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Part 2: Remembering Heritage

Part 2

Remembering Heritage

Jewell Parker Rhodes

Block Party
Growing up in Pittsburgh


Get together with a partner and review this table of contents. Discuss which stories and poems you are most interested in reading and explain why. How do your choices compare? Which of the selections that you chose are the same? Are the reasons to read the selections similar or different?

William Saroyan

The Summer of the Beautiful White Horse
Two young boys have a summer of adventure.

Rudolfo Anaya

One Million Volumes
A speech that celebrates the power of words and books

Doris Kearns Goodwin

from Wait Till Next Year
A Brooklyn Dodgers fan's personal account of the 1955 World Series


Who's on First?
A classic vaudeville routine


A Look Back
Life in the 1950s

James Weldon Johnson

Lift Every Voice and Sing
A stirring call to freedom

Ellis Island Oral History Project

from I Was Dreaming to Come to America
Three immigrants recall arriving in the United States.

Woody Guthrie

This Land Is Your Land
A song of celebration from California to New York