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Although the Iron Curtain has fallen and totalitarianism and Communism are being replaced with democratic governments, human rights abuses continue. The ethnic cleansing of Bosnian Muslims and Croats by the Christian Serbs is a prime example of present-day violations. The study of past genocides such as the Armenian genocide of 1915-1917, the persecution of Kampucheans by the Khmer Rouge from 1975 to 1979, and the persecution of Ugandan Asians and members of the Acholi and Lango tribes from 1976 through 1978, provides a historical perspective for current situations. Using literature to study historical events is a means of personalizing these events for students. The result of the study is an annotated bibliography The researcher read seven books on the Armenian genocide, thirteen on the Kampuchean genocide, and five on the Ugandan genocide. Each book was tested for the inclusion of three objectives that met those stated in the Model Curriculum for Human Rights and Genocide (1987). Objective one, a study of the record of oppression, was found in all 25 books that were analyzed. Objective two, a study of the governmental means to prohibit abuses, was evident in 71.4 percent of the Books on Armenia, 76.9 percent of the works on Kampuchea, and 80 percent of the books on Uganda. Objective three, the encouragement of democratic values and attitudes, was found in 57.1 percent of the books on Armenia, 61.5 percent of those on Kampuchea, and 40 percent of the books on Uganda. Each work was also tested for the inclusion of at least three of the following eight content areas, including the way of life prior to, during, and following the mass murder, how and why the group became the victim, a description of heroic attempts to prevent the genocide, and the impact that the genocide has had on survivors and subsequent generations of the persecuted group. All 25 books that were analyzed contained at least three content areas.

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Degree Name

Master of Arts


Department of Curriculum and Instruction


Division of School Library Studies

First Advisor

Leah Hiland


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