World War I: 1910 - 1919

Lawrence, 1912: The Singing Strike

Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow and Norm Diamond. Role play on the 1912 Bread and Roses strike in Lawrence, Mass.
Time Periods: 20th Century, World War I: 1910 - 1919
Themes: Art & Music, Immigration, Labor, Organizing, Women's History
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Testing, Tracking, and Toeing the Line: A Role Play on the Origins of the Modern High School (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History

Testing, Tracking, and Toeing the Line: A Role Play on the Origins of the Modern High School

Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow. Rethinking Schools. A role play on the origins of the modern high school allows students to question aspects of schooling they often take for granted, such as tracking (“ability grouping”) and standardized testing — and to reflect on the racial biases of these so-called reforms.
Time Periods: 20th Century, World War I: 1910 - 1919
Themes: African American, Democracy & Citizenship, Education, Immigration, Racism & Racial Identity, Social Class
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“Riots,” Racism, and the Police: Students Explore a Century of Police Conduct and Racial Violence

Teaching Activity. By Ursula Wolfe-Rocca. Students explore three documents produced in the wake of three major episodes of racial violence (1919, 1967, 2014) to understand the long trajectory of police violence in Black communities.
Time Periods: 20th Century, World War I: 1910 - 1919, Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, 21st Century, 2001 - Present
Themes: African American, Criminal Justice & Incarceration, Laws & Citizen Rights, Racism & Racial Identity
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Labor Matters

Teaching Activity. By Teaching Tolerance. Introduces students to the role of the labor movement in securing contemporary benefits such as the 40-hour work week, the minimum wage, and workplace safety regulations.
Time Periods: 20th Century, Turn of the Century: 1900 - 1909, World War I: 1910 - 1919, Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944
Themes: Labor, Laws & Citizen Rights, Organizing
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Protesting the First World War

Teaching Activity. By Colby Smart. Questions and teaching ideas for Chapter 14 of Voices of a People's History of the United States on anti-war efforts during the first World War, as well as the U.S. government's response.
Time Periods: 20th Century, World War I: 1910 - 1919, Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944
Themes: Wars & Related Anti-War Movements
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Socialists and Wobblies

Teaching Activity. By Gayle Olson-Raymer. Questions and teaching ideas for Chapter 13 of Voices of a People's History of the United States on the labor movement at the turn of the century.
Time Periods: 20th Century, Turn of the Century: 1900 - 1909, World War I: 1910 - 1919
Themes: Democracy & Citizenship, Immigration, Labor
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The Bonus Army

Article. By Mickey Z. History of the 1932 Bonus Expeditionary Force (BEF) or Bonus Army.
Time Periods: 20th Century, World War I: 1910 - 1919
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The Truth About Helen Keller

Article. By Ruth Shagoury. A review of children's picture books about the life of Helen Keller reveals the omission of any description of her active role in key social movements of the 20th century.
Time Periods: 20th Century, World War I: 1910 - 1919
Themes: Disability, Education, Women's History
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1919

Book — Non-fiction. By Eve L. Ewing. 96 pages. 2019. Poetic reflections on the Chicago Race Riots of 1919 — part of 'Red Summer' — in a history told through Ewing's speculative and Afrofuturist lenses.
Time Periods: 20th Century, World War I: 1910 - 1919, Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944
Themes: African American, Art & Music, Racism & Racial Identity
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Angel Island: Gateway to Gold Mountain

Book - Non-fiction. By Russell Freedman. 2014. An account of Angel Island, California, the entry point for one million Asian immigrants in the early 20th century.
Time Periods: 20th Century, World War I: 1910 - 1919, Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944
Themes: Asian American, Immigration
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Ballad of an American: A Graphic Biography of Paul Robeson

Book - Non-fiction. Written and illustrated by Sharon Rudahl. Edited by Paul Buhle and Lawrence Ware. 2020. 142 pages. The first-ever graphic biography of Paul Robeson charts Robeson’s career as a singer, actor, scholar, athlete, and activist who achieved global fame.
Time Periods: 20th Century, Turn of the Century: 1900 - 1909, World War I: 1910 - 1919, Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944, Cold War: 1945 - 1960
Themes: African American, Art & Music, Sports, US Foreign Policy, World History/Global Studies
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Helen Keller: Rebellious Spirit

Book - Non-fiction. By Laurie Lawlor. 2001. A biography that sheds light on Helen Keller as rebel and activist.
Time Periods: 20th Century, World War I: 1910 - 1919, Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944
Themes: Women's History
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Lawrence and the 1912 Bread and Roses Strike

Book - Non-fiction. By Robert Forrant and Susan Grabski. 2013. Images, documents, and quotes tell the story of the 1912 landmark strike.
Time Periods: 20th Century, World War I: 1910 - 1919
Themes: Labor, Organizing
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My Fathers Bonus March

My Father’s Bonus March

Book – Non-fiction. By Adam Langer. 2009. A memoir centered around the Bonus March of 1932, the demonstration of 20,000 World War I veterans demanding compensation.
Time Periods: 20th Century, World War I: 1910 - 1919
Themes: Labor
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