The Zinn Education Project was inspired by a scene from the documentary You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train, in which Howard Zinn is speaking to high school students in Chicago about American history, and by a donor’s own experience of having Zinn as a professor. The donor wanted to honor Howard Zinn’s extraordinary contributions to the field of promoting “a people’s history,” and in particular his book A People’s History of the United States, which has sold more than 2 million copies and has been translated into many languages. Through this project we also seek to highlight the many resources on people’s history – including those published before and after A People’s History of the United States.
There are a number of national and regional organizations with email lists and conferences that provide opportunities to meet other progressive educators. These include:
A people’s history requires a people’s pedagogy to match. The teaching activities feature strategies that illustrate how a people’s history can be brought to life in the classroom. They are comprised of reflections on teaching about a people’s history, lessons, and critical reviews of literature. All of the suggested lessons have been used in classrooms and revised over time.
We welcome the contribution from teachers and educators of classroom-tested teaching activities. Please send an overview description and sample of your teaching activity to: email@example.com
We can use support in numerous ways. Please see our Support page to find out how.
Howard Zinn answers this and other commonly asked questions about teaching a people’s history in this printed interview. The questions include:
In addition to the books and films referenced on this website, you can visit: