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Attica Prison Uprising | Zinn Education Project

Sept. 9, 1971: Attica Prison Uprising

The Attica Prison Uprising began.
Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: African American, Criminal Justice & Incarceration, Democracy & Citizenship, Racism & Racial Identity
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More cities celebrating ‘Indigenous Peoples’ Day’ amid effort to abolish Columbus Day

In a blog post published by the Huffington Post, Bill Bigelow, co-director of the Zinn Education Project, which “promotes and supports the teaching of people’s history in middle and high school classrooms across the country,” explained why many historians and indigenous communities find Columbus’s legacy so troubling. “Columbus initiated the trans-Atlantic slave trade, in early... Read more »
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William Loren Katz, Historian of African-Americans, Dies at 92

The fountainhead of the historian Bill Katz’s immersion in African-American culture was his father’s passion for jazz. Ben Katz had derived more pleasure from the music and its historical roots than from his day job as an art director for an advertising agency… Mr. Katz recalled in an interview with the Zinn Education Project (named after another... Read more »
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Arizona Teacher Embodies Educational Spirit of Howard Zinn

Tucson’s Mexican American Studies Director Sean Arce Wins National Zinn Education Award By Jeff Biggers While the Daily Show brilliantly reminded millions of viewers last night of the disgraceful racist elements behind the attack on Tucson’s acclaimed and now outlawed Mexican American Studies program, educators across the nation recalled a teaching moment. Sean Arce was... Read more »
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Support Indigenous Rights By Abolishing Columbus Day

Deborah Menkart, Teaching For Change/Zinn Education Project & Daniel Ruiz, Capital City Public Charter School, joins Thom Hartmann. On Monday — millions of Americans will stay home from work and school to celebrate how Christopher Columbus committed genocide against the Taino people and launched the Transatlantic slave trade. Unfortunately — many Americans won’t know that... Read more »
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The Real Irish American Story Not Taught in Schools

By Bill Bigelow “Wear green on St. Patrick’s Day or get pinched.” That pretty much sums up the Irish American “curriculum” that I learned when I was in school. Yes, I recall a nod to the so-called Potato Famine, but it was mentioned only in passing. Sadly, today’s high school textbooks continue to largely ignore... Read more »
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The Real Irish American Story Not Taught in Schools

By Bill Bigelow Wear green on St. Patrick’s Day or get pinched.” That pretty much sums up the Irish American “curriculum” that I learned when I was in school. Yes, I recall a nod to the so-called Potato Famine, but it was mentioned only in passing.What is not often taught in schools or known by... Read more »
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Teaching Against War, for Humanity

By Bill Bigelow Wars? What wars? On the eve of the U.S. midterm elections, WikiLeaks released the largest cache of classified war documents in history, covering years of U.S. conduct in Iraq. And, as Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman pointed out, “It barely warranted a mention on the agenda-setting Sunday talk shows.” As columnist Gary Younge... Read more »
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Occupy the Curriculum

By Bill Bigelow The other day on the Zinn Education Project’s Facebook page, we asked “What period in history—or theme in history—are you teaching this month?” New Jersey Teacher Activist Group stages Teach-In at Occupy Wall Street last month. The responses were fascinating. Chris Conkling is teaching about “Forced removal of Native Americans/Andrew Jackson.” Ariela... Read more »
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Why We Support the #OccupyWallStreet Movement

By Melissa Bradley The Zinn Education Project has been promoting the role of working people, women, people of color, and organized social movements in actively shaping history for years. I can only imagine how the 99 percent movement will be taught in years to come. #OccupyWallStreet is clearly a people’s movement. There is a minimal... Read more »
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The Zinn Education Project – Continuing the Work

By teacherken “He who controls the present, controls the past. He who controls the past, controls the future.” It seems appropriate to begin with those famous words by George Orwell, because to me they explain the importance of the life and work of Howard Zinn, best known for his A People’s History of the United... Read more »
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Critical Media Literacy in the 2.0

By Jesse Gainer This column is dedicated to the memory of Howard Zinn, who passed away this year at the age of 87. Zinn’s life and work — an unwavering pursuit of justice through focused attention on the marginalized and the oppressed — inspired countless people across the world. Zinn’s work highlighted what traditionally is... Read more »
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