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New York Breadline Feature | Zinn Education Project

What Caused the Great Depression? The Widget Boom Game

By Adam Sanchez

A simulation helps students understand the causes of economic crises.

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Police Tear Gas San Francisco Feature | Zinn Education Project

Who Made the New Deal? The Economic Recovery Conference Role Play

By Adam Sanchez

Through role play, students explore how different social groups influenced New Deal legislation.

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Sylvia McAdam (photo) | Zinn Education Project

Meet Today’s Climate Justice Activists: A mixer on the people saving the world

By Matt Reed and Tim Swinehart

Students learn the names and stories of dozens of climate justice activists.

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How Red Lines Built White Wealth: A Lesson on Housing Segregation in the 20th Century

By Ursula Wolfe-Rocca

The mixer role play is based on Richard Rothstein’s The Color of Law, which shows in exacting detail how government policies segregated every major city in the United States with dire consequences for African Americans.

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Deportations on Trial: Mexican Americans During the Great Depression

By Ursula Wolfe-Rocca

In this role play students analyze who is to blame for the illegal, mass deportations of Mexican Americans and immigrants during the Great Depression.

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Reconstruction Mixer Collage (Updated) | Zinn Education Project

When the Impossible Suddenly Became Possible: A Reconstruction Mixer

By Adam Sanchez and Nqobile Mthethwa

A mixer role play that explores the connections between different social movements during Reconstruction.

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What We Don’t Learn About the Black Panther Party — but Should

 By Adam Sanchez and Jesse Hagopian

A mixer role play that introduces students to the inspiring and largely untold history of the Black Panthers.

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Teaching SNCC: The Organization at the Heart of the Civil Rights Revolution

By Adam Sanchez

A series of role plays that explore the history and evolution of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.

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COINTELPRO: Teaching the FBI’s War on the Black Freedom Movement

By Ursula Wolfe-Rocca
Through examining FBI documents, students learn the scope of the FBI’s COINTELPRO campaign to spy on, infiltrate, discredit, and disrupt all corners of the Black Freedom Movement.
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People’s Climate March, 2014, by Joe Brusky | Zinn Education Project

Teaching Blockadia: How the Movement Against Fossil Fuels Is Changing the World

By Bill Bigelow, Adam Sanchez, and Tim Swinehart
A role-play activity engages students in building solidarity among different groups and organizations fighting fossil fuels and searching for alternatives.
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