Teaching Materials

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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Teaching kids how battles about race from 150 years ago mirror today’s conflicts

By Bill Bigelow It’s impossible to walk away from the film without understanding that at the heart of the struggle over the Pentagon Papers was the exposure of government lying about the war in Vietnam. The film offers papers like the New York Times and the Washington Post a warm pat on the back for publishing the Pentagon Papers and exposing these lies. But Spielberg’s film ignores the fact that there was abundant evidence of deceit long before these newspapers decided to publish the Pentagon Papers in June of 1971.
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Women’s History and the Zinn Education Project

Radio Broadcast How did the 8-hour work day come about? Do local students know about Lucy Parsons and the first May Day (in 1886)? Do you? Women played important roles in labor history, but their perspectives are sometimes overlooked. In honor of women’s history month, the Zinn Education Project (ZEP) has just released new resources... Read more »
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Forgotten in the classroom: The Reconstruction era

By Bill Bigelow It’s impossible to walk away from the film without understanding that at the heart of the struggle over the Pentagon Papers was the exposure of government lying about the war in Vietnam. The film offers papers like the New York Times and the Washington Post a warm pat on the back for publishing the Pentagon Papers and exposing these lies. But Spielberg’s film ignores the fact that there was abundant evidence of deceit long before these newspapers decided to publish the Pentagon Papers in June of 1971.
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A People’s Website

Many of us adult educators are familiar with Howard Zinn, the revolutionary historian who wrote “A People’s History of the United States,” and “A Young People’s History of the United States.” If you are a teacher who has enjoyed using excerpts from Zinn’s books in class, you will love this website, with lots of free... 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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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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Choosing an Alternative to Honoring Christopher Columbus

It’s old news, so to speak, about Christopher Columbus. The Genoese explorer received his commission and subsidy from the Spanish monarchs who also brought the Inquisition to Castile and Aragón—as well as to Spanish possessions ranging from the Netherlands and Naples, the Canary Islands, and after Columbus, the Americas as well. As a result of... 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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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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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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