Teaching Materials

Vietnam and Beyond: The Historic Resistance

Teaching Activity. By Mike Benbow and Robin Pickering. Questions and teaching ideas for Chapter 18 of Voices of a People's History of the United States on opposition to the Vietnam War.
Time Periods: 20th Century, Turn of the Century: 1900 - 1909, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: Imperialism, Social Class, US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements
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The War on Mexico

Teaching Activity. By Gayle Olson-Raymer. Questions and teaching ideas for Chapter 8 of Voices of a People's History of the United States on The Mexican-American War and domestic resistance to it.
Time Periods: 19th Century, Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849
Themes: Wars & Related Anti-War Movements
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Women, Gays, and Other Voices of Resistance

Teaching Activity. By Jack Bareilles. Questions and teaching ideas for Chapter 19 of Voices of a People's History of the United States on the emergence and legacy of the 1960s counterculture, as well as the movements it helped create.
Time Periods: 20th Century, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: Civil Rights Movements, Democracy & Citizenship, Laws & Citizen Rights, LGBTQ, Women's History
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World War II and McCarthyism

Teaching Activity. By Gayle Olson-Raymer. Questions and teaching ideas for Chapter 16 of Voices of a People's History of the United States on domestic opposition to the "good war" and the impact of McCarthyism.
Time Periods: 20th Century, Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944, Cold War: 1945 - 1960
Themes: Democracy & Citizenship, Laws & Citizen Rights, US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements
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From the Jazz Age to the Uprisings of the 1930s

Teaching Activity. By Gayle Olson-Raymer. 20 pages. Questions and teaching ideas for Chapter 15 of Voices of a People's History of the United States on the economic and social realities of the 1920s and 1930s, as well as the corresponding rise of unions and the Communist Party.
Time Periods: 20th Century, Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944
Themes: Labor, Social Class
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Attica Prison Uprising

Resource list. 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
Themes: Criminal Justice & Incarceration
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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: 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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Climate Change and School in a Yup’ik Fishing Village

Article. By Jill Howdyshell. The author describes how climate change is hitting Indigenous communities in Alaska much harder than other places in the world. And yet, administrators still insist that school discussions should focus on student test scores.
Time Periods: 21st Century, 2001 - Present
Themes: Climate Justice, Environment, Economics, Native American
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Climate Change, Gender, and Nuclear Bombs

Article. By Bill Bigelow. Rethinking Schools, Spring 2018. Gender is one of the crucial variables determining how the climate crisis affects us.
Time Periods: 20th Century, 21st Century
Themes: Climate Justice, Environment, Pacific Islander, Women's History
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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, Latinx, Native American
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The First Decoration Day

Article. By David W. Blight. 2011. The people's history of Memorial Day in Charleston, South Carolina during Reconstruction.
Time Periods: 19th Century, Civil War Era: 1850 - 1864
Themes: Reconstruction, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements
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