Women's History

Voices of a People’s History of the United States (Book, 10th anniv.) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History

Voices of a People’s History of the United States, 10th Anniversary Edition

Book - Non-fiction. Edited by Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove. 2014. 704 pages. Speeches, letters, poems, and songs for each chapter of A People's History of the United States.
Time Periods: Reconstruction Period: 1865 - 1876, All US History
Themes: Labor, Organizing, Slavery and Resistance, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements, Women's History
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The Women Who Caught the Babies: A Story of African American Midwives (book cover) | The Zinn Education Project

The Women Who Caught the Babies: A Story of African American Midwives

Book - Non-fiction. By Eloise Greenfield. Illustrated by Daniel Minter. 32 pp. 2019. This unique picture book begins with historical background on the work of midwives and then switches to poetry to tell vignettes from lives of midwives during slavery, emancipation, and today.
Time Periods: 19th Century, 20th Century
Themes: African American, Slavery and Resistance, Women's History
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A Young People’s History of the United States

Book - Non-fiction. By Howard Zinn with Rebecca Stefoff. 2009. 464 pages. A young adult version of the best-selling A People’s History of the United States.
Time Periods: 18th Century, 19th Century, 20th Century, All US History
Themes: African American, Asian American, Civil Rights Movements, Democracy & Citizenship, Immigration, Imperialism, Labor, Laws & Citizen Rights, LGBTQ, Native American, Organizing, Racism & Racial Identity, Slavery and Resistance, Social Class, US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements, Women's History
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At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance — A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power

Book - Non-fiction. By Danielle L. McGuire. 2010. 352 pages. History of the violence against African-American women during the 20th century and the role played by Rosa Parks in the organized legal response to that abuse.
Time Periods: 20th Century, Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944, Cold War: 1945 - 1960, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: Civil Rights Movements, Racism & Racial Identity, Women's History
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Aani and the Tree Huggers

Aani and the Tree Huggers

Books - Historical fiction. By Jeannine Atkins. Illustrated by Venantius J. Pinto. 2000. 32 pages. Based on an event that took place in India in the 1970s, children and women in the village hug the trees to save them from being logged.
Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: Climate Justice, Organizing, Women's History, World History/Global Studies
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The Bobbin Girl

Book - Fiction. By Emily Arnold McCully. 1996. Historical fiction for upper elementary based on a true story about the Lowell textile workers.
Time Periods: 19th Century, Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849
Themes: Labor, Organizing, Women's History
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The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba’s Struggle for Freedom

Book - Fiction. By Margarita Engle. 2010. 384 pages. Bilingual book of historical fiction in verse about Cuba's long fight for independence in the 19th century.
Time Periods: 19th Century, Civil War Era: 1850 - 1864
Themes: Racism & Racial Identity, Slavery and Resistance, US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements, Women's History, World History/Global Studies
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Uprising

Book - Fiction. By Margaret Peterson Haddix. 2007. Three young women march against unfair labor practices in the Shirtwaist Strike of 1909-10, only to find themselves engulfed in the raging flames consuming the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory.
Themes: Labor, Organizing, Women's History
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Mumbet’s Declaration of Independence

Book - Non-fiction. By Gretchen Woelfle. Illustrated by Alix Delinois. 2014. Picture book about true story of Elizabeth Freeman, a woman who challenged the legality of her enslavement.
Time Periods: Revolution & Constitution: 1765 - 1799
Themes: African American, Democracy & Citizenship, Slavery and Resistance, Women's History
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Anne Braden: Southern Patriot

Film. Produced by Anne Lewis. 75 min. 2012. Documentary about Southern activist Anne Braden.
Time Periods: 20th Century
Themes: Civil Rights Movements, Labor, Social Class, Women's History
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Chisholm ’72 – Unbought and Unbossed

Film. By Shola Lynch. 2004. 76 min. Documentary about Brooklyn Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm and her campaign to become the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee in 1972.
Time Periods: 20th Century, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: African American, Democracy & Citizenship, Women's History
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Cindy Sheehan: “It’s Time the Antiwar Choir Started Singing”

Film clip. Voices of a People's History. Dramatic reading of Cindy Sheehan's speech "It's Time the Antiwar Choir Started Singing" (2005) is read by Marisa Tomei and Staceyann Chin.
Time Periods: 21st Century, 2001 - Present
Themes: Democracy & Citizenship, Imperialism, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements, Women's History
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Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock

Film. Directed by Sharon LaCruise. 2011. 54 min. Documentary on the life of Daisy Bates, best know for her role with the Little Rock Nine.
Time Periods: 20th Century
Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Education, Laws & Citizen Rights, Organizing, Racism & Racial Identity, Women's History
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June Jordan: “Speech Against the Gulf War”

Film clip. Voices of a People's History. Dramatic reading of June Jordan's "Speech Against the Gulf War" (1991) by Kathleen Chalfant.
Time Periods: 20th Century, Post-Civil Rights Era: 1975 - 2000
Themes: African American, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements, Women's History
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Maestra (Teacher)

Film. By Catherine Murphy. 2013. 32 min. Documentary about the successful 1961 literacy campaign in Cuba.
Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: Democracy & Citizenship, Education, Women's History, World History/Global Studies
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