bill

The Fugitive Slave Clause was a stipulation in the U.S. Constitution (Article IV, Section 2, Clause 3) that enslaved persons who escaped to another state had to be returned to their previous enslaver if discovered. An essential component of the Compromise of 1850 included a strengthening of that clause, through what was known as the Fugitive Slave Bill of 1850. The bill served as a concession to southern congressmen who wanted increased power to capture formerly enslaved persons. Congress passed the bill on September 18, 1850, and President Millard Fillmore signed it into law on the same day.
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United States Congress
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History
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December 14, 2017
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