Us and Them: A History of Intolerance in America

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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

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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. 

Contents

Preface
2
Introduction
4
The Silencing of Mary Dyer
6
Blankets for the Dead
14
No Promised Land
22
Harriet Jacobs Owns Herself
31
In the City Of Brotherly Love
41
A Rumbling in the Mines
49
Untamed Border
76
A Town Called Rosewood
84
Home Was a Horse Stall
92
Nightriding with the Klan
103
A Rose for Charlie
113
Street Justice
120
Out of the Shadows
128
Further Reanding
129

Ghost Dance at Wounded Knee
59
The Ballad of Leo Frank
66

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Jim Carnes was born in Columbus, Mississippi, in 1955. After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he served as an editor with Encyclopaedia Britannica for eight years. He is currently a senior writer with the Teaching Tolerance project of the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Alabama.

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