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Some of these books are published by Educators for Social Responsibility, and are excellent resources for teaching conflict resolution to youth.
BK-PH.jpg Book: A People's History of the United States: 1492-Present
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by Howard Zinn • 729 pages • Paperback • Revised & updated (2014)

"[Howard Zinn's A People’s History] made me feel that I was a player in this moment in history, as we all are... It gave me a sense of myself in the context of this huge American experience and empowered me to feel that in my small way, I had something to say, I could do something.”
– Bruce Springsteen"

Zinn has written a brilliant and moving history of the American people from the point of view of those who have been exploited politically and economically and whose plights has been largely omitted from most histories. Extending its coverage...the book is an excellent antidote to established history. Seldom have quotations been so effectively used; the stories of blacks, women, Indians, and poor laborers of all nationalities are told in their own words. While the book is precise enough th please specialists it should satisfy any adult reader." Library Journal If your last serious read of American history was in high school - or even in a standard college course - you'll want to read this amazing account of America as seen throuigh the eyes of its working people, women and minorities.
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BK-TDC.png Book: The Devil's Chessboard - Allen Dulles, the CIA and the Rise of America's Secret Government
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by David Talbot • Hardcover • October 2015 • 620 pages
From the founder of Salon and the author of the New York Times bestseller Brothers, an explosive, headline-making portrait of Allen Dulles, the man who transformed the CIA into the most powerful—and secretive—colossus in Washington.
America's greatest untold story: the United States' rise to world dominance under the guile of Allen Welsh Dulles, the longest-serving director of the CIA. Drawing on revelatory new materials—including recently discovered U.S. government documents, U.S. and European intelligence sources, the personal correspondence and journals of Allen Dulles's wife and mistress, and exclusive interviews with the children of prominent CIA officials—David Talbot reveals the underside of one of America's most towering and influential figures.
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BK-NSDG.jpg Book: National Security & Double Government
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by Michael Glennon • Oxford University Press • 272 pages • Hard cover • 2015
• "This work is of huge importance. It explains the phenomenon that myself and many other informed voters have seen - namely - how the policies of the United States government seem impervious to change no matter the flavor of administration. I found myself baffled and chagrined that President Obama, who I cheerfully voted for twice (and still would prefer over the alternatives) failed to end many of the practices that I abhor, such as the free reign of the NSA, the continual increase in defense budgets and the willingness to keep laws that are clearly against the wishes of the vast majority of Americans, be they Progressives or otherwise." – Tom Hunter

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BK-FFP.jpg Book: The Fight for Peace: A History of Antiwar Movements in America
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Ted Gottfried • 136 pages • 2006
Reinforced sturdy library binding • A book to donate to your local elementary, middle, high school or public library, in this era of tight budgets for public education. Reading level: Grade 7; Interest range: Grades 5 - 12.
There is no other book specifically on this subject avaiable for young and teen readers.
"A readable, engaging resource for reports that will also appeal to general readers." – Starred, Booklist
• "A well-organized, well-documented resource." – School Library Journal
Throughout U.S. history. antiwar activists have gathered and lobbied to prevent armed conflict. Often their work put them at odds with the majority population. Sometimes their antiwar positions gave their opponents reason to question the activist' loyalty to the U.S.
THE FIGHT FOR PEACE traces the work of antiwar activists from the Revoluionary War (1776-1783) to the conflict in Iraq in the 2000's. This book shines light on the U.S. peace movements and organizations that developed in the 1800's, as well as the international pacifist groups that bucked the majority in the 1900's. No other books present this history (besides Howard Zinn's classic 1980 "A People's History of the United States") The book also gives voice to those who argue that some causes are worth fighting for. In so doing, The Fight For Peace makes us face the ongoing tension between those who fight wars and those who fight to preserve peace.
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BK-UHUS.JPG Book: The Untold History of the United States
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by Oliver Stone & Peter Kuznick • 2012 • 784 pages • hardcover
The companion to the Showtime documentary series (nov.-Dec. 2012), director Oliver Stone and historian Peter Kuznick challenge the prevailing orthodoxies of traditional history books in this thoroughly researched and rigorously analyzed look at the dark side of American history.
“At last the world knows America as the savior of the world!”—Woodrow Wilson
The notion of American exceptionalism, dating back to John Winthrop’s 1630 sermon aboard the Arbella, still warps Americans’ understanding of their nation’s role in the world. Most are loathe to admit that the United States has any imperial pretensions. But history tells a different story as filmmaker Oliver Stone and historian Peter Kuznick reveal in this riveting account of the rise and decline of the American empire.

BK-H.jpg Book: Hoodwinked - An Economic Hit Man Reveals Why the World Financial Markets Imploded and What We Need Need To Do To Remake Them
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Hardcover • 2009 • by John Perkins (author: Confessions of an Economic Hitman)
John Perkins has seen the signs of today's economic meltdown before. The subprime mortgage fiascos, the banking industry collapse, the rising tide of unemployment, the shuttering of small businesses across the landscape are all too familiar symptoms of a far greater disease. In his former life as an economic hit man, he was on the front lines both as an observer and a perpetrator of events, once confined only to the third world, that have now sent the United States—and in fact the entire planet—spiraling toward disaster.
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bk-bhah.gif Book: Beyond Heroes and Holidays: A Practical Guide to K-12 Anti-Racist and Multicultural Education and Staff Development.
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edited by Enid Lee, Deborah Menkart, and Margo Okazawa-Rey. Beyond Heroes and Holidays is an interdisciplinary guide for teachers, administrators, students, and parents, offering lessons and readings developed by teachers that show how to analyze the roots of racism, investigate its impacts on our lives, examine its relationship to other forms of oppression, and learn to work to dismantle racism in our schools, communities, and the wider society.
bk-crim.gif Book: Conflict Resolution in the Middle School
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Middle School student are beginning to re-examine their relationships with peers, teachers, parents, and the world. Conflict Resolution in the Middle School presents over 150 classroom-tested activities to help students effectively handle the conflict that goes along with this developmental stage. This curriculum teaches students active listening, perspecting taking, negotiation, and mediation. Based on the unique needs of middle school students and their teachers the activities are cooperatively structured and presented for three levels (grades six through eight). Through discussion, role plays, and journal writing, students broaden their definition on conflict, discover how conflicts escalate, explore connections between diversity and conflict and learn how to de-escalate conflicts. 384 pages.
bk-ep.gif Book: Elementary Perspectives One Teaching Concepts of Peace and Conflict
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by William J Kreidler This book is designed to help educators teach students to think about peace in new ways. Written by an experienced teacer and tested in classrooms across the country, "Perspectives" contains thought-provoking activities that help students explore the many facets of peace and conflict, including the value of conflict and its resolution, social justice issues, and the benefits of appreciating diveristy. This flexible curriculum guide offers over eighty activities designed to complement the standard curriculum. Students read, write, sing, role-play, draw, and discuss their way through a process that helps them acquire the concrete cooperative and conflict resolution skills needed to become caring and socially responsible citizens. 249 pages.
BK-SI.jpg Book: The Spitting Image
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Myth, Memory, and the Legacy of Vietnam. By Jerry Lembcke. 216 pages.

"The image is ingrained: A Vietnam veteran, arriving home from the war, gets off a plane only to be greeted by an angry mob of antiwar protesters yelling, 'Murderer!' and 'Baby killer!' Then out of the crowd comes someone who spits in the veteran's face. The only problem, according to Jerry Lembcke, is that no such incident ever has been documented. It is instead, says Lembcke, a kind of urban myth that reflects our lingering national confusion over the war." --Los Angeles Times

Lembcke builds a compelling case against collective memory by demonstrating that rememberances of Vietnam were almost at direct odds with circumstantial evidence." --San Francisco Chronicle

"The myth of the spat-upon veteran is not only bad history, but it has been instrumental in selling the American public on bad policy." --Maurice Isserman, Chicago Tribune

bk-truhst.gif Book: Telling the Truth about History
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Appleby, Lyn Hunt & Margaret Jacob. "A wise and moderate book. The authors, all distinguished historians, speak with confidence about the value of both the historian's traditional craft and modern criticism of it. Their sane and readable discussion should give hope to [those] who...believe in the possibility--even the pleasure--of writing history." - Caroline Walker Bynum
BK-SSWR.jpg Book: Sophie Scholl & The White Rose
– Jud Newborn & Annette Dumbach • 256 pages • 2006 • 7 COPIES AVAILABLE • This book is OUT-OF-PRINT.
"Nothing is so unworthy of a civilized nation as allowing itself to be governed, without opposition, by an irresponsible clique that has yielded to base instinct." So wrote the White Rose, a group of ardent young activists inside Nazi Germany who opposed the reign of fascism in their country during the early 1940's.
• "The animated narrative reads like a suspense novel." – N.Y. Times
• "Inspiring - and could not be more timely." – Studs Terkel
• "Superbly written" – Library Journal
• "Heart-wrenching and inspiring...a story few readers will forget." – San Francisco Chronicle
• "Could change your life forever." – Dayton (Ohio) Daily News
• "A must for anyone – especially young people – to read." – Evelyn Rubin, author of Ghetto Shanghai
• "This is an impressive, highly readable and beautifully researched account of two brave German youths and their comrades who rejected Hitler's demonic vision and fought to open their countrymen's eyes to the horrors that lay ahead – at the cost of their lives ...This book drives home the high cost of courage in a world gone mad, and the brilliant light these brave young people shone into the dark night of Nazi Germany." – Susan Rubinowitz, political reporter, New York
Click on this link for a brief, powerful introductiion to Sopohie Scholl:

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BK-FHO.gif Book: Facing History and Ourselves: Holocaust and Human Behavior
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The Facing History and Ourselves Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to engage students of diverse backgrounds in an examination of racism, prejudice, and anti-semitism in order to promote the development of a more humane and informed citizenry. By tracing the historical roots of the events that led to the Holocaust and other examples of genocide, students make the essential connection between history and the moral choices they confront in their own lives. 576 pages.
bk-power politics.gif Book: Power Politics
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Novelist Arundhati Roy challenges the idea that only "experts" can speak out on such urgent matters as the glodbalization of the world economy, the privatization of India's power supply and other issues. This new edition contains Roy's brilliant essays written after September 11 attacks and our government's attacks on Afghanistan, "The Algebra of Infinite Justice" and "War is Peace." She takes us to the frontlines of struggles for social justice and a humane, democratic future. Softcover, 192 pages.
B-WT.jpg Book: War Talk
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by Arundhati Roy, the author of "The God of Small Things".

The eloquence, passion, and political insight of the author's political essays have added legions of readers to those already familiar with her Booker Prize-winning novel, "The God of Small Things." Roy's new essay collection, "War Talk," highlights the global rise of militarism and religous and racial violence. Against the backdrop of nuclear brinkmanship between India and Pakistan, the horrific massacre of Muslims in Gujarat, and U.S. demands for an ever-expanding war on terror, she calls into question the equation of nation and ethnicity.

bk-arab and jew.gif Book: Arab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land
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By David Shipler. This book was first written in 1986 and won a Pulitzer Prize. It was updated in 2002 . This book sheds light onto a very complicated situation. I read it before visiting Israel in 1988, during the first Intifada. At this point in history it helps to understand both sides of the conflict. Softcover, 656 pages.
BK-MO50.gif Book: MoveOn's 50 Ways to Love Your Country
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How to Find Your Political Voice and Become a Catalyst for Change

With section intros by Gail Sheehy and Nancy Pelosi, an inspiring collection of 50 call-to-action essays from MoveOn members around the country.

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bk-between memory.gif Book: Between Memory & Desire: The Middle East in a Troubled Age
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By R. Stephen Humphreys. From medieval, to contemporary Middle East history, this book explains religious and secular politics of the Middle East. Its thoughtful analysis defines Islam's place and brings clarity to the ongoing struggle. Paperback, 319 pages, 2001.
BK-NNG.jpg Book: The No-Nonsense Guide to Globalization
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by Wayne Ellwood

Globalization: it's a buzzword you can't escape. But what on earth does it mean? For some it's the ticket to a democratic world of instant communications and global prosperity. While for others it's a money-mad juggernaut, spinning wildly out of control, threatening both cultural and biological diversity.

The complex entaglement of cultures and economies has been growing since the colonial era and even before. So today commercial culture and the Western consumer model have seeped into every corner of the globe while gapes in wealth, food security and social provision continue to grow. (taken from back cover)

BK-WOMAN.jpg Book: Womankind: Faces of Change Around the World
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text by Donna Nebenzahl, photographs by Nance Ackerman

"Womankind" shows us incredible individuals who are making a difference to others. Some of them are feminists, writers, artists; some of them are businesswomen, midwives or farmers; all of them are activists who are changing others' lives. Whether they are world-renowned or spring from grassroots organizations, all are justly celebratd in their own communities.

BK-YBTA.jpg Book: You Back the Attack! We'll Bomb Who We Want!
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Remixed war propaganda posters by Micah Ian Wright. Using vintage World War II U.S. governemnt-issued War Department (yes, befor the euphemistic "Defense Department" was re-named after the war, it was more honestly called the War Dept.) posters, the author has updated them for the current war without end. The Appendix shows the original versions of the posters, as well Foreword by Kurt Vonnegut, introduction by Howard Zinn, and commentary by the Center for Constitutional Rights. 120 pages. Out-of-print, we have a few copies left.

(excerpt of Foreward)
"These antiwar posters by Micah Ian Wright are reminiscent in spirit of works by artists such as Kathe Kollwitz and George Grosz, during the 1920s."

bk-why u m.gif Book: Why Unions Matter
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By Michael Yates. This book is an excellent introduction to the labor movement. It proves with irrefutable statistics and persuasive analysis that unionized workers get more pay and better benefits than employees who are not unionized. This book gives the history of the labor movement, basic understanding of issues, and its purpose and promise. Softcover, 180 pages.
Book: Uprooting Racism
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Learn how to stand up against racism. There's a long tradition of white people opposing racism, but there are also hundreds of excuses we give ourselves for not getting involved. Uprooting Racism is designed to help white people act on their conviction that racism is wrong. It is a supportive 'how-to' book for white people who are willing to work to end racism. Uprooting Racism talks about racism without rhetoric or attack. It helps us understand the dynamics of racism in our society, insitutions and daily live, and it shares stories, suggestions, advise, exercises and approaches for working together to fight racism. It includes specific consideration of Latino/a, Asian American, African American, Native American and Jewish issues. 243 pages.
BK-HZDE.jpg Book: Howard Zinn on Democratic Education
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by Howard Zinn with Donald Macedo. 213 pages.

This book describes what is missing from school textbooks and in classrooms--and how we can move beyond these deficiencies to improve student education. Critical skills of citizenship are insufficiently developed in schools, according to Zinn. Textbooks and curricula must be changed to go beyond merely reciting received wisdom, which is too common today in our schools. In these respects, recent Bush Administration education policies and those of most previous presidents have been on the wrong track in meeting educational needs.
This book seeks to redefine national goals at a time when public debates over deucation have never been more polaraized--nor higher in public visibility and contentiousness.


BK-WWT.gif Book: Why We Teach
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by Sonia Nieta

These teachers listen closely to their students. They share in their students' struggles and successes. They create a classroom climate that encourages growth, direction, and purpose. They help students develop into thoughtful, engaged citizens. The teachers in this book show us the kinds of learning that really matter, and the kinds of lessons that students can take with them for their entire lives.

BK-TM.gif Book: Teacher Man
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by Frank McCourt

In Teacher Man Frank turns his attention to the subject that he most often talks about in his lectures-teaching: why it's so important, why it's so undervalued. He describes his own coming of age-as a teacher, a storyteller, and, ultimately, a writer. He is alternately humble and mischievous, downtrodden and rebellious. He instinctively identifies with the underdog; his sympathies lie more with students than administrators. It takes him almost fifteen years to find his voice in the classroom, but what's clear in the thrilling pages of Teacher Man is that from the beginning he seizes and holds his students' attention by telling them memorable stories. And then it takes him another fifteen years to find his voice on the page.

With all the wit, charm, irreverence, and poignancy that made Angela's Ashes and 'Tis so universally beloved, Frank McCourt tells his most exhilarating story yet-how he became a writer.

BK-RM.jpg Book: Reaching Men
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Strategies for Preventing Sexist Attitudes, Behaviors, and Violence. By Rus Ervin Funk. 316 pages.

Sexist attitudes, behavior, and violence are not just women's issues; men must also join in the work if our society is to overcome them. Written in a clear, no-nonsense style, Reaching Men provides vital information and well-tested strategies that educators and advocates against sexism and violence can use to create effective men's programs. Among the topics this one-of-a-kind reference book addresses are sexual assault, rape, sexual harassment, pronography, prostitution, domestic violence, dating abuse, male and female victimization, and stalking.

BK-NN.gif Book: No Nukes
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By Anna Gyorgy & friends • 484 pages • 7" x 10" trade paperback

The classic 1980 definitive introduction to the issues around nuclear power. The book is out-of-print. Divided into sections containing multiple chapters on the following topics:

--What's a Nuke?

--The Economics of Nuclear Power

--Some Alternatives

--The Internal Story

--National Overview

bk-ros.gif Book: Rethinking Our Classrooms: Teaching for Equity and Justice
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Rethinking Our Classrooms begins where most school reforms never go, inside the classroom, this collection includes creative teaching ideas, compelling classroom narratives and hands-on examples of ways teachers can promote values of community, justice and equality and build academic skills. Nowhere is the connection between critical teaching and effective classroom practice made clearer or more accessible. 216 pages, 3rd revised and expanded edition.
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Book: 50 Facts That Should Change the World
By Jessica Williams In this book the BBC's Jessica Williams presents us with crucial information that is often missed, glossed over or hidden by the government and the media. 50 Facts That Should Change The World is simply presented with explanation and analysis backed by thorough references.
bk-adwar.gif Book: Addicted To War: Why The U.S. Can't Kick Militarism
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77 pages • 161 reference notes • 8.5" x 11" graphic format • Over 375,000 in print!
An illustrated expose by Joel Andreas, "Addicted to War" takes on the most active, powerful and destructive military in the world. Hard-hitting, carefully documented and heavily illustrated, it reveals why the United States has been involved in more wars in recent years than any other country.
The book reveals the terrible fact of the U.S.'s addiction to war and militarism, as well as powerful insights into the causes. In a format accessible to kids from nine to ninety-nine. Packed with historical photos and quotes, the book explains who benefits from our wars, who pays and who dies. Highly recommended from High school age and up. Donate a copy to your school and community library.

The book is endorsed by Veterans For Peace. This Third Edition has been updated in 2004 and 14 more pages have been added covering the war against Iraq. It has been translated into Japanese, Korean, Thai, Danish and German. A Spanish edition is also available from us. It is being used in hundreds of high schools and colleges as a supplemental U.S. history text. Watch a 4 minute video created from the first pages of the book.

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BK-AALG.jpg Book: Adicto a la Guerra [Espanol ed.]
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The same best-selling graphic history book, "Addicted To War" translated into Spanish. A must-read for Spanish-speaking recruitment-age youth.
bk-crhs.jpg Book: Conflict Resolution in the High School: 36 Lessons
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by Carol Miller Lieber. The lessons in this guide teach high school students the essential skills they'll need to manage and resolve interpersonal conflict in creative, positive ways. Along the way studenst will also explore diversity, power and prejudice as they continue to develop greater emotional and social skillfulness. 338 pages.
BK-PHS.jpg Book: A People's History of Sports in the United States: ...
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...250 Years of Politics, Protest, People, and Play

By David Zirin and various contributors • Hardcover • 320 Pages.

From the author Robert Lipsyte calls "the best young sportswriter in America," a rollicking, rebellious, myth-busting history of sports in America that puts politics in the ring with pop culture.

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BK-NVHDI.gif Nonviolence: The History of a Dangerous Idea By Mark Kurlansky
2006 • Paperback • 203 pages

New York Times bestselling author Mark Kurlansky discusses nonviolence as a distinct entity, a course of action, rather than a mere state of mind. Nonviolence can and should be a technique for overcoming social injustice and ending wars, he asserts, which is why it is the preferred method of those who speak truth to power.

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Book: Americans Who Tell The Truth
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painting by Robert Shetterly • 2009
Portraits of Amerticans past and presnt who have helped change the world for the better, with a page about each of them.

BK-TJJ.jpg Book: Teaching for Joy and Justice : Re-Imagining the Language Arts Classroom
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by Linda Christensen. Paperback.

Linda Christensen creates passionate curriculum, centered on the lives and voices of her students. In Teaching for Joy and Justice she shows us how her students come to celebrate their own writing, value themselves, and stand up for others. Writing is embedded in curriculum that matters, in discussion about big ideas, and in literature rich with the full range of human experience.

BK-DOD.jpg Book: The Design of Dissent
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by Milton Glaser & Mirko Ilic • forward by Tony Kushner • 11" x 9" • 240 pages
With a vibrant display of buttons, posters and leaflets that protest the Iraq war, the corporate media, the Israeli military and all points between, this book cuts a wide swath, indeed. Assembled by designer Glaser, best known for his " I [heart] NY" logo, and Ilic, a School of Visual Arts instructor and author of several books on design, the book bursts with compelling political designs from all over the world, but it lacks an overall direction and shape. Neither a deeply snoozeriffic foreword by playwright Tony Kushner nor a rambling interview of Glaser by the New York Times' Steven Heller give any clear indication of the books' overall purpose. Not that there aren't images here to make the skin crawl and the blood boil, including a photo montage of victims processed at a Khmer Rouge extermination facility, and silverware superimposed on either side of a cow collapsed in meat factory filth. The most fascinating section of the book focuses on conflicts in the former Yugoslavia, bringing the region's brutal recent history to life with a shocking immediacy and quiet rage. However, despite the book's striking and colorful individual parts, it comes across as a loosely organized compendium of leftist protest paraphernalia.

BK-LH.jpg Book: The Long Haul
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by Myles Horton • 1998 • 231 pages
In his own direct, modest, plain-spoken style, Myles Horton tells the story of the Highlander Folk School. A major catalyst for social change in the United States for more than sixty years, this school has touched the lives of so many people, Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Pete Seeger. Filled with disarmingly honest insight and gentle humor, this is an inspiring hymn to the possibility of social change.
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BK-LAH.jpg Book: Lend a Hand: Poems About Giving
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by John Frank, London Ladd
A collection of original poems centered on giving and spontaneous acts of kindness, which also incorporate larger themes of community, intergenerational relationships, young mentors, and care for the environment. Acts of kindness happen every day, but often go unnoticed with the exception of the giver and receiver. In this book, every day acts of kindness are celebrated in a special way for the reader of this delightful book to see. Each page contains an anecdote about kindness in some capacity whether it is about training a service dog, a group of girl scouts serving the community by picking up trash, a young man helping an old man on a bus, a student sharing a sandwich with a classmate, and many more inspiring examples.

Book: Button Power Book: Button Power - 125 Years of Saying Its With Buttons
Published October 2020 • Full Color • by Christen Carter (founder/operator of Busy Beaver Buttons) & Ted Hake (esteemed elder button collector /dealer)
From the campaign trail to the rock tour, Button Power collects a people's history of American culture told through the pin-back button. Lively commentary from two of America's foremost button experts shows how the small but powerful button reveals the events and movements that outraged, amused, and inspired us over time, from the solo flight of Charles Lindbergh to the Black Power movement. There are even some of our Donnelly/Colt buttons among the 1,500 buttons shown in the book.
Artists, athletes, actors, politicians, punk and pop musicians, and mascots of the past 125 years make cameos, including Rube Goldberg, Muhammad Ali, the Ramones, Shirley Chisholm, Maratona the Snake Handler, and Ray Stevens, singer of "The Streak." The first book of its kind, Button Power is a rich visual feast. Each colorful spread chronicles defining moments in history through colorful photographs and artifacts. This collection will be an essential pick for fans of pop culture, visual culture, and design.

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2007 WRL  Screenpeace Desk Calendar Cove.jpeg Book: Screenpeace - An Anti-War Film Festival
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Spiral-bound • 5.25" x 8.5" •72 pages • Introduction by John Sayles
Edited by Judith Pasternak & Gloria Williams • Published by the War Resisters League, New York, 2007.
Originally published as the 2007 annual desk appointment calendar with the theme of anti-war films, with the calendar pages removed, it is a 72-page reference guide to anti-war films made since the previous "Films For Peace & Justice" (1987) desk calendar and film guide.
From Director John Sayles' Foreword:
"Movies, since their inception, have been a vital part of the cultural conversation. Some of the earliest "'moving pictures' with stories were battle scenes of the Philippine-American War presented by Thomas Edison's Biograph Company. That the footage had been staged in New Jersey with African-Americans standing in as Filipino soldiers was apparently less important to audiences of the day than the novelty, action, and patriotic fervor displayed within these one-minute 'views.'
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