Us and Them: A History of Intolerance in America
Oxford University Press, USA, Apr 8, 1999 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 131 pages
The history of intolerance in the United States begins in colonial times. Discrimination on the basis of religion, race, and sexual orientation have been characteristic of our society for more than three centuries. "Us and Them" illuminates these dark corners of our nation's past and traces its ongoing efforts to live up to its ideals.
Through 14 case studies, using original documents, historical photos, newly commissioned paintings, and dramatic narratives, readers begin to understand the history and psychology of intolerance as they witness firsthand the struggles that have shaped our collective identity.
We read about Mary Dyer, who was executed for her Quaker faith in Boston in 1660. We learn how the Mormons were expelled from Missouri in 1838. The attack on Chinese miners in Rock Spring, Wyoming in 1885, the battle of Wounded Knee in 1890, the activities of the Ku Klux Klan in Mobile, Alabama in 1981, and the Crown Heights riot in New York in 1991--all are presented in clear and powerful narrative that brings to life history that is often forgotten or slighted.
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All middle school classrooms should have a copy of this book on it's shelves. It's hard to find books that tackles religion, exile, freedom, and racial extermination (among other topics) in middle ... Read full review
This book outlines historical figures and events and their connection to racism, prejudice, and other kinds of intolerance. This book introduces influential and historical figures as well as the challenges they faced in overcoming intolerance in American History. This is a great book to create a timeline and an organized perspective on historical events pertaining to racism and prejudice.
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