On December 2, the Zinn Education Project hosted a packed house for the first-ever People’s History Trivia Night. Scheduled during the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) conference being held in Washington, D.C., this fundraising event brought together people’s history teachers and friends from around the country including Hawai’i, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, New Mexico, and North Carolina. It was a lively night of laughing and sharing as everyone enjoyed themselves while learning non-trivial people’s history. The evening raised more than $1,300 for the Zinn Education Project.
The Zinnstorians won with a score of 430 out of 450 points. Prizes given out throughout the night included free appetizers, a deluxe edition of A People’s History of the United States, Howard Zinn Speaks, Hands on the Freedom Plow, Not Just a Game, and, for the winning team, custom medals.
Contestants formed teams, created team names, and responded to a series of questions. Team names included A Tribe Called Zinn, Zinnias, Trailblazers, One of Us Is Not a Teacher, and the Know-Nothings.
There were three rounds of 10 questions and a final betting round of five questions with themes including Sports, Culture, Education, and Resistance.
The event was co-sponsored by and held at Busboys and Poets (14&V). Teaching for Change staff organized the event with Allyson Criner Brown serving as MC.
We hope to package this and have People’s History Trivia Nights take place around the country. Stay tuned!
Below are a few of the questions from trivia night (answers are at the bottom of the page).