Abolish Columbus Day Resources

Abolish Columbus Day Packet | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History

 

Many of these resources are featured in the Abolish Columbus Day packet which is available to download. The packet includes articles, sample resolutions, and a poster. Read more at www.zinnedproject.org/abolish.

 

Lessons

Discovering Columbus: Re-reading the Past (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's HistoryDiscovering Columbus:
Re-reading the Past

How to engage students in a critical analysis of the textbook version of “discovery.”

The People vs. Columbus, et al. (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's HistoryThe People vs. Columbus, et al.

Role play in the form of a trial to determine who is responsible for the death of millions of Taínos on the island of Hispaniola in the late 15th century. Roles available in Spanish.

The Cherokee/Seminole Removal Role Play (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's HistoryThe Cherokee/Seminole
Removal Role Play

Role play on the Cherokee-Seminole removal or Trail of Tears.

Andrew Jackson and the “Children of the Forest (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's HistoryAndrew Jackson and the “Children of the Forest”

A lesson in which students develop critical literacy skills by responding to Andrew Jackson’s speech on “Indian Removal.”

‘Don’t Take Our Voices Away’: A Role Play on the Indigenous Peoples’ Global Summit on Climate Change (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History‘Don’t Take Our Voices Away’: A Role Play on the Indigenous Peoples’ Global Summit on Climate Change

A role play that asks students to develop a list of demands to present to the rest of the world at a climate change meeting.

Dirty Oil and Shovel-Ready Jobs: A Role Play on Tar Sands and the Keystone XL Pipeline (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's HistoryDirty Oil and Shovel-Ready Jobs: A Role Play on Tar Sands and the Keystone XL Pipeline

Role play on the Keystone XL Pipeline battle.

Articles

Columbus Protest | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's HistoryTruth-Telling in American History: Groups Fight for Indigenous Peoples Day

Discusses Indigenous Peoples Day campaigns and the resistance/challenges to overcome.

italians_peopleshistory_200pxwItalian Americans Who
Fought for Justice

Brief bios of people of Italian heritage who were committed to social justice.
Native American Activism: 1960s to Present | Zinn Education ProjectNative American Activism:
1960s to Present

Brief overview and Native American activism since the late 1960s.
Books
Rethinking Columbus: The Next 500 Years (Teaching Guide) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's HistoryRethinking Columbus:
The Next 500 Years

Readings and lessons for grades 5 to 12 about the impact and legacy of the arrival of Columbus in the Americas.

An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States (Book) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's HistoryAn Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States

Four hundred years of Native American history from a bottom-up perspective.

“All the Real Indians Died Off”: And 20 Other Myths About Native Americans (Book) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History“All the Real Indians Died Off”: And 20 Other Myths About Native Americans

Deconstructs persistent myths about American Indians rooted in fear and prejudice—an astute and lively primer of European-Indian relations.

columbushisenterpriseColumbus: His Enterprise

A biography that gives a true account of Columbus’ life and voyages.

Christopher Columbus and the Conquest of Paradise (Book) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's HistoryChristopher Columbus and the Conquest of Paradise

Very detailed, with extensive quotes from far-ranging original sources. Links Columbus’s legacy to environmental degradation.

A People's History of the United States (Book) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's HistoryA People’s History of the United States

A groundbreaking work on U.S. history. This book details lives and facts rarely included in textbooks—an indispensable teacher and student resource.

Films
The Columbus Controversy: Challenging How History Is Written (Film) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History

Contrasting views and scenes from the classroom on teaching about Columbus.
Even the Rain (Film) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History

As a crew shoots a film about Columbus’ genocide, local people in Cochabamba, Bolivia rise up against plans to privatize the water supply.
Unlearning “Indian” Stereotypes (DVD) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
Native American history through the eyes of Native American children.
Websites
American Indians in Children's Literature (Website) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History

Critical perspectives of Indigenous peoples in children’s books, the school curriculum, popular culture, and society-at-large.
In-depth coverage of Native American news.

 

Camp of the Sacred Stones - Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline (Website) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History

News and updates about the resistance effort.
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