In my research and writing, I use primary sources to help young learners make empathetic connections to people who made American history. When kids put themselves in historical contexts, they see how they might have acted then and be able to make a difference in their world today. I gather information through letters, journals, newspaper articles, interviews and public records to bring historical people out of being just names and dates in a period of history into living personalities with hopes, fears, motives, strengths and weaknesses.
My first book, Samuel Wilbert Tucker: The Story of a Civil Rights Trailblazer and the 1939 Alexandria Library Sit-In, tells of Tucker’s work to desegregate public schools and his role in the earliest-known organized sit-in advocating for equal access to a public library, a place of independent learning that should have been open to everyone. The book supports U.S. History 1865-present and is perfect for anyone who wants to know about little-known, significant historical events and the people who lived them.
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