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The Draft Riot Mystery

Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow.
Students are invited to solve a mystery, using historical clues, about the real story of the Draft Riots.

Time Periods: 19th Century, Civil War Era: 1850 - 1864
Themes: Democracy & Citizenship, Immigration, Racism & Racial Identity, Slavery, Social Class, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements
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The Homestead Strike

Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow and Norm Diamond. 10 pages.
This role play activity on the famous 1892 Homestead Strike, explores the possibility of solidarity among workers of very different backgrounds and at different levels in the workplace hierarchy.

Themes: Immigration, Labor, Organizing, Social Class
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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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Lewis Hine’s Photographs

Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow and Bob Peterson. 4 pages.
Using photographs to spark creative writing and critical thinking about child labor issues and social justice.

Time Periods: 19th Century, Industrial Revolution: 1877 - 1899, 20th Century, Turn of the Century: 1900 - 1909
Themes: Art & Music, Immigration, Labor, Media, Social Class
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One Country! One Language! One Flag! (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History

One Country! One Language! One Flag!

Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow. 3 pages.
Discussion questions and teaching ideas for examining the history of the Pledge of Allegiance and the political milieu in which it was written.

Time Periods: 20th Century, Turn of the Century: 1900 - 1909
Themes: Democracy & Citizenship, Education, Immigration
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The Other Internment: Teaching the Hidden Story of Japanese Latin Americans During WWII

Teaching Activity. By Moé Yonamine. 18 pages.
Poetry, photography, and text are used in this role play to teach about the seldom told history of Japanese Latin American internment during WWII.

Time Periods: 20th Century, Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944
Themes: Asian American, Civil Rights Movements, Democracy & Citizenship, Immigration, Laws & Citizen Rights, Racism & Racial Identity, US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements, World History/Global Studies
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Teaching Sacrifice Zones

Teaching Activity. By Rosemarie Frascella.
Our extractive fossil fuel-based economy has always demanded that some people’s homes and health be sacrificed for the benefit of more privileged and powerful others. This article explores how one teacher engages her students in thinking about how “sacrifice zones” play out in their lives.

Time Periods: 21st Century, 2001 - Present
Themes: Economics, Environment & Food, Immigration, Racism & Racial Identity, World History/Global Studies
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Caribbean Connections: Moving North (Teaching Guide) | Zinn Education Project

Caribbean Connections: Moving North

Teaching Guide. Edited by Catherine Sunshine and Keith Warner. 2005. 240 pages.
Literature and essays about Caribbean life in the United States.

Themes: Immigration, Latino, US Foreign Policy
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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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Lawrence, 1912: The Singing Strike (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History

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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101 Changemakers: Rebels and Radicals Who Changed US History

Book – Non-fiction. By Michele Bollinger and Dao Tran. 2012.
A collection of 101 brief and accessible profiles of rebels, radicals, and fighters for social justice.

Time Periods: All US History
Themes: African American, Asian American, Civil Rights Movements, Democracy & Citizenship, Disability, Immigration, Labor, Language Arts, Latino, LGBT, Media, Native American, Organizing, Pacific Islander, Racism & Racial Identity, Social Class, Women's History
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500 Years of Chicana Women’s History

Books – Non-fiction. By Elizabeth Martinez. 2007., 899 illustrations.
Stories and photos of Chicana/Mexican-American women in politics, labor, art, health, and more.

Time Periods: All US History
Themes: Civil Rights Movements, Immigration, Latino, Women's History
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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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Brother, I’m Dying

Book – Non-fiction. By Edwidge Danticat. 2008.
A gripping autobiographical book, about one Haitian woman’s experience as a young immigrant and her family’s struggle to survive in the United States while fearing for those they left behind.

Time Periods: 21st Century, 2001 - Present
Themes: Immigration
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