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In How the Word Is Passed, Clint Smith explains that one cannot understand United States history without focusing on the centrality of slavery. This history is essential to help our students make sense of the world around them.

At the Zinn Education Project, we offer lessons, discussion questions, and writing prompts to take students deeply into Smith’s brilliant, New York Times best-selling book. We also offer lessons on abolitionists, resistance to enslavement, and the Reconstruction era.


Share a story about using any of these lessons and we’ll send you a book in appreciation. (When you share your story, let us know which of the titles above you would like to receive.)

We are interested in stories about how you have used the lessons as written or how you have adapted them for your students, particularly for elementary or middle school.

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