I Have a Dream

  Biographies of People
  in Social Movements
  Contributed by
  Scott Jarzombek

Cook, Roy. Leaders of Labor. J. B. Lippincott Company, 1996 - Eleven essays, covering the lives and struggles of American Workers to organize and to gain the rights to a fair wage. As industry grew, so did the need for labor. Something needed to be put in place to ensure the workers for their fair share of the profits. The answer was labor organization. Labor unions were needed to bring workers together. These eleven men fought to unite workers towards a common cause.

Cox, Clinton. Fiery Vision: The Life and Death of John Brown. Scholastic Press, 1997 - John Brown is one of America's most controversial figures. He is painted as a zealot by many and as a hero by many more. This book chronicles Brown's upbringing, which brought about his passion to end slavery. It shows the transformation of a man who hoped to end slavery peacefully to a man willing to sacrifice his life for what he believed in.

Fereii, Keith. John Steinbeck: Voice of the land. New York: M. Evans and Company, 1986 - This is the biography of John Steinbeck, creator of American classics such as Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men. The book covers his life, from growing up in the Salinas valley to his covering of the Vietnam War. Steinbeck struggled to awaken America to its social problems. His writings caused great controversy at the time of his publications, but have stood the test of time.

Haskins, James. The Life and Death of Martin Luther King Jr. Lothrop, Lee & Sheperd Co., 1997 - This book is a comprehensive account of the life of the civil rights and spiritual leader Martin Luther King, Jr. It is also a source of information about the civil rights movement in the United States. This book follows King's early years growing up a pastor's son, to the controversy surrounding his assassination.

Price-Grof, Claire. Twentieth Century Women Political Leaders. New York: Facts on File, 1998 - This book covers 12 prominent women leaders in politics. Each woman has taken part in a significant movement or vocation that has had a global effect. Their actions have had a long lasting effect on the world around them. Each essay gives an in-depth view of its subject's life, covering their upbringing and how it has affected their lives.

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