Books for the Social Studies Classroom

By Kaitlyn Spotts | September 26 2023 | GeneralConferencesSocial Studies

Check out these new and essential books for the Social Studies classroom. Click through each title to see a description, read an excerpt, and download educator resources.

Voices of a People's History of the United States in the 21st Century
Documents of Hope and Resistance
The social movements of the first two decades of the 21st century come to life for the first time in a comprehensive volume of inspired documentation of activism, protest, and social change.
$24.95 US
May 09, 2023
448 Pages
Seven Stories Press

Founding Partisans
Hamilton, Madison, Jefferson, Adams and the Brawling Birth of American Politics
From bestselling historian and Pulitzer Prize finalist H.W. Brands, a revelatory history of the shocking emergence of vicious political division at the birth of the United States.
$32.50 US
Nov 07, 2023
464 Pages

Asian American Histories of the United States
“An essential and illuminating resource.” —BooklistAn inclusive and landmark history, emphasizing how essential Asian American experiences are to any understanding of US history
$18.95 US
Apr 25, 2023
240 Pages
Beacon Press

Poverty, by America
The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Evicted reimagines the debate on poverty, making a “provocative and compelling” (NPR) argument about why it persists in America: because the rest of us benefit from it.
$28.00 US
Mar 21, 2023
304 Pages

A Fever in the Heartland
The Ku Klux Klan's Plot to Take Over America, and the Woman Who Stopped Them
"With meticulous detective work, Timothy Egan shines a light on one of the most sinister chapters in American history—how a viciously racist movement, led by a murderous conman, rose to power in the early twentieth century. A Fever in the Heartland is compelling, powerful, and profoundly resonant today." -- David Grann, author of THE WAGER and KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOONA historical thriller by the Pulitzer and National Book Award-winning author that tells the riveting story of the Klan's rise to power in the 1920s, the cunning con man who drove that rise, and the woman who stopped them.
$30.00 US
Apr 04, 2023
432 Pages

The Wager
A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny and Murder
The Wager is a page-turning story of shipwreck, survival, and savagery, culminating in a court martial that reveals a shocking truth. The powerful narrative reveals the deeper meaning of the events on The Wager, showing that it was not only the captain and crew who ended up on trial, but the very idea of empire.
$30.00 US
Apr 18, 2023
352 Pages

Stamped from the Beginning
A Graphic History of Racist Ideas in America
A striking graphic novel edition of the National Book Award-winning history of how racist ideas have shaped American life—from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of How to Be an Antiracist.
$29.99 US
Jun 06, 2023
288 Pages
Ten Speed Graphic