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Five Myths About Reconstruction

Article. By James W. Loewen. 2015. Overview of five common fallacies that Americans still tell themselves about the Reconstruction era.
Time Periods: 19th Century
Themes: African American, Democracy & Citizenship, Racism & Racial Identity
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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 and Resistance
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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 First Vote

Freedom’s Unfinished Revolution: Teaching a People’s History of Reconstruction

Background Reading for Teachers. By Bill Bigelow. 4 pages. A review of Freedom's Unfinished Revolution, a collection of primary documents for high school on the Civil War and Reconstruction.
Time Periods: 19th Century, Reconstruction Period: 1865 - 1876
Themes: African American, Reconstruction, Laws & Citizen Rights, Racism & Racial Identity, Slavery and Resistance
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Globalization: A View from Below

Article in PDF. By Jean-Bertrand Aristide. 5 pages. An essay on the impact of globalization, with the story of Haiti as an example.
Time Periods: 20th Century
Themes: US Foreign Policy, World History/Global Studies
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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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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, Reconstruction, Democracy & Citizenship, Racism & Racial Identity
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Howard Zinn: Interview by Bill Moyers

Article. Interview of Howard Zinn by Bill Moyers. 2009. Book excerpt of Howard Zinn on The People Speak and a range of topics in U.S. history and contemporary issues.
Time Periods: All US History
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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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Our House Is on Fire — Time to Teach Climate Justice

Article. By Bill Bigelow. Rethinking Schools, Spring 2019. Rethinking Schools. For too long, the fossil fuel industry has tried to buy teachers’ and students’ silence. But teaching climate justice has never been more urgent.
Time Periods: 21st Century, All US History
Themes: Climate Justice, Environment, Economics, Education, Laws & Citizen Rights, Organizing, World History/Global Studies
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Plessy v. Ferguson: The Organizing History of the Case

Article. By Keith W. Medley. The role of the Comité des Citoyens and The Crusader newspaper in the Plessy v. Ferguson case.
Time Periods: 19th Century, Industrial Revolution: 1877 - 1899
Themes: African American, Democracy & Citizenship, Laws & Citizen Rights, Organizing, Racism & Racial Identity
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