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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.

“The leveled texts have really helped me engage students and introduce them to complex topics in a way they can understand.”

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625 Texts

Informational

A Narrative of the Most Remarkable Particulars in the Life of James Albert Ukawsaw Gronniosaw

In this text, we learn about James Albert Ukawsaw Gronniosaw, who obtained his freedom only for a creditor to threaten him with enslavement. The text describes his experience working off his debt by privateering in the Caribbean while he expressed his dream to relocate to London, England.
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James Albert Ukawsaw Gronniosaw
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History
Social Justice Domain
December 15, 2017
Informational

An Act for Prohibiting the Importation of Negroes, June 1774

With this text, the colony of Rhode Island outlawed the importation of enslaved Africans and established the immediate emancipation of enslaved people in the colony in 1774. However, the law stipulated some important exceptions that made this change particularly ineffective.
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Colony of Rhode Island
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History
Social Justice Domain
December 15, 2017
Informational

An Abolition Traitor

A Democratic laborer comments on the problem of abolitionism in the North as well as the South, claiming that the emancipation of enslaved people will result in the damaging of white labor rights and opportunities.
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Democratic Workingman (Anonymous)
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History
Social Justice Domain
December 15, 2017
Informational

Thanksgiving Sermon

This is a sermon by Benjamin Morgan Palmer that argues for the preservation of slavery. It gives students a close look at the religious arguments made for the institution of slavery.
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Benjamin Morgan Palmer
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History
Social Justice Domain
December 15, 2017
Informational

Will of Robert Johnston

This is a will of an enslaver from 1776. It shows how enslaved persons were treated as property to be passed down through generations.
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Robert Johnston
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History
Economics
December 15, 2017
Literature

Southern Marseillaise

Likely written during or shortly after the Civil War, these song lyrics depict Southern patriotism and duty to maintaining a certain way of life. Using melodic rhymes and repetition, the author emphasizes Southern manhood, justified violence and supposedly benign slavery.
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Allan D. Francis
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Civics
History
Social Justice Domain
December 15, 2017
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