World History/Global Studies

Journey to Jo’burg: A South African Story

Book - Fiction. By Beverley Naidoo, illustrated by Eric Velasquez. 1988. 96 pages. A brother and sister take their sick sibling to the city of Johannesburg to get their mother at work, and come to understand the struggle for freedom and dignity taking place in South Africa.
Time Periods: Cold War: 1945 - 1960, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, Post-Civil Rights Era: 1975 - 2000
Themes: World History/Global Studies
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Sacred Leaf

Sacred Leaf

Book - Fiction. By Deborah Ellis. 2009. A story based in Bolivia about a group of peasants who organize against the military.
Themes: Labor, Organizing, World History/Global Studies
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Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal (Book) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History

Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal

Book - Fiction. By Margarita Engle. 2016. 272 pages. Historical fiction in free verse about the building of the Panama Canal.
Time Periods: Turn of the Century: 1900 - 1909, World War I: 1910 - 1919
Themes: Labor, World History/Global Studies
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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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Trouble in Timbuktu

Book - Fiction. By Cristina Kessler. 2009. 368 pages. Two young people take great risks to protect the ancient manuscripts of their city from being stolen by two tourists.
Themes: World History/Global Studies
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The Wild Book

Book - Fiction. By Margarita Engle. 2012. 144 pages. A portrait in verse of a young girl struggling with dyslexia in Cuba at the turn of the 20th century.
Time Periods: 20th Century, Turn of the Century: 1900 - 1909
Themes: Language Arts, World History/Global Studies
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The Streets are Free

Picture book. By Karusa. Illustrated by Monica Doppert. 1985 (reissued 2008). A group of children organize to convince the mayor that they need a playground.
Themes: Latinx, Organizing, World History/Global Studies
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Battle of Algiers

Film. Directed by Gillo Pontecorvo. 1966. 123 minutes. This film documents the armed insurgency against the French colonial powers in Algiers, showing the brutality and desperation of war.
Time Periods: 20th Century, Cold War: 1945 - 1960
Themes: Wars & Related Anti-War Movements, World History/Global Studies
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Even the Rain/También la lluvia

Film. Directed by Icíar Bollaín and written by Paul Laverty. 2010. 103 minutes. As a crew shoots a film about Columbus' genocide, local people in Cochabamba, Bolivia rise up against plans to privatize the water supply.
Time Periods: Colonization: 1492 - 1764, 20th Century, Post-Civil Rights Era: 1975 - 2000
Themes: Environment, Economics, Imperialism, Latinx, Organizing, US Foreign Policy, World History/Global Studies
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The Good Fight: The Abraham Lincoln Brigade and the Spanish Civil War

Film. By Mary Dore, Noel Buckner, and Sam Sills. 1984. 98 minutes. Documentary narrated by Studs Terkel on the Abraham Lincoln Brigade.
Time Periods: 20th Century, Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944
Themes: Organizing, US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements, World History/Global Studies
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Granito de Arena/Grain of Sand

Film. Produced by Jill Freidberg. Corrugated Films. 2005. 62 min. Documentary about teachers, parents, and students fighting to defend Mexico's public education system from the impacts of economic globalization.
Themes: Education, Labor, Organizing, World History/Global Studies
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Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America

Film. Directed by Eduardo López & Peter Getzels. 2012. 90 min. Documentary that examines the direct connection between the long history of U.S. intervention in Latin America and the immigration crisis we face today.
Time Periods: All US History
Themes: Immigration, Latinx, Laws & Citizen Rights, World History/Global Studies
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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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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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Maquilapolis (City of Factories)

Film. Directed and produced by Vicky Funari and Sergio De La Torre. 2006. 68 minutes. The impact of globalization as told through the lives of the women who experience it in Tijuana, Mexico.
Time Periods: 21st Century, 2001 - Present
Themes: Labor, Organizing, Women's History, World History/Global Studies
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Necessity: Oil, Water, and Climate Resistance

Film. Directed by Jan Haaken and Samantha Praus. Work in Progress. 58 minutes. Pilot for a series on direct action for the climate, the film explores the work of attorneys, valve turners, and other water protectors in Minnesota.
Time Periods: 21st Century
Themes: Climate Justice, Environment, World History/Global Studies
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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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Poto Mitan: Haitian Women, Pillars of the Global Economy

Film and website. Produced by Mary Becker and Renée Bergan. Written and narrated by Edwidge Danticat. 2009. 50 minutes. Documentary about Haiti and global economics told through the lives of five women.
Time Periods: 21st Century, 2001 - Present
Themes: Economics, Women's History, World History/Global Studies
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