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Ms. C. from Des Moines WA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

India Rising: From Colonization to Independence and Democracy

My students need 28 new titles about India, including Contemporary India: The Basics, Mahatma Gandhi: Fighting for Indian Independence, and An Era of Darkness: The British Empire in India.

  • $725 goal

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My Students

Our school library strives to meet the needs and interests of our student body--a melting pot of ethnicity, culture, language, academic level, orientation, economic status--by providing students with books they can relate to or that move them.

As a semi-urban school in the outskirts of a major metropolitan area in Washington State, we reflect a microcosm of the world around us.

We have a high poverty rate with around 60% of our students receiving free or reduced lunch. Represented are more than a dozen languages and cultures, from Somalia to Mexico, Albania to Vietnam, we welcome immigrants and "locals" alike. The diversity in cultures is matched by our diverse academic needs ranging from IB diploma seekers to those who need support with reading, math or science.

My Project

Understanding the struggles of those in the past can guide the struggles of the present. India's fight for independence from British rule from the 19th to mid-20th century, and its striving for democracy and social change afterward, can teach us about resistance and persistence in the face of subjugation and injustice. Yet, our library has an embarrassing lack of relevant books on India and key sub-topics.

My intent is to provide a variety of materials that cover particular points of India's history during the past 300 years that have shaped this nation into its contemporary form.

These include British colonization and rulership under the Raj, Gandhi and the fight for Indian independence, and finally, its contemporary struggles with partition, attempts at eliminating its caste system and its striving for democracy.

Since I've had students request such materials in the past, I am certain that they will be accessed and used, particularly by our IB students who often independently explore global issues such as colonization, empire, political independence and social and political movements. These books would add a much needed perspective on these topics.

Ms. C.
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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The British Empire 1558-1995 (Short Oxford History of the Modern World) • Amazon Business $64.30 1 $64.30
Mahatma Gandhi: Fighting for Indian Independence (Rebels With a Cause) • Amazon Business $37.27 1 $37.27
The Decline of the Mughal Empire (Debates in Indian History and Society) • Amazon Business $34.51 1 $34.51
The Last Mughal: The Fall of a Dynasty: Delhi, 1857 • Amazon Business $14.23 2 $28.46
Selling Empire: India in the Making of Britain and America, 1600-1830 (Published by the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture and the University of North Carolina Press) • Amazon Business $28.16 1 $28.16
Mutiny: 1857-Authentic Voices from the Indian Mutiny-First Hand Accounts of Battles, Sieges and Personal Hardships • Amazon Business $25.28 1 $25.28
Contemporary India: The Basics • Amazon Business $24.95 1 $24.95
India: Brief History of a Civilization • Amazon Business $21.32 1 $21.32
Defining a Nation: India on the Eve of Independence, 1945 (Reacting to the Past) • Amazon Business $20.98 1 $20.98
Farthest Field: An Indian Story of the Second World War • Amazon Business $19.52 1 $19.52
The East India Company, 1600–1858: A Short History with Documents (Passages: Key Moments in History) • Amazon Business $18.00 1 $18.00
India: From Midnight to the Millennium and Beyond • Amazon Business $16.95 1 $16.95
An Era of Darkness: The British Empire in India • Amazon Business $16.87 1 $16.87
The Indian Mutiny 1857–58 (Essential Histories) • Amazon Business $16.85 1 $16.85
India: A History. Revised and Updated • Amazon Business $15.88 1 $15.88
Girls Burn Brighter: A Novel • Amazon Business $15.59 1 $15.59
Shameful Flight: The Last Years of the British Empire in India • Amazon Business $14.36 1 $14.36
A Short History of the Mughal Empire (I.B.Tauris Short Histories) • Amazon Business $14.29 1 $14.29
Churchill's Secret War: The British Empire and the Ravaging of India during World War II • Amazon Business $13.86 1 $13.86
Gandhi: An Autobiography - The Story of My Experiments With Truth • Amazon Business $13.34 1 $13.34
India After Gandhi: The History of the World's Largest Democracy • Amazon Business $12.82 1 $12.82
Gandhi Before India • Amazon Business $11.67 1 $11.67
The Politically Incorrect Guide to the British Empire (The Politically Incorrect Guides) • Amazon Business $11.08 1 $11.08
Gandhi & Churchill: The Epic Rivalry that Destroyed an Empire and Forged Our Age • Amazon Business $9.60 1 $9.60
Indira Gandhi: The Story of a Leader • Amazon Business $9.24 1 $9.24
Midnight's Furies: The Deadly Legacy of India's Partition • Amazon Business $6.50 1 $6.50
Castes in India: Their Mechanism, Genesis and Development • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Gandhi: His Life and Message for the World (Signet Classics) • Amazon Business $4.02 1 $4.02

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