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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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  • The Forgotten Fight Against Fascism

    We revisit William Loren Katz’s article which examines how history textbooks celebrate the U.S. role in World War II—the “Good War.” But they neglect to alert students to the U.S. government’s failure to confront early fascist violence. 

    By William Loren Katz
    Anyone who has gone through school in the United States knows that history textbooks devote a lot of attention to the so-called “Good War”: World War II. Today’s texts acknowledge “blemishes” like the internment of Japanese Americans, but the texts either ignore or gloss over the fact that for almost a decade, during the earliest fascist invasions of Asia, Africa, and Europe, the Western democracies encouraged rather than fought Hitler and Mussolini, and sometimes gave them material aid.

  • Reconstructing the South: A Role Play | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    New Lesson: Reconstructing the South

    In popular culture, the most memorable depiction of Reconstruction was D.W. Griffith’s film, Birth of a Nation. Missing from this racist portrait of Reconstruction — and from too many textbooks — was the extraordinary experiment in grassroots multiracial democracy this period represented — land reform, public schools, expanded voting rights, greater equality.

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  • Standing with Standing Rock: A Role Play on the Dakota Access Pipeline | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    New Lesson: Standing with Standing Rock

    The Zinn Education Project has just posted “Standing with Standing Rock: A Role Play on the Dakota Access Pipeline” by Wolfe-Rocca, her colleague Andrew Duden, and Zinn Education Project co-director Bill Bigelow. The teaching activities help students grasp the issues at stake in the historic struggle of the Standing Rock Sioux for recognition of their treaty rights and for clean water for all.

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