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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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  • Presidents and Slaves: Helping Students Find the Truth (Lesson) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    Missing from Presidents’ Day: The People They Enslaved

    By Clarence Lusane
    Schools across the country are adorned with posters of the 44 U.S. presidents and the years they served in office. U.S. history textbooks describe the accomplishments and challenges of the major presidential administrations—George Washington had the Revolutionary War, Abraham Lincoln the Civil War, Teddy Roosevelt the Spanish-American War, and so on. Children’s books put students on a first-name basis with the presidents, engaging readers with stories of their dogs in the Rose Garden or childhood escapades. Nowhere in all this information is there any mention of the fact that more than one in four U.S. presidents were involved in human trafficking and slavery.

  • NPR Segment on Teaching About Slavery Features Zinn Education Project

    Tune into the 1A radio show on Monday, February 19 at 11 AM EST for “How Do You Teach Slavery?” which focuses on a new report from the Southern Poverty Law Center called “Teaching Hard History: American Slavery.” The show features Adam Sanchez, Zinn Education Project organizer and curriculum writer.

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  • The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America (Book) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    Free Book Offer: The Color of Law

    How do you teach about housing discrimination in the North? Tell us, using excerpts from Richard Rothstein’s articles or book, The Color of Law, or Linda Christensen’s lesson, “Stealing Home: Eminent Domain, Urban Renewal, and the Loss of Community.”

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