HS American history living book recommendations

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    I am planning a living-books-based American history class (high school) for our co-op.  I need about 10 living books to assign for the year, and I’m wondering what books stand out as your favorites, the not-to-miss ones.  We’ll be doing from about 1830 to present, so civil war, ww1, ww2, Vietnam, Korea, Great Depression, civil rights, golf war, 9-11, and all the stuff in between.  Most of the kids are not cm-ers so I want to hook them with some great books 😂!  What would be on your list? Thanks!


    Maybe Huckleberry Finn, The Red Badge of Courage, The Grapes of Wrath, books by Russell Freedman (i.e. The War to End All Wars or Angel Island).  My specialty is European history, but these are a few titles that come to mind.  Of course, there’s always William J. Bennett’s history series, if you’re looking for a spine text.


    Across Five Aprils (civil war border state not gorey but a “hard” book….ie bad idea to read a few days after you have a baby when your husband and kids are off doing a job; but I’m glad I read it and did enjoy it))

    Maybe The Hiding Place ( WW2 Jews check for the maturity of your students)

    I will look at my shelves and keep thinking…




    Sergeant York and the Great War – a favorite!

    Also,  The Yanks are Coming -the United States in the First World War, by Albert Marrin.

    Victory In The Pacific by Albert Marrin (World War II)

    Let’s Roll! by Lisa Beamer, wife of 9-11 hero Todd Beamer.      “9-11 United Flight 93, Todd Beamer didn’t plan to be a hero. But his last words became the rallying cry of a nation.”


    Oh, these suggestions are perfect (I love CM moms!) . . . some I have on my list already, but some are new to me, and I am ordering them right away – thank you all so much!

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