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About Howard Zinn

I can UNDERSTAND pessimism, but I don't BELIEVE in it. It's not simply a matter of faith, but of historical EVIDENCE. Not overwhelming evidence, just enough to give HOPE, because for hope we don't need certainty, only POSSIBILITY.

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    Missing from Presidents’ Day: The People They Enslaved

    By Clarence Lusane
    Schools across the country are adorned with posters of the 44 U.S. presidents and the years they served in office. U.S. history textbooks describe the accomplishments and challenges of the major presidential administrations—George Washington had the Revolutionary War, Abraham Lincoln the Civil War, Teddy Roosevelt the Spanish-American War, and so on. Children’s books put students on a first-name basis with the presidents, engaging readers with stories of their dogs in the Rose Garden or childhood escapades. Nowhere in all this information is there any mention of the fact that more than one in four U.S. presidents were involved in human trafficking and slavery.

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    Feb. 7, 1926: Carter G. Woodson Launches Negro History Week

    This crusade is much more important than the anti-lynching movement, because there would be no lynching if it did not start in the schoolroom.
    —Carter G. Woodson

    On Feb. 7, 1926, Carter G. Woodson, initiated the first celebration of Negro History Week which led to Black History Month, to extend and deepen the study and scholarship on African American history, all year long.

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  • In 1960, Friendship College students march for civil rights outside of McCrory's (now called the Five & Dine), where the Friendship Nine would later be arrested. Joel Nichols/Pettus Archives, Winthrop University
    Feb. 6, 1961: “Jail, No Bail” in Rock Hill, SC Sit-Ins

    On Feb. 6, 1961, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) sent four volunteers to Rock Hill, SC to sit-in: Charles Sherrod, Charles Jones, Diane Nash, Ruby Doris Smith-Robinson. They were sentenced to 30 days. This followed a sit-in a week earlier when 10 African American students in Rock Hill were arrested for requesting service at a segregated lunch counter. Saying “Jail, No Bail,” both groups refused to post bail and demanded jail time.

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