Social Class

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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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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On Coal River

Film. Directed by Francine Cavanaugh and Adams Wood. 2010. 81 minutes. This free film takes viewers on a gripping emotional journey into a community surrounded by a looming toxic threat. The film follows a former coal miner and his neighbors in a struggle for the future of their valley and the planet.
Time Periods: 21st Century, 2001 - Present
Themes: Climate Justice, Environment, Democracy & Citizenship, Economics, Social Class
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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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Matewan

Film. Written and directed by John Sayles. 1987. 132 minutes. A feature film depicting a strike in a mining town in Appalachia and the struggle for solidarity across racial lines.
Time Periods: 20th Century, Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944
Themes: Democracy & Citizenship, Labor, Organizing, Social Class
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A Message From the Future with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Film. 2019. 7 minutes. The Intercept. Narrated by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and illustrated by Molly Crabapple. The film flips the script on our future by illustrating one where we survive climate change and thrive because we took action today.
Time Periods: 20th Century, Post-Civil Rights Era: 1975 - 2000, 21st Century
Themes: Climate Justice, Environment, Economics, Social Class
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Parent Power

Film. Produced by the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University. 2011. 35 minutes. A documentary about parents in the Bronx who organized to bring high-quality education to their neighborhood.
Time Periods: 20th Century
Themes: African American, Education, Latinx, Organizing, Social Class
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Roger and Me: The Story of a Rebel and His Mike

Film. Directed by Michael Moore. 1989. 91 minutes. Documentary chronicling the efforts of the world's largest corporation, General Motors, as it turns its hometown of Flint, Michigan, into a ghost town.
Themes: Economics, Labor, Social Class
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Segregated By Design (Film)

Segregated by Design

Film. Directed by Mark Lopez. Written by Mark Lopez & Richard Rothstein. 2019. 18 minutes. Examine the forgotten history of how our federal, state and local governments unconstitutionally segregated every major metropolitan area in America through law and policy.
Time Periods: 20th Century
Themes: African American, Racism & Racial Identity, Social Class
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Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot

Film. Produced by Bill Brummel. Teaching Tolerance. 2015. 40 min. Documentary about the students and teachers of Selma, Alabama who fought for voting rights.
Time Periods: 20th Century, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Democracy & Citizenship, Organizing, Social Class
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A People’s History of the United States: Highlights from the Twentieth Century (Audio)

Audio. By Howard Zinn. Read by Matt Damon. 2003. 8 hours, 44 min. Audio book version of excerpted highlights from A People's History of the United States.
Time Periods: Colonization: 1492 - 1764, 18th Century, Revolution & Constitution: 1765 - 1799, 19th Century, Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849, Civil War Era: 1850 - 1864, Reconstruction Period: 1865 - 1876, Industrial Revolution: 1877 - 1899, 20th Century, Turn of the Century: 1900 - 1909, World War I: 1910 - 1919, 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, All US History
Themes: African American, Reconstruction, Asian American, Civil Rights Movements, Democracy & Citizenship, Immigration, Imperialism, Labor, Laws & Citizen Rights, 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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Chávez Ravine: A Record by Ry Cooder

Songs. By Ry Cooder. 2005. 70 min. The story of the Chicano community bulldozed to pave the way for the Dodger Stadium in Santa Monica, told through bilingual songs.
Time Periods: 20th Century, Cold War: 1945 - 1960
Themes: Art & Music, Latinx, Organizing, Social Class, Sports
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When the Hunger Was Upon Us

Poem. By Nigel Gray. Poem about the causes and impact of the Irish Potato Famine.
Time Periods: 19th Century, Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849
Themes: Environment, Food, Social Class, World History/Global Studies
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Americans Who Tell the Truth

Website. Portraits by Robert Shetterly and biographies of individuals who have taken a stand for justice.
Time Periods: All US History
Themes: African American, Environment, Art & Music, Asian American, Civil Rights Movements, Democracy & Citizenship, Disability, Immigration, Imperialism, Labor, Latinx, LGBTQ, Native American, Organizing, Racism & Racial Identity, Slavery and Resistance, Social Class, Sports, Women's History
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Battle of Blair Mountain

Aug. 31, 1921: Battle of Blair Mountain

The Battle of Blair Mountain on Aug. 31, 1921, was the climax of two mine wars fought in the West Virginia coalfields.
Time Periods: Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944
Themes: Labor, Organizing, Social Class
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Bill of Rights

Dec. 15, 1791: Bill of Rights Ratified

The first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution, known as the United States Bill of Rights, were ratified.
Time Periods: Revolution & Constitution: 1765 - 1799
Themes: Democracy & Citizenship, Laws & Citizen Rights, Racism & Racial Identity, Slavery and Resistance, Social Class
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Radical members, SC Legistlature | Zinn Education Project

Jan. 14, 1868: South Carolina Constitutional Convention

The South Carolina constitutional convention met with a majority of Black delegates, adopting a constitution that provided for all people regardless of race, economic class, or gender.
Time Periods: Reconstruction Period: 1865 - 1876
Themes: African American, Reconstruction, Democracy & Citizenship, Laws & Citizen Rights, Social Class
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Irish Famine | Zinn Education Project

March 17: St. Patrick’s Day

Challenging myths about the Irish Potato Famine.
Time Periods: Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849
Themes: Environment, Immigration, Social Class, World History/Global Studies
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