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    • The People vs. Columbus, et al.

    • Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow. 8 pages.
      Role play in the form of a trial to determine who is responsible for the death of millions of Tainos on the island of Hispaniola in the late 15th century.

    • Resource Types: Spanish/Bilingual, Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: Colonization: 1492 - 1764 | Themes: Imperialism, Native American | Reading Levels: High School
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    • Coal, Chocolate Chip Cookies, and Mountaintop Removal

    • Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow. 15 pages.
      A lesson examining the motives, goals, and environmental consequences of the coal mining industry.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: 2001 - Present, 21st Century | Themes: Environment & Food | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, High School
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    • The Truth About Helen Keller

    • Article for Teachers and High School Students. By Ruth Shagoury. 6 pages.
      A review of children’s picture books about the life of Helen Keller reveals the omission of any description of her active role in key social movements of the 20th century.

    • Resource Types: Articles | Time Periods: World War I: 1910 - 1919, 20th Century | Themes: Disability, Education, Women's History | Reading Levels: Adult, Grades 3-5, High School
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    • Lawrence, 1912: The Singing Strike

    • Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow and Norm Diamond. 18 pages.
      Role play on the 1912 Bread and Roses strike in Lawrence, Mass.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: World War I: 1910 - 1919, 20th Century | Themes: Art & Music, Labor, Organizing, Women's History | Reading Levels: High School
    • A few of the unsung heroes featured in a lesson available online. Portraits from Americans Who Tell the Truth.
    • Unsung Heroes: Encouraging Students to Appreciate Those Who Fought for Social Justice

    • Teaching Activity. Essay by Howard Zinn and lesson by Bill Bigelow. 11 pages.
      Students research and share stories about unsung heroes in U.S. history.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: All US History | Themes: Civil Rights Movements, Organizing, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements, Women's History | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, High School
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    • ‘What We Want, What We Believe’: Teaching with the Black Panthers’ Ten Point Program

    • Teaching Activity. By Wayne Au. 7 pages.
      The author describes how he used a study of the Black Panther’s Ten Point Program to help students assess issues in their own communities and to develop Ten Point Programs of their own.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, 20th Century | Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Organizing, Racism & Racial Identity | Reading Levels: High School
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    • A Lesson on the Japanese American Internment

    • Teaching Activity. By Mark Sweeting. 4 pages.
      How one teacher engaged his students in a critical examination of the language used in textbooks to describe the internment.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944, 20th Century | Themes: Asian American, Democracy & Citizenship, Education, Laws & Citizen Rights, Racism & Racial Identity, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements | Reading Levels: High School
    • A People's History for the Classroom
    • A People's History For the Classroom

    • Teaching Guide. By Bill Bigelow. 2008.120 pages.
      Lessons to introduce students to a more accurate, complex, and engaging understanding of U.S. history than is found in traditional textbooks and curricula. Published by Rethinking Schools.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Guides | Time Periods: All US History | Themes: Education |
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    • Beyond Heroes and Holidays

    • Teaching Guide. Edited by Enid Lee, Deborah Menkart and Margo Okazawa-Rey. 2006. 436 pages. Guide for teachers, administrators, and parents shows how teach from a multicultural perspective that goes beyond the superficial “heroes and holidays” approach.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Guides | Reading Levels: Adult
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    • A People's History of the United States: 1492 - Present

    • Books – Non-fiction. By Howard Zinn. 2005. 702 pages.
      Howard Zinn’s groundbreaking work on U.S. history. This book details the lives and facts that are rarely included in textbooks — an indispensable teacher and student resource.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Time Periods: Colonization: 1492 - 1764, Revolution & Constitution: 1765 - 1799, Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849, Civil War Era: 1850 - 1864, Reconstruction Period: 1865 - 1876, Industrial Revolution: 1877 - 1899, Turn of the Century: 1900 - 1909, World War I: 1910 - 1919, Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944, Cold War: 1945 - 1960, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, Post-Civil Rights Era: 1975 - 2000, 2001 - Present, All US History | Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Democracy & Citizenship, Economics, Education, Immigration, Imperialism, Labor, Laws & Citizen Rights, Native American, Organizing, Racism & Racial Identity, Slavery, Social Class, US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements, Women's History | Reading Levels: Adult, High School
    • The People Speak-Extended Version DVD
    • The People Speak - Extended Edition - DVD

    • Film. Directed by Howard Zinn, Chris Moore, and Anthony Arnove. 2009. 110 minutes.
      Dramatic readings and performances based on Voices of a People’s History and A People’s History of the United States.

    • Resource Types: Films | Time Periods: All US History | Themes: Democracy & Citizenship, Labor, Organizing, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements, Women's History | Reading Levels: Adult, Grades 6-8, High School
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