The editors of the fine new resource 101 Changemakers hope that
their brief profiles of rebels and radicals will “inspire more young
changemakers to shape their own history.” Too often, texts present
“great individuals” in a way that leaves readers feeling small by
comparison. “I could never do that,” is the message students can easily
take away. 101 Changemakers focuses on extraordinary
individuals, but in the context of the broader movements and events that
sparked and nurtured their activism. The editors feature the
famous—like John Brown, Rosa Parks, and Cesar Chavez—along with the less
celebrated—like Harry Hay Jr., Mary and Carrie Dann, and Constance
McMillen. Along with 500-word profiles, written by teachers and
activists across the country, selections include a timeline of the
changemaker’s life, provocative questions, and suggestions for further
research. Written for middle school students, but great for high school
— Rethinking Schools
In the great tradition of Howard Zinn, "101 Changemakers" offers a peoples history version of the individuals who have shaped our country for middle school students. In the place of founding fathers, presidents, and titans of industry, are profiles of those who courageously fought for social justice in America: Tecumseh, Harriet Tubman, Mark Twain, Cesar Chavez, Rachel Carson, Harvey Milk, Henry Wallace, and many more. "101 Changemakers" aims to provide young students with new ways of understanding how history is written and made.
About the Author
Michele Bollinger lives in Washington, DC where she teaches high school social studies.
Dao X. Tran is an editor based in the Bronx, New York. Dao is currently working on the Domestic Worker Oral History Project. When not reading for work and pleasure, she enjoys time with her daughter Quyen, a changemaker of a different sort.