The Fall of Rome: A Novel
The Fall of Rome, by Martha Southgate, is a must-read for all teenagers and teachers. Jerome Washington is an African American Latin teacher at Chelsea, an all boys boarding school that is mainly Caucasian. Rashid Bryson, from New York City, is one of the few African American students at Chelsea. He registers for Latin class thinking Mr. Washington would be his ally. Rashid soon learns that the challenges at this school might be too much to bear, and that race is unfortunately a factor in how some people judge him, even Mr. Washington.
This novel challenges individuals to look honestly at their beliefs about race and class and encourages teachers to think twice before they judge a student.