Literature is an important resource for understanding social studies. Though social and historical articles can provide context and analysis, it is stories – both real and fictional – that can best convey personal insight and experience.
We have provided several such stories as well as a number of poems throughout the book. They act as windows into the worlds we are describing:
- Chicago (Carl Sandburg)
- The Crucible (Arthur Miller)
- Ambush (Tim O'Brien)
- Names/Nomres (Julia Alvarez)
- Ghazal: America the Beautiful (Alicia Ostriker)