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Do All Indians Live in Tipis?

Book - Non-fiction. By National Museum of the American Indian. 2007. 256 pages. Introduction to Native American history and contemporary culture.
Time Periods: Colonization: 1492 - 1764, All US History
Themes: Education, Native American
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‘Don’t Take Our Voices Away’: A Role Play on the Indigenous Peoples’ Global Summit on Climate Change (Lesson) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History

‘Don’t Take Our Voices Away’: A Role Play on the Indigenous Peoples’ Global Summit on Climate Change

Teaching Activity. By Julie Treick O’Neill and Tim Swinehart. 16 pages. A role play on the Indigenous Peoples' Global Summit on Climate Change asks students to develop a list of demands to present to the rest of the world at a climate change meeting.
Time Periods: 21st Century, 2001 - Present
Themes: Climate Justice, Environment & Food, Native American, Pacific Islander, Science, World History/Global Studies
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The Draft Riot Mystery

Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow. Students are invited to solve a mystery, using historical clues, about the real story of the Draft Riots.
Time Periods: 19th Century, Civil War Era: 1850 - 1864
Themes: African American, Democracy & Citizenship, Immigration, Racism & Racial Identity, Slavery, Social Class, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements
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The Election of 1860 Role Play

Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow. A role play based on the election of 1860 allows students to explore the political debates of the time and the real reasons for the Civil War.
Time Periods: 19th Century, Civil War Era: 1850 - 1864
Themes: African American, Slavery, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements
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As Fast As Words Could Fly

Book – Non-fiction. By Pamela M Tuck. Illustrated by Eric Velasquez. 2013. 32 pages. Based on her father’s experience in 1960s North Carolina, Pamela Tuck tells how a family and community challenge racism where they work, shop, and go to school.
Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements
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The Field Guide to the Global Economy

Book - Non-fiction. By Sarah Anderson, John Cavanagh, and Thea Lee. 2005. The economics of globalization in easy to read charts.
Time Periods: 21st Century, 2001 - Present
Themes: Economics
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Fire in the Hole!

Book - Fiction. By Mary Cronk Farrell. 2004. 176 pages. Based on the true story of a silver miners' strike in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, the book shows the desperate conditions of miners' lives and how the striking miners were detained illegally in a late 19th century version of Guantanamo.
Time Periods: 19th Century, Industrial Revolution: 1877 - 1899
Themes: Labor, Organizing, Racism & Racial Identity
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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, Climate Justice, Art & Music, Environment & Food, Language Arts, Laws & Citizen Rights, Media, Racism & Racial Identity
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Forty Acres and Maybe a Mule

Book - Fiction. By Harriette Gillem Robinet. 1998. 144 pages. Historical fiction featuring 12-year-old Pascal, 8-year-old Nellie, and their older brother Gideon, a Union Army aide, as they claim and farm the land promised to them during Reconstruction.
Time Periods: 19th Century, Reconstruction Period: 1865 - 1876
Themes: Racism & Racial Identity
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Frederick Douglass Fights for Freedom

Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow. A lesson to introduce students to the numerous and varied ways African Americans resisted their enslavement, using the autobiographical Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass.
Time Periods: 19th Century, Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849
Themes: African American, Slavery
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Free to Think, Talk, Listen, or Sing

Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow and Norm Diamond. 6 pages Students work with a chapter from Milton Meltzer’s classic book, Bread and Roses, to see the impact of late 19th century factory work on workers’ home lives.
Themes: Labor, Social Class
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Freedom Road

Book - Fiction. By Howard Fast. 1944. The politics and economics of Reconstruction told through memorable historical fiction.
Time Periods: 19th Century, Reconstruction Period: 1865 - 1876
Themes: Economics
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Freedom School, Yes!

Book - Fiction. By Amy Littlesugar. Illustrated by Floyd Cooper. 2001. 40 pages. Historical fiction about the 1964 Freedom Schools for upper elementary.
Time Periods: 20th Century, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Education, Organizing, Racism & Racial Identity
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