English as a Second Language (ESL)
Advanced Level Non-fiction
Learning Resource Center Bibliography
Berrol, Selma Cantor. Growing Up American: Immigrant Children in America Then and Now. New York: Twayne Publishers, 1995.
E 184 A1 B429 1995
Beginning with immigrants arriving by sailing ship in the late seventeenth century and concluding with those entering by jet, by makeshift boat, or on foot today, the author examines the meaning of the immigrant experience for children. She writes about the journey, and initial settlement in America, education, the nature of work and of play, and the relationship with parents. She traces the course of many western and northern Europeans then examines the experience of most recent arrivals from Asia and the Caribbean. 102 pages.
Dobler, Lavinia & Edgar A. Toppin. Pioneers and Patriots: The Lives of Six Negros of the Revolutionary Era. New York: Zenith Books, 1965,
V E 185.96 D6
The book celebrates the lives of six Negroes who lived during the time of the American Revolutionary. One was a member of the Minutemen who served in Lexington and Concord; one founded the trading post that later became the city of Chicago,; one was a famous poet, one helped plan the city of Washington D.C.; one developed a shipping business and helped found a colony for American Negroes in Africa; and one was a famous educator. 115 pages.
Gore, Laura Locoul. Memories of the Old Plantation Home & A Creole Family Album. Vacherie, Lousisiana: The Zoe company, Inc. 2001.
F 377 S134 G67 2000
The book recounts the daily life and major events in the lives of four generations on a sugar plantation in Louisiana. The Creole world in Louisiana was very different from the Anglo world because it was founded in the French traditions and language. This fascinating book provides a unique view of plantation life, including short biographies of family members and family photographs. 166 pages
Graystone, Reverend Philip. Elizabeth Jackson of Rowley. Lampada Press, 1993.
F 74 R88 G73 1993
This story begins with emigration of Puritans from England to the colonies in 1638. Elizabeth was a child on that voyage and lived with like-minded Puritans in Massachusetts. She married in 1658 and moved to a neighboring settlement. There, she was caught up in the dreadful witch hunt hysteria of nearby Salem. She was arrested as a witch, was tried, condemned and executed in 1692. This tragic episode in American history has captivated readers for three hundred years. The story of Elizabeth Jackson makes it personal. 48 pages.
Greenberg, Judith. Newcomers to America: Stories of Today's Young Immigrants. New York: Franklin Watts, 1996.
E 184 A1 N425 1996
This book provides intriguing dramatic views of the recent American immigrant experience through interviews and conversations. Read about people from all over the world who struggled through learning the language and culture of their adopted land. 123 pages.
Kline, Susan. Fannie Lou Hamer. Chicago, Illinois: Women for Racial and Economic Equality, 1979.
E 185.97 H35 K58 1979
Fannie Lou Hamer was born in 1917. She was one of twenty children, the daughter of a sharecropper, granddaughter of a slave. She learned to read and write as a child and learned the values of hard work and honesty from her parents. In her adult life she participated in the Civil Rights movement in Mississippi. She was one of the first African Americans in Mississippi to register to vote. Her dedication and energy lead her to travel and speak out for justice and equality. 52 pages.
Murphy, Claire Rudolf, & Jane G. Haigh. Gold Rush Women. Anchorage, Alaska: Alaska Northwest Books, 1997.
F 1095 K5 M87 1997 c.2
When gold was discovered in Alaska in 1860, not only men went in search of their fortunes. Read profiles of women who participated in the gold rush to realize dreams of riches, independence, and opportunity. This interesting history includes pictures and maps.
National Japanese American Historical Society. Due Process: Americans of Japanese Ancestry and The United States Constitution. San Francisco, California: National Japanese American Historical Society, 1995.
E 184 J3 D83 1995
This book was prepared in conjunction with the Smithsonian bicentennial of the United States Constitution. It chronicles the history of Japanese immigration and discrimination in the United States and also highlights the major contributions of Japanese immigrants. The greater part of the book focuses on the Japanese Internment Camps and the resistance to that injustice. Moving photographs document this historical presentation. 99 pages.
Nhuong, Huynh Quang. The Land I Lost: Adventures of A Boy in Vietnam. New York: Harper Trophy, 1982.
DS 559.92 C46 H88 1982
The author recounts daily life in a small hamlet in Vietnam. He captures the tranquil, happy time before the war with stories of his grandparents, parents, and neighbors. He writes of the customs and rituals with tenderness and passion. The author now resides in the United States. 127 pages.
Randolph, Blythe. Charles Lindbergh. New York: Franklin Watts, 1990
TL 540 L5 R26 1990
Charles Lindgergh was once regarded as an American hero. In 1927, he became the first person to fly across the Atlantic Ocean. However, he became controversial as WWII approached because he was outspoken in his regard for the German government. His wife, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, was well known as a writer. This biography explores the life of this famous aviation figure. 155 pages.
Seagraves, Anne. Women Who Charmed The West. Hayden, Idaho: Wesanne Publications, 1991.
PN 2285 S38 1991
The women who charmed the west are all actresses who lived in the mid to late 1800's. These women were independent, highly successful, performers; each unique in her own way. In the days before film, each became world famous. Read about these exciting women, from Sarah Bernhardt to Annie Oakley. 174 pages.
Simonsen, Thordis, Ed. You May Plow Here: The Narrative of Sara Brooks. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1986.
V E 185.97 B82 A35 1986
This narrative was prepared and edited from taped interviews with Sara Brooks. It is funny, sad, packed with action and information about life in black Alabama in the decades before World War II. Sara recounts her struggles against and triumphs over racism and poverty. 222 pages
Standing Bear, Luther. My Indian Boyhood. Lincoln, Nebraska: University of Nebraska Press, 1931.
E 99 T34 S72 1988
Standing Bear describes with deep respect and tenderness the home life and education of Indian children in the 1860's. He writes about how he learned to make bows and arrows, how to catch an eagle, how animals are hunted and used. His portrayal of the Sioux tribe gives a clear picture of Indian life. 190 pages.
Thayer, Bonita E. Emily Dickinson. New York: Franklin Watts, 1989
PS 1541 Z5 T52 1989
Emily Dickinson, born in 1830, is one of the leading American poets. She loved words and left a wealth of poetry and letters to be published after her death. She was a strong, independent-minded woman with a deep abiding faith and an unquenchable thirst for truth and knowledge. This interesting biography traces her family life and intellectual interests. 144 pages.
Woods, Willis f. Lewis and Clark's America A Voyage of Discovery. Seattle, Washington: Seattle Art Museum, 1976.
V F 592.7 L715 v.1
This book includes an essay about the Lewis and Clark expedition, journals written during the expedition, maps, and photographs of paintings, Indian artifacts and drawings. It presents the world of the west in the early 1800's through the eyes of those brave explorers. 85 pages.
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