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Attica Prison Uprising

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Overview with links to articles, books, primers, films, and websites about the Attica Prison Uprising for the classroom.

Time Periods: 20th Century, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
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Bob Herbert on Nelson Mandela: 1918–2013

Article. Bob Herbert. Jacobin Magazine. 2013.
A critique of the “feel good” and “sentimental stick figure” mis-representations of Nelson Mandela and Dr. King in mass media.

Time Periods: 21st Century, 2001 - Present
Themes: Media, Racism & Racial Identity
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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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Bound for the Rio Grande | Zinn Education Project

Bound for the Rio Grande: Traitors—Or Martyrs

Background Reading (PDF) and Song. Reading by Milton Meltzer and song by David Rovics. 1974. 4 pages and 5 min.
The story of the San Patricio Battalion, Irish-American soldiers who deserted the U.S. Army during the U.S.-Mexican War and fought on the side of the Mexicans.

Time Periods: 19th Century, Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849
Themes: Art & Music, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements
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The Export of Colors

Article. By Manlio Argueta. From Cuzcatlán, Donde bate la mar del sur.
An excerpt from a novel of historical fiction about the impact of an export economy on peasants in El Salvador.

Time Periods: 20th Century
Themes: Imperialism, Latino, Native American
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The First Decoration Day

Article. By David W. Blight. 2011.
The people’s history of Memorial Day.

Time Periods: 19th Century, Civil War Era: 1850 - 1864
Themes: Wars & Related Anti-War Movements
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Francis Scott Key Opposed “Land of the Free” | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History

Francis Scott Key Opposed “Land of the Free”

Article. By Jefferson Morley.
“Star-Spangled Banner” songwriter Francis Scott Key opposed abolitionists and free speech in his role as district attorney of the city of Washington.

Time Periods: Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849
Themes: African American, Democracy & Citizenship, Slavery
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Freedom Day in Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Article. By Howard Zinn. From Chapter 6 of You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train.
Zinn describes the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) voting rights campaign called Freedom Day in Hattiesburg, Miss.

Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Democracy & Citizenship
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The Green Feather Movement

Article. By Alison Kysia. 2013.
History of a little-known student resistance movement against McCarthyism and censorship.

Time Periods: 20th Century, Cold War: 1945 - 1960
Themes: Education
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Students Bring Reconstruction to Life 1 (Material) | Zinn Education Project

How My Students Brought Reconstruction to Life

Article. By Amy Trenkle.
One of the teachers who piloted the Make Reconstruction History Visible project with her students shares the process she used.

Time Periods: Reconstruction Period: 1865 - 1876
Themes: African American, Democracy & Citizenship, Racism & Racial Identity
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Introduction: The Life and Work of Howard Zinn

Article. By Robert J. Helfenbein and Rose A. Jackson. Indiana University. 2013.
Introduction to a special edition of “International Journal of Social Education” by scholars presenting and discussing perspectives on the important influences of Howard Zinn to education, history, and citizenship.

Themes: Education
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