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.
A People’s History of Muslims in the United States
by Alison Kysia
When I teach history related to Islam or Muslims in the United States, I begin by asking students what names they associate with these terms. The list is consistent year after year: Malcolm X, Elijah Muhammad, and Muhammad Ali.
All of these individuals have affected U.S. history in significant ways. If we take a step back and look at the messages these figures communicate about Muslims in U.S. history, we see a story dominated by men and by the Nation of Islam. Although important, focusing solely on these stories leaves us with a skewed view of Muslims in U.S. history. Even these examples are a stretch. Most of my students reference 9/11 as the first time they heard of Muslims.
100th Anniversary of the Ludlow Massacre
April 20, 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the Ludlow Massacre, described by Howard Zinn as “the culminating act of perhaps the most violent struggle between corporate power and laboring men in American history. This was the Colorado coal strike that began in September 1913 and culminated in the ‘Ludlow Massacre’ of April 1914.”
Howard Zinn first learned of the Ludlow Massacre from a song by Woody Guthrie, which Zinn says, “nobody had ever mentioned in any of my history courses, which no textbook of mine had ever mentioned.”
For this 100th anniversary of this major event in labor history, we offer resources to help teach about the Ludlow Massacre including Zinn’s detailed description of the Ludlow strike and massacre, a film clip of Zinn talking about the significance of Ludlow, Guthrie’s song lyrics, and photos.
Letter to the American Federation of Teachers
In December of 2012, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) published “Undue Certainty: Where Howard Zinn’s A People’s History Falls Short” by Sam Wineburg. The article was full of distortions of Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States and went so far as to say that Zinn’s scholarship “invites a slide into intellectual fascism.” Not one teacher nor student was quoted in Wineburg’s article.