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Colonization: 1492 - 1764

The Color Line (Lesson) | Zinn Education Project

The Color Line

Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow. A lesson on the countless colonial laws enacted to create division and inequality based on race. This helps students understand the origins of racism in the United States and who benefits.
Time Periods: Colonization: 1492 - 1764, 18th Century
Themes: African American, Laws & Citizen Rights, Native American, Racism & Racial Identity, Slavery
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Reading Between the Lines: An Art Contest Helps Students Imagine the Lives of Runaway Slaves (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History

Reading Between the Lines: An Art Contest Helps Students Imagine the Lives of Runaway Slaves

Teaching Activity. By Thom Thacker and Michael A. Lord. 4 pages. An art contest is used as the basis from which students can examine primary historical documents (advertisements for runaway slaves) to gain a deeper understanding of the institution of slavery in the North.
Time Periods: Colonization: 1492 - 1764, 18th Century, Revolution & Constitution: 1765 - 1799, 19th Century, Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849, Civil War Era: 1850 - 1864
Themes: African American, Racism & Racial Identity, Slavery
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Bartolome de las Casas

Columbus and Las Casas

Teaching Activity. By Gayle Olson-Raymer. 15 pages. Questions and teaching ideas for Chapter 1 of Voices of a People's History of the United States on Columbus' arrival in the "New World," and the contrasting accounts of Bartolome de Las Casas and Eduardo Galeano.
Time Periods: Colonization: 1492 - 1764
Themes: Native American
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The First Slaves

Teaching Activity. By Gayle Olson-Raymer. Questions and teaching ideas for Chapter 2 of Voices of a People's History of the United States on early American slavery, resistance, and rebellion.
Time Periods: Colonization: 1492 - 1764, 19th Century, Civil War Era: 1850 - 1864
Themes: Racism & Racial Identity, Slavery
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Rethinking Columbus: The Next 500 Years (Teaching Guide) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History

Rethinking Columbus: The Next 500 Years

Teaching Guide. Edited by Bill Bigelow and Bob Peterson. 2003. Readings and lessons for grades 5 to 12 about the impact and legacy of the arrival of Columbus in the Americas.
Time Periods: Colonization: 1492 - 1764
Themes: Native American
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Servitude and Rebellion

Teaching Activity. By Gayle Olsen-Raymer. Questions and teaching ideas for Chapter 3 of Voices of a People's History of the United States on the role and dissent of indentured servants in American colonial history.
Time Periods: Colonization: 1492 - 1764, 18th Century, Revolution & Constitution: 1765 - 1799
Themes: Democracy & Citizenship, Immigration, Labor, Social Class
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Columbus: His Enterprise

Book - Non-fiction. By Hans Koning. Afterword by Bill Bigelow. 1976. A biography that gives a true account of Columbus’ life and voyages.
Time Periods: Colonization: 1492 - 1764
Themes: Imperialism
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Before Columbus: The Americas of 1491

Book - Non-fiction. By Charles C. Mann. 2009. An illustrated book for young readers based on 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus.
Time Periods: Colonization: 1492 - 1764
Themes: Native American
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Do All Indians Live in Tipis?

Book - Non-fiction. By National Museum of the American Indian. 2007. 256 pages. Introduction to Native American history and contemporary culture.
Time Periods: Colonization: 1492 - 1764, All US History
Themes: Education, Native American
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A Peoples History of the United States Book | Zinn Education Project

A People’s History of the United States: 1492 – Present

Books - Non-fiction. By Howard Zinn. 2005, with a new introduction by Anthony Arnove in 2015. 784 pages. Howard Zinn's groundbreaking work on U.S. history. This book details lives and facts rarely included in textbooks—an indispensable teacher and student resource.
Time Periods: Colonization: 1492 - 1764, Revolution & Constitution: 1765 - 1799, Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849, Civil War Era: 1850 - 1864, Reconstruction Period: 1865 - 1876, Industrial Revolution: 1877 - 1899, Turn of the Century: 1900 - 1909, World War I: 1910 - 1919, Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944, Cold War: 1945 - 1960, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, Post-Civil Rights Era: 1975 - 2000, 2001 - Present, All US History
Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Democracy & Citizenship, Economics, Education, Immigration, Imperialism, Labor, Laws & Citizen Rights, Native American, Organizing, Racism & Racial Identity, Slavery, Social Class, US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements, Women's History
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Slave Nation: How Slavery United the Colonies & Sparked the American Revolution

Book - Non-fiction. By Alfred Blumrosen and Ruth Blumrosen. 2006. A detailed account of the role slavery played in the Revolutionary War and the writing of the U.S. Constitution.
Time Periods: Colonization: 1492 - 1764, 18th Century, Revolution & Constitution: 1765 - 1799, 19th Century, Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849, Industrial Revolution: 1877 - 1899
Themes: Economics, Slavery
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Hurricane Dancers

Book - Fiction. By Margarita Engle. 2011. Historical fiction in the form of poetry about the conquest and resistance.
Time Periods: Colonization: 1492 - 1764
Themes: Latino, Native American, Racism & Racial Identity, Slavery
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