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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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622 Texts

Informational

Freedom Primer No. 1: The Convention Challenge and the Freedom Vote

This pamphlet from the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP) explains their unsuccessful 1964 Democratic National Convention challenge in Atlantic City and the MFDP’s plans moving forward from the convention.
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Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party
Grade Level
Subject
Social Studies
Civics
History
Social Justice Domain
July 18, 2022
Informational

Underwriting Manual: Underwriting and Valuation Procedure under Title II of the National Housing Act

This text contains sections of the Federal Housing Administration’s underwriting manual that detail valuations of property based on racial factors.
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The United States Federal Housing Administration
Grade Level
Subject
Social Studies
History
Economics
Social Justice Domain
July 18, 2022
Informational

An Aesthetic of Blackness: Strange and Oppositional

This text by bell hooks shares her experiences involving her upbringing, space, culture, family and more in order to reflect about her identity, community and aesthetics of Blackness. hooks also emphasizes freeing the creative spirit, supporting artistic expression and acknowledging social hierarchies, the African diaspora and cultural production.
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bell hooks
Grade Level
Subject
Social Studies
History
Social Justice Domain
July 18, 2022
Multimedia

The Liberation of Our People

In her speech, Davis calls the people to deeply reflect about American patriotism, the lie that is rooted within this concept. She calls people to make the connection between the Vietnam war, the oppression of Black and Brown people and the exploitation of white workers in the United States.
by
Angela Y. Davis
Grade Level
Subject
Social Studies
Civics
History
Economics
Social Justice Domain
July 18, 2022