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Support for research on a variety of topics related to human rights: poverty, racial or gender discrimination, and disaster relief.
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Inequalities in USA

Inequity comparisons from state to state within US (or country to country), from serious to bizarre: Show Mapping

Inequity in health/life expectancy from city to city within the US: NYT article

Mismatch between dipping job earnings and soaring housing costs: Atlantic study

Changes to water access in California: NYT article

Interactive exploration of "relationship between freedom and confinement": The Knotted Line


Titles We Have

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People Who Said No - Laura Scandiffio
Call Number: 920 SCA
ISBN: 9781554513833
Publication Date: 2012-06-21
Examines the actions of individuals who did the right thing by breaking the rules, including a brother and sister who distributed antigovernment pamphlets in Nazi Germany, the man who helped develop but also spoke out against the nuclear bomb in Cold War Russia, and others.

Faubourg Treme - PBS
Call Number: VID 976.335 FAU
Publication Date: 2008
Video shot largely before Hurricane Katrina and edited afterwards by a filmmaker who becomes obsessed with the area's mysterious and neglected past, and the racial history of New Orleans.

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History Lessons - Dana Lindaman; Kyle Ward
Call Number: 973 LIN
ISBN: 1595580824
Publication Date: 2006-07-04
What students in other countries are taught about the U.S.

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With Their Eyes - Annie Thoms; Taresh Batra (Created by); Stuyvesant High School Students (Contribution by)
ISBN: 0060517182
Publication Date: 2011-08-23

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The Story of Human Rights
Call Number: VID 323 STO
ISBN: 1403175144

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Game Seven - Paul Volponi
Call Number: FIC Volponi
ISBN: 9780670785186
Publication Date: 2015-03-10
"A sixteen-year-old shortstop in Cuba who dreams of playing with the pros must choose between his country and his father who defected to the U.S."--Provided by publisher.
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A Thousand Times More Fair: What Shakespeare's Plays Teach Us About Social Justice - Kenji Yoshino
Call Number: ON ORDER
ISBN: 9780061769108
Publication Date: 2011-04-12


Human Rights ideas

For sources about discrimination, moral education, courage, or ethnocentrism, the following databases will be helpful to find articles:

SIRS Researcher provides excellent summaries of "Pro-Con" positions; for women's roles search for "gender roles" (ProQuest password required outside the building)

Gale Opposing Viewpoints in Context or go to Gale and choose both Student Resources and Student Edition, to search for "lookism" (Gale password required outside the building) 

ABC-Clio, choose the Issues database (ABC-Clio password required outside of the building)

To search for articles in daily newspapers, try ProQuest's Newstand - search for "acts of courage"

For more research options, you can return to the Online Resources page


Stand Up for Human Rights


  • Amnesty International: information about human rights activism around the world

  • Kostas Vaxevanis (search ProQuest Newstand) - arrested on 30 October 2012, for reporting a list of prominent Greeks who may have avoided paying taxes by hiding money in Swiss bank accounts

  • Kevin Curwick (search Google, as this has not been in print journalism yet) - Osseo H.S. football player who took a stand against cyberbullying at his school in 2012, by creating a Twitter feed to post "Nice Things".

  • Malala Yousafzai (SIRS Researcher, ProQuest Newstand) - Pakistani girl, shot by the Taliban in 2012 for speaking up about education for girls

  • Iqbal Masih - gunned down at 13, in 1995, for speaking out against using children as slave labor in Pakistani carpet factories

  • Antonio J. Mendez (or Tony Mendez) - CIA operative who risked an Iranian firing squad to resue American hostages in 1979

  • Rosa Parks - risked beatings or worse, to claim a seat in the previously "white" section of an Alabama bus in 1955

  • Harriet Tubman - risked prison or death to return to the slave-era southern U.S. to help other slaves escape to freedom


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