Teaching Materials

People’s History Awaits Finley Students

Esmeralda Tello can’t wait to utilize a new set of history books in her social studies classroom at J. Taylor Finley Middle School. The books were presented to the teacher by the Zinn Education Project during a ceremony at the school late last spring. Copies of historian-author Howard Zinn’s “A People’s History of the United... Read more »
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Teacher wins textbooks

Jeff Matlock, an eighth-grade U.S. history teacher at Scotts Valley Middle School, is one of 20 teachers in the country who will receive a free class set of 25 copies of “A People’s History of the United States” from the Zinn Education Project. Matlock used a Zinn activity regarding the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848... Read more »
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Giving context to history textbooks

By Michelle Knight It’s difficult to distinguish Angelica Chavez from her students at Adolfo Camarillo High School. A little more than a decade ago, the 29-year-old U.S. history teacher was sitting in their seats. Chavez didn’t like history then. She felt, like many critics of traditional history books, that U.S. history is told solely from... Read more »
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A Beautiful Ghetto

Book - Non-fiction. By Devin Allen. 2017. Devin Allen’s A Beautiful Ghetto documents Black life in Baltimore before and after the police murder of Freddie Gray and the uprising it produced through short essays, poetry, and stunning photographs.
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Zinn on Zinn

On January 19, historian and activist Howard Zinn gave his final radio interview, which Rethinking Schools has published in its entirety. In the question-and-answer session, Zinn relates that his experiences as the child of immigrants, combined with a great deal of reading, pushed him in an “activist direction.” He also developed a consciousness that the... Read more »
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Yes! recommends Zinn Education Project

By Jing Fong Nidoto Nai Yoni—“Let it not happen again,”—is the inscription at the memorial site where the first group of Japanese Americans were taken from Bainbridge Island to internment camps in the California desert. When you don’t talk about race, how do you make sure racism doesn’t happen? The Zinn Education Project is committed... Read more »
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Rethinking Schools, co-coordinator of the Zinn Education Project

One Long Struggle for Justice: An Interview with Howard Zinn

In 2008 Rethinking Schools and the Washington, D.C.-based education nonprofit Teaching for Change joined together to form the Zinn Education Project, dedicated to promoting the teaching of a people’s history in middle and high schools throughout the United States. The Zinn Education Project recently launched a new website, www.zinnedproject.org, that features over 75 downloadable teaching... Read more »
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Howard Zinn, My Courageous Friend

by William Holtzman What can I say about my friend Howard Zinn? I met Howard at Boston University, where I attended his classes in the mid-1970s. To this day, I can quote chapter and verse from his lectures. The man could be spellbinding in a gentle, whimsical way. One lecture stands out because it says... Read more »
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Howard Zinn on A People’s History of the United States

Harper Perennial and The Zinn Education Project are pleased to present a conversation with Howard Zinn on A People’s History of the United States. The Zinn Education Project has solicited questions from teachers through their website, https://zinnedproject.org. Bill Bigelow, a teacher and writer, will present these questions to Professor Zinn for discussion. During the last... Read more »
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The People Spoke and They Need to Speak Again

By Alan Singer As a social studies teacher, a political activist, and a historian, I am a big fan of Howard Zinn, and I very much enjoyed watching The People Speak on the History Channel Sunday night. Well-known and not so well-known actors read speeches, letters, and other primary source documents from the history of... Read more »
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TUSD dropping its director of Mexican American Studies

By Alexis Huicochea | Photo by Benjie Sanders The Tucson Unified School District will not be renewing the contract for Sean Arce, the director of its Mexican American Studies program. TUSD Superintendent John Pedicone would not comment on why the decision was made, saying only that the Governing Board was “not willing to renew his... Read more »
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Howard Zinn, US historian and activist, dies aged 87

Howard Zinn, US historian and activist, dies aged 87 The American historian, playwright and author of the bestseller A People’s History of the United States, which presents a leftist view of US history, has died By Alison Flood American historian, playwright and social activist Howard Zinn died yesterday, aged 87. The author of the million-plus... Read more »
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Teaching the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

By Anthony Rebora Next Wednesday, Aug. 28, marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, the monumental 1963 civil rights event at which Martin Luther King Jr. gave his “I Have a Dream” speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Commemorative events, including rallies and panel discussions, are being held over the next... Read more »
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