Chapters in American history that are left out of our children’s textbooks……
Parents it’s our job to fill in the missing gaps and there are so many missing chapters.
Here are two books to help you.
1. Who built the White House?
“Brick by Brick” gives the answer
“Coretta Scott King Award-winners Charles R. Smith Jr. and Floyd Cooper deliver the compelling story behind the building of the White House a powerful part of history rarely taught. The home of our president was built by many hands several of them slaves’ who undertook this amazing achievement long before there were machines to do those same jobs. With an insightful author’s note and a list of selected resources this book supports the Common Core State Standards.
Stirring and emotional Cooper’s stunning illustrations bring to life the faces of those who endured hard brutal work when the profit of their labor was paid to the master not the slave. The fact that many were able to purchase their freedom after earning money from learning a trade speaks to the strength of those individuals. They created this iconic emblem of America brick by brick.” – publisher
2. Who built Tuskegee Institute?
“With Books & Bricks: How Booker T. Washington Built a School” gives the answer.
“Booker T. Washington had an incredible passion for learning. Born a slave he taught himself to read. When the Civil War ended Booker finally fulfilled his dream of attending school. After graduation he was invited to teach in Tuskegee Alabama. Finding many eager students but no school Booker set out to build his own school–brick by brick. An afterword gives detailed information on how the school was built.” – publisher
Reading level – 3.