Campaigns

Like many Zinn Education Project materials, our campaigns take aim at an area of history that is often one-sided, problematic, or misrepresented in corporate textbooks and popular narratives. We aim to challenge these histories with one that takes a grassroots perspective, emphasizing the role of ordinary people in fighting for justice and the relevance these stories have for struggles today. Our campaigns are areas of history where we have a dedicated organizational focus on shifting popular consciousness and historical memory. We hope to encourage school districts, teachers, and students to rethink and take action around the way these areas are taught and remembered in classrooms and communities.

 

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Teach Reconstruction

Reconstruction, the era immediately following the Civil War and emancipation, is full of stories that help us see the possibility of a future defined by racial equity. Yet the possibilities and achievements of this era are too often overshadowed by the violent white supremacist backlash.

We offer lessons for middle and high school, a student campaign to make Reconstruction history visible in their communities, and an annotated list of recommended teaching guides, student-friendly books, primary document collections, and films. Read more.

Abolish Columbus Day | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History

Abolish Columbus Day

It is time to stop celebrating the crimes of Columbus and stand in solidarity with the Indigenous people who demand an end to Columbus Day. Instead of glorifying a person who enslaved and murdered people, destroyed cultures, and terrorized those who challenged his rule, we seek to honor these communities demanding sovereignty, recognition, and rights. We encourage schools to petition their administration and for communities to introduce legislation to rename Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day. We provide information and resources to join the campaign to Abolish Columbus Day. Read more.