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Extra Credit Reading List

We’re coming up on a long weekend here in the US. The new laptop just arrived (Yay!!!!) so I’m looking forward to really setting it up and jump right in. (Guess what my next post will be about?)

So I think we’re ready to start jumping in. If you’re interested, you can start reading through the survey questions we’ll be modeling. You can find them here: There should also be some samples of the answers here as well if you wanted to see what some of the answers are.

I have also decided to give myself “extra credit reading assignments.” If I’m going to do something based on history, I should brush up my knowledge on the subject. I’m not trying to be an expert or anything like that, but some of the details may come in handy.


So I’ve lined up a bunch of reading and viewing material, non-fiction and fiction for myself. I read a bunch of these books years ago – some as far back as high school – so I’m interested to see what I’ll think of them now. I have some new stuff on the list. I know there are a couple of other things that could be added so I’m sure I’ll add to the list along the way.

Here are a couple of things on my list to start:


Books that are also Movies or Mini-series:

  • Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell.
  • North & South by John Jakes. The TV movie had Patrick Swayze and won an Emmy.
  • Roots by Alex Haley. The recent remake is sitting on my TiVo but I may look up the original miniseries as well.
  • 12 Years a Slave by Solomon Northup


I stumbled across this link with a lot of good movies: If nothing else grabs you, Ken Burns’ The Civil War is listed here and sitting in my Netflix queue. Plus there are a couple of new movies coming out that are based during the Civil War too.


I found some recently published articles about modern day slavery that may be of interest:


So, what would you add to this list?



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