Cold War: 1945 - 1960

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Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop: The Sanitation Strike of 1968

Book – Fiction. By Alice Faye Duncan. Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie. 2018. 40 pages. A historical fiction picture book that presents the story of nine-year-old Lorraine Jackson, who in 1968 witnessed the Memphis sanitation strike.
Time Periods: Cold War: 1945 - 1960, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: Civil Rights Movements, Labor
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Ruth and the Green Book

Picture book. By Calvin Alexander Ramsey with Gwen Strauss. Illustrated by Floyd Cooper. 2010. Story for young readers about an African American family travelling during the Jim Crow era and the networks of support and services listed in The Green Book.
Time Periods: 20th Century, Cold War: 1945 - 1960
Themes: African American, Racism & Racial Identity
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Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer

Book - Non-fiction. By Carole Boston Weatherford. Illustrated by Ekua Holmes. 2015. Illustrated biography of Fannie Lou Hamer, activist for voting and economic rights from Mississippi.
Time Periods: 20th Century, Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944, Cold War: 1945 - 1960, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, Post-Civil Rights Era: 1975 - 2000
Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Democracy & Citizenship, Organizing, Racism & Racial Identity
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Banished

Film. Center for Investigative Reporting and Two Tone Productions. 2007. 84 minutes. Filmmaker Marco Williams examined four examples of primarily white communities violently rising up to force their African-American neighbors to flee town.
Time Periods: 19th Century, Cold War: 1945 - 1960, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: African American
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Boycott

Film. By Clark Johnson. 2001. 120 min. Dramatic account of the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
Time Periods: 20th Century, Cold War: 1945 - 1960
Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Organizing, Racism & Racial Identity
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Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin

Film. Produced by Nancy Kates and Bennett Singer. 2002. 83 min. Documentary about the life of peace, labor, and civil rights activist Bayard Rustin.
Time Periods: 20th Century, Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944, Cold War: 1945 - 1960, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Labor, LGBTQ, Organizing
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Chávez Ravine: A Los Angeles Story

Film. By Jordan Mechner. 2004. 26 minutes. A documentary about the politics and economics of land in the United States, based on the story of a Mexican American village razed in the 1950s to build Dodger Stadium.
Time Periods: 20th Century, Cold War: 1945 - 1960
Themes: Economics, Latinx, Social Class, Sports
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Counter Histories

Website. Five short films that document the civil disobedience staged at segregated lunch counters in the 1950s and 60s.
Time Periods: 20th Century, Cold War: 1945 - 1960, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Organizing, Racism & Racial Identity
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Have You Heard From Johannesburg

Film. Directed by Connie Field. 2007. 89 minutes. Episode that covers the anti-apartheid movement in the U.S. to overturn apartheid in South Africa.
Time Periods: 20th Century, Cold War: 1945 - 1960, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, Post-Civil Rights Era: 1975 - 2000
Themes: US Foreign Policy, World History/Global Studies
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Howard Zinn: You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train (Film) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History

Howard Zinn: You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train

Film. By Deb Ellis and Denis Mueller. 2010. 78 minutes. Documentary on life and work of Howard Zinn.
Time Periods: 20th Century, Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944, Cold War: 1945 - 1960, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, Post-Civil Rights Era: 1975 - 2000
Themes: Labor, Organizing, Social Class, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements
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Malcolm X: Make It Plain (Film) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History

Malcolm X: Make It Plain

Film. Written by Steve Fayer and Orlando Bagwell. 1994. 2 hours, 18 min. Documentary film on the life and words of Malcolm X/ El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz.
Time Periods: 20th Century, Cold War: 1945 - 1960, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Racism & Racial Identity
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Nuclear Savage: The Islands of Secret Project 4.1 (Film) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History

Nuclear Savage: The Islands of Secret Project 4.1

Film. By Adam Jonas Horowitz. 2012. 60 and 87 min. HIstory of the U.S. government's testing of nuclear weapons and fallout on the people of the Marshall Islands.
Time Periods: 20th Century, Cold War: 1945 - 1960
Themes: Environment, Imperialism, Pacific Islander, World History/Global Studies
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Scandalize My Name

Film. Directed by Alexandra Isles. 2000. 60 minutes. Documentary about the impact of the McCarthy era on African Americans in the film industry.
Time Periods: 20th Century, Cold War: 1945 - 1960
Themes: African American, Laws & Citizen Rights, Racism & Racial Identity
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The Untold History of the United States DVD

Film. By Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick. 2014. 4 discs – 796 min. TV series that re-examines various under-reported events of U.S. history since World War II.
Time Periods: 20th Century, Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944, Cold War: 1945 - 1960, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, Post-Civil Rights Era: 1975 - 2000, 21st Century, 2001 - Present
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James Baldwin

Profile. A brief biography of James Baldwin, writer and social critic.
Time Periods: 20th Century, Cold War: 1945 - 1960, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Democracy & Citizenship, Racism & Racial Identity
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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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America's Social Arsonist: Fred Ross and Grassroots Organizing in the Twentieth Century (Book) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History

Ross, Fred

Profile. By Gabriel Thompson. 2013. Introduction to little-known but influential labor organizer Fred Ross (1910-1992), who trained many activists of note including Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez.
Time Periods: 20th Century, Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944, Cold War: 1945 - 1960, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: Labor, Organizing
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