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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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  • Burning Tulsa: The Legacy of Black Dispossession

    By Linda Christensen, 2013

    The term “race riot” does not adequately describe the events of May 31-June 1, 1921 in Greenwood, a Black neighborhood in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In fact, the term itself implies that both blacks and whites might be equally to blame for the lawlessness and violence. The historical record documents a sustained and murderous assault on black lives and property. This assault was met by a brave but unsuccessful armed defense of their community by some black World War I veterans and others.

  • Students Learn Hidden History of Reconstruction | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    Students Learn Hidden History of Reconstruction

    We’ve been excited to hear from teachers about the impact of the using the role play “Reconstructing the South: A Role Play” by Bill Bigelow. Many of the comments provide insights into the “a-ha’s” students have as a result of studying the Reconstruction era and its meaning today.

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  • People's history books sent to Arizona | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    Teacher Donates People’s History Books to Arizona Schools

    Howard Johnson was angry when he read about racist taunts at a basketball game at Red Mountain High School in Mesa, Arizona, in early February. But he was not sure what he could do to help students learn to treat each other with respect until he read about the Howard Zinn book drive in Arkansas.

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