Literary texts

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)

What is McCarthyism? And how did it happen?

Full lesson linked below.