Teaching Materials

Protesters at Ginwan rally | Zinn Education Project

Nov. 8, 2009: Okinawa Protest

Thousands of Japanese protesters on the island of Okinawa demanded the removal of the U.S. base there.
Time Periods: 2001 - Present
Themes: Democracy & Citizenship, US Foreign Policy, World History/Global Studies
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Jewish prisoners in Baden-Baden | Zinn Education Project

Nov. 9, 1938: Kristallnacht (Night of Broken Glass)

Violent anti-Jewish demonstrations in Europe in which hundreds of synagogues were destroyed, 7,500 Jewish-owned businesses, homes, and schools were plundered; 91 Jews were murdered; and 30,000 Jewish men were arrested and sent to concentration camps.
Time Periods: Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944
Themes: Democracy & Citizenship, World History/Global Studies
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Oct. 1, 1851: The Jerry Rescue

Abolitionists freed a man captured under Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 in Syracuse, New York.
Time Periods: Civil War Era: 1850 - 1864
Themes: Democracy & Citizenship, Laws & Citizen Rights, Slavery and Resistance
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Oct. 1, 1964: Free Speech Movement

The Free Speech Movement was launched at UC-Berkeley.
Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: Civil Rights Movements, Democracy & Citizenship, Laws & Citizen Rights
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Alaska Petition Aleut Women 1942

Oct. 10, 1942: Petition from Aleut Women

Aleut women from the Pribilof Islands Program wrote a petition about the dangerous internment camp conditions.
Time Periods: Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944
Themes: Democracy & Citizenship, Native American, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements
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D.C. Jail Uprising | Zinn Education Project

Oct. 11, 1972: D.C. Jail Uprising

An uprising took place at a D.C. jail to protest conditions.
Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: African American, Laws & Citizen Rights, Racism & Racial Identity
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Oct. 12, 1898: Battle of Virden

A small band of striking coal miners in southern Illinois called out Chicago coal barons and stood their ground at Virden.
Time Periods: Industrial Revolution: 1877 - 1899
Themes: Economics, Labor, Organizing
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White House Black History | Zinn Education Project

Oct. 13, 1792: White House Cornerstone Laid

The untold story of African Americans in the White House from the 18th century to the present, including the presidents who held people in bondage.
Time Periods: Revolution & Constitution: 1765 - 1799
Themes: Slavery and Resistance
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Emory Douglas Artwork | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History

Oct. 15, 1966: The Black Panther Party Founded

The Black Panther Party sought justice for African Americans and other oppressed communities through a combination of revolutionary theory, education, and community programs.
Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: African American, Democracy & Citizenship, Organizing, Racism & Racial Identity
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Oct. 16, 1968: Olympics Black Power Salute

Tommie Smith and John Carlos made a symbolic protest while the U.S. national anthem was played in the Olympics.
Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Racism & Racial Identity, Sports
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Marie Equi | Zinn Education Project

Oct. 17, 1920: Marie Equi Jailed

Marie Equi entered San Quentin prison to serve a one-year term for her anti-war protests.
Time Periods: Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944
Themes: Wars & Related Anti-War Movements
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The Persons Case | Zinn Education Project

Oct. 18, 1929: The Persons Case

The Persons Case, a legal milestone in Canada, established the right of women to sit in the Senate of Canada.
Time Periods: Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944
Themes: Democracy & Citizenship, Women's History
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