A People’s History: Supplement or Textbook?

Essay by Staughton Lynd in response to one of the recent media attacks on Howard Zinn and A People’s History. These attacks include Sam Wineburg’s “Undue Certainty: Where Howard Zinn’s A People’s History Falls Short” in the American Federation of Teachers' American Educator magazine and “Agit-Prof: Howard Zinn's influential mutilations of American history” by David Greenberg in The New Republic.
Continue reading

Women’s Labor Newspaper Digitized

For Women's History Month, we are pleased to share the digitized collection of the Voice of Industry newspaper. The Voice of Industry was a worker-run newspaper, published by young women from 1845-1848, who came to work in the factories in Lowell, Mass. Under the influence of the young labor leader Sarah Bagley, the paper was an uncompromising advocate for women’s rights, publishing pieces about marriage, suffrage, and equality.
Continue reading

The Zinn Education Project at the NCSS Conference in Seattle

The Zinn Education Project had a major presence at the National Council for the Social Studies Conference in Seattle from Nov. 16-18, 2012. Educators from across the country met and talked about teaching people's history. We featured books by Rethinking Schools and Teaching for Change, people's history resources, and a raffle.
Continue reading

Sean Arce Receives Award at National Council for the Social Studies Conference

Seattle, Washington. (November 17, 2012) – The Zinn Education Project presented Mexican American Studies program co-founder Sean Arce with the 2012 Myles Horton* Education Award for Teaching People’s History at the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) conference on Nov. 16, 2012. The NCSS conference is the largest annual convening of social studies teachers in the country. The awards ceremony was attended by many guests of note including 100-year-old Isidore Starr, founder of law related education; Susan Griffin, executive director of NCSS; former NCSS president Syd Golston; Mary Beth Tinker of the landmark Tinker v. Des Moines Supreme Court case; and, most important, Sean Arce’s family. Arce’s parents and two children flew to Seattle for the special occasion.
Continue reading

2012: Woody Guthrie Centennial

Born on July 14, 1912, activist folksinger Woody Guthrie's centennial is in full swing across the country. His family and historians developed a website to make sure that his life and work are honored and can continue to inspire another generation.
Continue reading

Howard Zinn, My Courageous Friend

William Holtzman, a former student of Howard Zinn's, decided 30 years later to help bring Zinn’s work to a new generation of students. He contacted Howard Zinn who put him in touch with Rethinking Schools and Teaching for Change. Together they launched the Zinn Education Project. Ever since, Holtzman has played a key role in the project's funding and outreach. He and Zinn met up again for the first time in 34 years at the National Council for the Social Studies conference in Houston where Zinn gave the closing keynote speech.
Continue reading