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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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    Rethinking the 4th of July

    “What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July? I answer; a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim.” Frederick Douglass delivered his speech four years after the United States finished its war against Mexico to steal land and spread slavery, five years before the vicious Supreme Court Dred Scott decision, and nine years before the country would explode into civil war. His words call out through the generations to abandon the empty “shout of liberty and equality” on July 4, and to put away the fireworks and flags. In the spirit of Frederick Douglass, the Zinn Education Project urges teachers to use July 4 as a time to rethink how we equip students to reflect on the complicated birth of the United States of America.

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    People’s History of Fourth of July

    This Day in History series we bring you a collection of people’s history stories from July 4: Beyond 1776.
    On July 4, 1827, slavery was abolished in New York, following a gradual emancipation law that went into effect in 1799.

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    Vote for Us on the CREDO Donations Ballot

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    The Zinn Education Project has been selected as one of three organizations to get a donation from CREDO Mobile in July, and your vote determines how much funding we receive — up to $100,000. But voting is only open until July 31st, so don’t delay.

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