Banned Books Week: People’s History Under Attack

While students and teachers testify to the positive impact of people’s history, the right to learn that history has been under frequent attack for the past few years.

The governor of Indiana, now Purdue University president, Mitch Daniels, tried to have Zinn’s work removed from classrooms. Daniels wrote his education lieutenants: “Can someone assure me that is not in use anywhere in Indiana? If it is, how do we get rid of it before more young people are force-fed a totally false version of our history?”

rcStudents in Tucson watched as Rethinking Columbus and other people’s history titles were removed from their classrooms.

Even the American Federation of Teachers published an attack on A People’s History and refused to publish a response.

In each case, the Zinn Education Project has been at the forefront of responding to the attacks. We have played a leading role in making these stories public and defending the rights of teachers and students to teach and learn.

We need your support to continue to defend students and teachers in their fight for academic freedom.

For Banned Books Week (Sept. 27-Oct. 3, 2015), please make a donation to the Zinn Education Project so that young people learn from history about the role they can play in making a better world for us all.