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Choosing to Participate:Facing History and Ourselves
Booklists for Adults

Common Ground:  A Turbulent Decade in the Lives of Three American Families
J. Anthony Lukas, 1985
A revealing study that follow three Boston families -- Yankee, Irish, and Black -- through the turmoil of school integration in the early 1970s.  The book raises questions of race, class and politics.

The Community Activist's Handbook: A Guide to Organizing, Financing, and Publicizing Community Campaigns
John Huenefeld, 1970
A handbook for grassroots leaders working for social change.

From Little Rock to Boston: The History of Desegregation
George R. Metcalf, 1983
A social and political history of the integration struggles across the nation.

Rescuers: Portraits of Moral Courage
Gay Black & Malka Drucker, 1992
A collection of memoirs, interviews and photos honoring men and women who helped save Jews during the Holocaust.

Schindler's List
Thomas Keneally, 1993
A novel based on the true story of Oskar Schindler, who saved over 1,000 Jews during World War II.

Simple Things You Can Do To Make a Difference in Greater Boston
Author unknown, 1996
Opportunities for participation in Greater Boston communities.

Some Do Care: Contemporary Lives of Moral Commitment
Anne Colby, 1992
A look into the lives of 23 Americans who have provided exemplary moral leadership in their communities.  They have worked in such areas as civil rights, poverty, and peace.

Stand Up and Be Counted: The Volunteer Resource Book
Judy Knipe, 1992
A list of volunteer opportunities across the United States.

To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee, 1960
The classic novel about race, mythology and conscience in a small Alabama town.    Told through the eyes of a nine-year-old girl.

Compiled by Joanne Goodman, Owen Miller, Tracy O'Brien, Amy Priebe, Cate Shier and Georgia Titonis, Boston Public Library and Facing History and Ourselves, 1998.  For more information about Facing History and Ourselves visit