Teaching Materials

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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Freedom Songs

Book - Fiction. By Yvette Moore. 1992. When Sheryl's Uncle Pete joins the Freedom Riders down South, she organizes a gospel concert in Brooklyn to help him.
Time Periods: 20th Century, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: Civil Rights Movements
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The Great Migration: Journey to the North

Book - Fiction. By Eloise Greenfield. Illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist. 2011. A picture book that introduces the historic story of the Great Migration to young readers.
Time Periods: 20th Century, World War I: 1910 - 1919, Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944
Themes: African American
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Haiku and Hiroshima: Teaching About the Atomic Bomb

Haiku and Hiroshima: Teaching About the Atomic Bomb

Teaching Activity. By Wayne Au. 3 pages. Lesson for high school students on the bombing of Hiroshima using the film Barefoot Gen and haiku.
Time Periods: 20th Century, Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944, Cold War: 1945 - 1960
Themes: Language Arts, US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements
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Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC (Book) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History

Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC

Book - Non-fiction. Edited by Faith S. Holsaert, Martha Prescod Norman Noonan, Judy Richardson, Betty Garman Robinson, Jean Smith Young, and Dorothy M. Zellner. 2010. 616 pages. An unprecedented women's history of the Civil Rights Movement, from sit-ins to Black Power.
Time Periods: 20th Century, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: Civil Rights Movements, Organizing, Women's History
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Hidden in Plain Sight: Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Radical Vision (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History

Hidden in Plain Sight: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Radical Vision

Teaching Activity. By Craig Gordon, Urban Dreams, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Papers Project. 2003, updated in 2017. Lesson to introduce students to the speeches and work of Dr. King beyond "I have a dream."
Time Periods: 20th Century, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: Civil Rights Movements, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements
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The Historic Unfulfilled Promise

Book - Non-fiction. By Howard Zinn. 2012. Compilation of articles Zinn penned for The Progressive magazine from 1980 to 2009.
Time Periods: 20th Century, Post-Civil Rights Era: 1975 - 2000, 21st Century, 2001 - Present
Themes: Democracy & Citizenship, Laws & Citizen Rights, US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements
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History Textbooks: “Theirs” and “Ours”: A Rebellion or a War of Independence? (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History

History Textbooks: “Theirs” and “Ours”: A Rebellion or a War of Independence?

Teaching Activity. By John DeRose. 4 pages. Analysis of textbook passages from different countries, videos and books are used to explore different perspectives about the same event in history, i.e. "Philippine-American War" vs. "War of Philippine Independence."
Time Periods: 20th Century, Turn of the Century: 1900 - 1909
Themes: Imperialism, US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements, World History/Global Studies
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The Homestead Strike

Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow and Norm Diamond. 10 pages. This role play activity on the famous 1892 Homestead Strike, explores the possibility of solidarity among workers of very different backgrounds and at different levels in the workplace hierarchy.
Themes: Immigration, Labor, Organizing, Social Class
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Hope For Haiti

Book - Fiction. By Jesse Joshua Watson. 2010. A boy lives through the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and finds hope amid the hardships of the aftermath.
Time Periods: 21st Century, 2001 - Present
Themes: Sports
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House of Purple Cedar

Book - Fiction. By Tim Tingle. 2014. A young girl's story of growing up in Indian Territory in pre-statehood Oklahoma.
Time Periods: 19th Century, Industrial Revolution: 1877 - 1899
Themes: Native American
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I Must Resist: Bayard Rustin’s Life in Letters

Book - Non-fiction. Edited by Michael G. Long. By Bayard Rustin. Foreword by Julian Bond. 2012. The story of the behind-the-scenes strategist, organizer, and advocate of non-violence, Bayard Rustin.
Time Periods: 20th Century, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, LGBT, Organizing, Racism & Racial Identity
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I See the Rhythm

Book - Non-fiction. By Toyomi Igus and Michele Wood. 2005. A lyrical voyage through 500 years of African American music, from its roots in Africa to contemporary hip-hop for ages 6+.
Themes: Art & Music
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