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Selected Books by Russell Freedman

Primary source material and accessible, engaging narrative are hallmarks of Russell Freedman's work. Visit times past, meet luminaries of long ago, and sense how what is past is also very many in present times.

Quotable Quotes: The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go. -- Dr. Seuss

Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass: The Story Behind an American Friendship

By: Russell Freedman
Genre: Nonfiction, Biography
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Though different, Abraham Lincoln and formerly enslaved Frederick Douglass shared a great deal in common. Both came from poverty, achieved prominence; they developed camaraderie and a shared vision that changed a nation, all presented in this clear and accessible volume.

Angel Island: Gateway to Gold Mountain

By: Russell Freedman
Genre: Nonfiction
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

The East Coast had Ellis Island, comparable to the West Coast's Angel Island in the San Francisco Bay. There immigrants, primarily Chinese, entered the U.S. from about 1910 to 1940 where they stayed sometimes for long periods. Primary sources, both text and image, combine for a poignant portrait of the people and the period.

Because They Marched

By: Russell Freedman
Genre: Nonfiction
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Fifty years ago well-known civil rights leaders came together with other lesser known but key individuals in Selma, Alabama. Events leading to breaking down the barriers to voting rights for African Americans are detailed through strong images and moving, well-documented narrative.

Eleanor Roosevelt: A Life of Discovery

By: Russell Freedman
Genre: Nonfiction, Biography
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

From a shy child, Eleanor grew up to be an activist and a quietly powerful First Lady. Her life is chronicled in an understandable, well documented narrative complemented by an array of photographs. This is a solid companion to Freedman's biography of Eleanor's husband, Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Indian Chiefs

By: Russell Freedman
Genre: Nonfiction, Biography
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Powerful portraits of six Indian leaders of western tribes are presented in a handsome volume. Photographic portraits and other visuals from the period enhance the well-documented, highly readable biographies of well and lesser known chiefs.

Lincoln: A Photobiograhy

By: Russell Freedman
Genre: Nonfiction, Biography
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Abraham Lincoln comes to life as a leader, a husband and a father in this enthralling account of his life and the times in which he lived. Lincoln's writing and other primary sources are seamlessly incorporated along with telling photographs.

Martha Graham: A Dancer's Life

By: Russell Freedman
Genre: Nonfiction, Biography
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Martha Graham was tenacious; she was a dancer with a vision who left her mark on the modern American dance. Her life and art combine in this highly readable biography revealed through photographs and narrative which incorporates interviews with those who knew her.

The Voice That Challenged a Nation

By: Russell Freedman
Genre: Nonfiction, Biography
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

A Newbery Honor book that accounts the life and musical career of the great African American vocalist, Marion Anderson, in the context of the history of civil rights in the United States.

The War to End All Wars: World War I

By: Russell Freedman
Genre: Nonfiction
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

The First World War comes into gritty focus through battles fought and the world changes it brought about. Photographs and other primary source material make this a riveting, sophisticated look at an impactful period in world history.

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