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Five Years After the Levees Broke: Bearing Witness Through Poetry (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History

Five Years After the Levees Broke: Bearing Witness Through Poetry

Teaching Activity. By Renée Watson. 7 pages.
A teacher’s reflection on the power of poetry to spark critical discussion and reflection on current issues of inequality surrounding disaster response in the United States.

Time Periods: 21st Century, 2001 - Present
Themes: African American, Art & Music, Environment & Food, Language Arts, Laws & Citizen Rights, Media, Racism & Racial Identity
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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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Teaching the Vietnam War: Beyond the Headlines (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History

Teaching the Vietnam War: Beyond the Headlines

Teaching Activity. By the Zinn Education Project. 100 pages.
Eight lessons about the Vietnam War, Daniel Ellsberg, the Pentagon Papers, and whistleblowing.

Time Periods: 20th Century, Cold War: 1945 - 1960, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: Media, US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements, World History/Global Studies
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Rethinking Popular Culture and Media - 2nd Edition (Book) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History

Rethinking Popular Culture and Media

Teaching Guide. Edited by Elizabeth Marshall and Özlem Sensoy. 2011.
Collection of essays that offer strong critiques and practical teaching strategies about what is “popular” and the messages being communicated by mass media.

Themes: Media
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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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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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Shocking the Conscience: A Reporter’s Account of the Civil Rights Movement

Book – Non-fiction. By Simeon Booker with Carol McCabe Booker. 2013.
Chronicle by Simeon Booker, the first full-time African American reporter for the Washington Post and Jet magazine’s White House correspondent, covering half a century of major events that transformed the United States.

Time Periods: 20th Century
Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Media
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Catch a Tiger by the Toe

Book – Fiction. By Ellen Levine. 2005. 176 pages.
A historical novel for middle school on McCarthyism.

Time Periods: 20th Century, Cold War: 1945 - 1960
Themes: Democracy & Citizenship, Labor, Laws & Citizen Rights, Media
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Crow (Book) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History

Crow

Book – Fiction. By Barbara Wright. 2012.
Historical fiction about an Reconstruction era African American community violently robbed of its freedom and democracy in turn of the century North Carolina.

Time Periods: 19th Century, Reconstruction Period: 1865 - 1876
Themes: African American, Democracy & Citizenship, Laws & Citizen Rights, Media
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Milo's Museum (Book) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History

Milo’s Museum

Picture Book. By Zetta Elliott. Illustrated by Purple Wong. 2016. 36 pages.
A story that introduces young readers to the historic mis-representation (and absence) of people of color in museums and how to take action.

Time Periods: 21st Century, 2001 - Present
Themes: Media
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Most Dangerous Man in American (Film) | Zinn Education Project

The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers

Film. By Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith. 2009. 94 minutes.
The riveting story of how a Pentagon official risks life in prison by leaking 7,000 pages of a top secret report to the New York Times to help stop the Vietnam War.

Time Periods: 20th Century, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: Media, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements
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Not Just a Game: Power, Politics & American Sports

Film. By Dave Zirin and Jeremy Earp. 2010. 62 minutes.
A documentary based on the bestselling book A People’s History of Sports in the United States, Zirin demonstrates that American sports have long been at the center of some of the major political debates and struggles of our time. For 6th grade to adult.

Time Periods: 20th Century
Themes: African American, Media, Racism & Racial Identity, Sports, Women's History
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The War You Don’t See

Film. By John Pilger. 2010. 97 min.
Documentary on how the media has reported war, from the WWI to the present day.

Themes: Media, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements
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Medgar Evers

Profile. By Dernoral Davis.
Medgar Evers (July 2, 1925—June 12, 1963), Civil Rights Movement activist in Mississippi.

Time Periods: 20th Century, Cold War: 1945 - 1960, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: African American, Democracy & Citizenship, Media, Racism & Racial Identity
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Democracy Now! New Program | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History

Democracy Now!

Website and radio program.
Daily news radio program, hosted by Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez, with voices rarely heard in corporate media.

Time Periods: 21st Century, 2001 - Present
Themes: Labor, Media, Organizing, US Foreign Policy
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