Students gain an appreciation for history after learning there’s more to the story
Published on November 21, 2017 in The Washington Post

Columbus discovered America. Pilgrims were loyal friends to Native Americans. The relationship between John Smith and Pocahontas was a love story with a happy ending.

Like many of us, 16-year-old Tori Blakeney accepted those accounts as truths.

At the Capital City Public Charter High School in the District, where she is an 11th-grader, such “truths” have given way to a new reality. Students are getting to see history from the perspective of people and groups who are often left out of the traditional American narrative — African Americans, Hispanics, Asians and women, among others.

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Zinn is ‘In’ Again
Published on April 23, 2017 in Intellectual Freedom Blog

The latest controversy over Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States, brought on by proposed legislation from Arkansas State Rep. Kim Hendren, is at an end. The bill died in committee, so Zinn — and everything by or about him — is still allowed (by state law anyway) in Arkansas public school curricula.

It is heartening that, in response to their pleas for help, more than 700 Arkansas teachers and school librarians received free copies of Zinn’s books from the Zinn Education Project. Donations to support the project came in from across the nation. Ironically, at least some of the educators who received copies of Zinn’s works might never have included him in their studies of American history had this bill not called attention to him.

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Attempted Ban of Howard Zinn’s Books Defeated in Arkansas
Published on April 7, 2017 in Book Riot

A proposed bill in Arkansas, sponsored by Rep. Kim Hendren, which would ban not only every book written by Howard Zinn but also all material referencing Zinn’s books, was put to rest by the Arkansas House’s education committee. The bill was one page, too broad, and hard to defend even for Rep. Kim Hendren who has said that the point of the bill was more to, “spark a conversation and debate.” A conversation was certainly sparked as educators and students alike rose up to defend Zinn’s books and demand an education that viewed history with eyes wide open to the misdeeds and terrible truths that societies have been built upon. According to Arkansas Times, about 700 copies of Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States were sent to librarians and teachers throughout Arkansas as a response to the bill. The Zinn Education Projectreceived a boost in donations so they could continue to send Zinn’s books to schools and libraries that wanted them.

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Kim Hendren’s Howard Zinn ban dies unceremoniously in the Arkansas state legislature. SAD!
Published on April 7, 2017 in Melville House

Several weeks ago we wrote about an effort by Arkansas state representative Kim Hendren to ban the works of legendary progressive historian Howard Zinn from classrooms and curricula throughout the state. Today, we’re happy to report that, according to Bill Bigelow (co-director of the Zinn Education Project), that legislation has been quashed by the House’s education committee.

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Arkansas Legislator Pushes to Ban Books by historian Howard Zinn’s from Public Schools
Published on April 6, 2017 in Project Censored

In March of 2017, Arkansas Representative Kim Hendren introduced House Bill 1834 to the state assembly which sought to ban any works written by, or relating to, historian Howard Zinn. The bill is entitled “An Act to Prohibit a Public School District or Open-Enrollment Public Charter School from Including in its Curriculum or Course Materials for a Program of Study Books or Any Other Material Authored by or Concerning Howard Zinn; And for Other Purposes.”

As a result of the proposed bill, more than 700 teachers and school librarians have requested Zinn’s books and the Zinn Education Project has been filling these orders free of cost.

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Arkansas’ Howard Zinn Witch Hunt Fizzles
Published on April 4, 2017 in

Last week nearly 700 Arkansas teachers and school librarians received copies of books by Howard Zinn — thanks to a right-wing state representative.

Well, not exactly. But here’s the story.

Recently, Republican Kim Hendren, introduced legislation that would prohibit teachers in all public schools or state-supported charter schools from including any books in their curriculum by — or even “concerning” — the historian Howard Zinn, author of the classic A People’s History of the United States, who died in 2010.

In response, the Zinn Education Project — a collaboration between Rethinking Schools and Teaching for Change, which I co-direct — offered to send free copies of a Howard Zinn book and A People’s History for the Classroom lessons to any Arkansas middle or high school teacher or school librarian requesting them.

In just a few days, we were flooded with requests. Many of them came accompanied by poignant notes about why people were eager to get the materials.

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Pending legislation in Arkansas would erase Howard Zinn from the history books
Published on March 10, 2017 in Melville House

In Arkansas this week, lawmakers are considering a proposed amendment to the state code outlawing the use of historian Howard Zinn’s work in public school curricula statewide… whatever criticisms might be leveled against A People’s History, I’d like to think that most of us would agree that the slaughtered and mutilated of history deserve to have their story told.

Advocates at the Zinn Education Project, an initiative of the DC-based nonprofit Teaching for Change and the Milwaukee-based education publisher Rethinking Schoolscertainly think so, which is why they’re gathering quotes from Arkansas teachers protesting the legislation and collecting funds to distribute copies of A People’s History to any teacher asking for one.

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Arkansas Lawmaker Introduces Bill To Ban Howard Zinn Books From Schools
Published on March 8, 2017 in wbur 90.9

Arkansas lawmakers are considering a bill to ban books in public schools that were written by historian Howard Zinn.

The best-selling author is known for “A People’s History of the United States,” which was first published in 1980. Zinn’s critics call him a radical liberal.

Adam Kirby teaches social studies at Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas and uses Zinn’s lessons in his classroom. Here & Now’s Robin Young speaks with Kirby about the need to defend the author’s work.

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Zinn Education Project e-Newsletters
May 2017
Bringing People’s History Resources to U.S. Classrooms
 July 2017
Let’s transform the teaching of history
August 2017
Fighting for Okinawa—My Home, Not a Military Base
August 2017
Taking the Fight Against White Supremacy into Schools
February 2017
Five Myths About Reconstruction | Book Giveaway
March 2017
Fight the Censorship of Howard Zinn in Arkansas Schools
March 2017
Real Irish American Story Not Taught in Schools
 April 2017
Victory: Arkansas’ Howard Zinn Witch-hunt Fizzles
January 2017
New Lesson: Standing with Standing Rock
January 2017
New Lesson: Reconstructing the South
February 2017
Tackling the Headlines: Teaching Humanity and History
February 2017
Teach Students to Question the President
 2016 December 2016
Students tell a different story
December 2016
Teaching People’s History Is More Urgent
December 2016
From Howard Zinn’s Daughter
November 2016
Howard Zinn on the Election of Trump
November 2016
Abolish Columbus Day Movement Surges | New How-to Guide | D.C. Trivia Night
December 2016
Get your t-shirt supporting people’s history!
 December 2016
Three Big Hits: Social Studies Conference, Trivia Night, and People’s History T-shirts
August 2016
People’s History Tool Kit: Resources for Teaching Outside the Textbook
September 2016
Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples — Abolish Columbus Day!
October 2016
Support Indigenous Rights: Abolish Columbus Day
 October 2016
What We Don’t Learn About the Black Panther Party—but Should
May 2016
Asian Americans in People’s History | 60,000 Teaching Outside the Textbook
 June 2016
What Happened to the Civil Rights Movement After 1965? Don’t Ask Your Textbook
 June 2016
A Stronger Community Thanks to You | Limbaugh Attacks | Abolish Columbus Day
 July 2016
To You from Howard Zinn’s Daughter, Myla Kabat-Zinn
February 2016
Rethinking Presidents’ Day | Black History Origins and Figures
 March 2016
The FBI’s War on the Civil Rights Movement | Book Winners
 March 2016
Textbook Fail: The social forces that starved the Irish | Popular Lessons
 March 2016
New Lessons to Bring People’s History and Current Events to the Classroom
2015 December 2015
Your Support is Needed to Bring People’s History to the Classroom
December 2015
“My compass in a sea of textbooks”
December 2015
More teachers than ever teach people’s history
November 2015
One week left! Your chance to win a class set of books
December 2015
Climate Justice: In Paris and In Our Classrooms
 December 2015
Let’s transform the teaching of history
 December 2015
Teaching people’s history and you
 September 2015
Pope Francis: System Change, Not Climate Change
October 2015
Time to Abolish Columbus Day
 November 2015
Good News from the Zinn Education Project
 November 2015
Your chance to win a class set of books!
July 2015
The Confederacy: Fact and Fiction
August 2015
From the Bomb to the Vote: Anniversaries of Hiroshima and the Voting Rights Act
August 2015
People’s History Tool Kit—Resources for Teaching Outside the Textbook
September 2015
Constitution Day: Students deserve a critical and honest exploration
May 2015
Rethinking Cinco de Mayo | Mother’s Day for Peace
May 2015
Stealing Home: New Lessons on Race and Displacement | Memorial Day Origins and Meaning
 June 2015
Spring 2015 Update
 June 2015
50,000 Teachers Strong and Counting
March 2015
New Lessons on the Environment | Selma | Women’s History Month
March 2015
Irish American History Not Taught in Schools | People’s History Artists | Women in Labor History
March 2015
Lying About the California Missions and the Indians
 April 2015
Camouflaging the Vietnam War | Classroom Lessons for Earth Day | New from Rethinking Schools
January 2015
Ten Things You Should Know About Selma Before You See the Film
January 2015
‘A Revolution of Values’ by Martin Luther King Jr.
January 2015
Five Years Later: Honoring Howard Zinn’s Legacy of Teaching and Activism
February 2015
Missing from President’s Day: The People They Enslaved | Black History Resources | Thank You Donors | Conferences
 2014 December 2014
10,000 More Teachers in One Year
December 2014
Keep ‘Koch’ Out of Our Schools
 December 2014
Your Support is Needed to Bring People’s History to the Classroom
 December 2014
44,500 Teachers and Growing — Support Teaching Outside the Textbook
December 2014
Reach Thousands More Teachers and Students in 2015
September 2014
People’s History Tool Kit—Resources for Teaching Outside the Textbook
September 2014
“This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed” | Banned Books Week | Celebrate People’s History
October 2014
Abolish Columbus Day
November 2014
Koch Brothers in the Classroom | See You at NCSS | This Changes Everything | Ferguson
June 2014
Zinn Papers Dedication, NCSS, New Resources, and More!
July 2014
Rethinking the 4th of July
August 2014
‘Is This America?’: Sharecroppers Challenge U.S. Apartheid, LBJ, and the Nation
 August 2014
‘To live in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory’; Celebrating Howard Zinn’s Birthday
May 2014
Japanese Internment, Brown v. Board of Education, and Featured Resources
May 2014
Burning Tulsa: The Legacy of Black Dispossession
 June 2014
Textbooks Miss the Forgotten Fight Against Fascism
 June 2014
How Not to Teach About the Iraq War
April 2014
A People’s History of Muslims in the United States
 April 2014
An Earth Day Message: Take Heart from the Abolition Movement
May 2014
Resources for Teaching About May Day
 May 2014
Rethinking Cinco de Mayo
January 2014
‘Keep Fighting the Good Fight’
January 2014
‘The exhilaration of standing with other people’—Remembering Howard Zinn
February 2014
Missing from Presidents’ Day: The People They Enslaved
March 2014
‘Power In Our Hands’ and Labor Resources – Zinn Education Project News
2013 December 2013
Howard Zinn: “I wanted to change the world.”
December 2013
In Honor Family That Makes History
October 2013
‘The Threat of a Good Example’: The Invasion of Grenada
November 2013
Defending Howard Zinn | See You in St. Louis | Howard Zinn, Presente
December 2013
A ‘People’s History’ of 2013
December 2013
A Letter from Howard Zinn’s Daughter
September 2013
People’s History Tool Kit — Resources for Teaching Outside the Textbook
September 2013
It’s Constitution Day: Time to Teach History or Obedience?
September 2013
Banned Books Week: People’s History Under Attack
October 2013
Challenging Censorship, Amplifying Voices: Green Feather Movement, Columbus, and Conferences
July 2013
Rethinking the Fourth of July
July 2013
Indiana’s Anti-Zinn Witch Hunt
August 2013
Tribute to Howard Zinn, Our Favorite Teacher
August 2013
Claiming and Teaching the 1963 March on Washington
April 2013
New, Improved, and Enhanced Zinn Education Project — Plus Much More!
April 2013
An Earth Day Message: Take Heart from the Abolition Movement
May 2013
Burned Out of Homes and History — Tulsa Race Riot Anniversary
June 2013
Camouflaging the Vietnam War: How Textbooks Continue to Keep the Pentagon Papers a Secret
January 2013
Honor Howard Zinn’s Life by Teaching People’s History
January 2013
The Poison We Never Talk About in School
February 2013
Reflections on Black History Month, At the Oscars, and Fellow Workers by Howard Zinn
March 2013
Ten Years After: How Not to Teach About the Iraq War
2012 December 2012
Your Support is Needed to Bring People’s History to the Classroom
December 2012
Rethinkin’ Lincoln on the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation
December 2012
10,000 More Teachers in 2012—You Can Help Reach Thousands More in 2013
December 2012
26,000 Teachers Growing — Support Teaching Outside the Textbook
September 2012
It’s Constitution Day! Time to Teach Obedience or History?
October 2012
It’s Columbus Day — Time to Break the Silence
October 2012
See You at the Seattle NCSS
November 2012
Stealing and Selling Nature: Why We Need to Reclaim “the Commons” in the Curriculum
June 2012
Who Stole Helen Keller?
July 2012
Rethinking the 4th of July
July 2012
Fists of Freedom: An Olympic Story Not Taught in Schools
August 2012
Howard Zinn at 90, Lessons from the People’s Historian, Find Us at NCSS, More Conferences, New Books
January/February 2012
Honoring Howard Zinn’s Legacy
April 2012
Earth Day Column on Huffington Post
April 2012
Mexican American Studies, New Resources, Upcoming Conferences, Storycorps, and More
May 2012
Untold Story for Classrooms about WWII Internment
2011 December 2011
Highlights of the Zinn Room Dedication
December 2011
Smashing Success at NCSS
May 2011
Inspiring Bill Moyers Interview of Howard Zinn
September 2011
Zinn Room Dedication Invite
September 2011
Upcoming conferences
October 2011
Letter from Myla Kabat-Zinn
January 2011
Honoring Howard Zinn’s Life and Legacy
February/March 2011
Women’s History, Wisconsin, and Vietnam
April 2011
Solidarity! Resources at the Zinn Education Project
August 2011
Ten New Teaching Activities and Upcoming Events Not to Be Missed!
2010 March 2010
Free Sets of People’s History of the United States for 20 Teachers
July 2010
Teaching Outside the Textbook in the News, The People Speak Live! at NCORE, Yes! Magazine, A People’s Celebration of Howard Zinn in Boston
October 2010
Classroom Lessons on Whistleblowing, Ellsberg, Vietnam, and the Pentagon Papers
December 2010
Teaching Outside the Textbook in 2010
January 2010
Submit Questions for “Ask Howard”
February 2010
We Salute Howard Zinn, The People’s Historian, 1922-2010
2009 February 2009
Howard Zinn at NCSS and D.C., Survey Response, New Website Coming
June 2009
ZEP 2.0 in Process, Zinn on Democracy Now!, Free Event in D.C.
December 2009
ZEP 2.0 in Beta, The People Speak Broadcasting on TV, Ask Howard Hour, New from Rethinking Schools
December 2009
ZEP 2.0 in Beta, Ask Howard Hour, Become a Fan on Facebook, New from Rethinking Schools, New from Teaching for Change
Selected Workshops and Presentations

March 30, 2017: Standing with Standing Rock: A Role Play on the Dakota Access Pipeline. Facilitated by Faye Colon and Andy Paparella, middle school teachers, and Deborah Menkart, Teaching for Change executive director. Read more.

March 4, 2017: A People’s Curriculum for the Earth Workshop. Facilitated by Bill Bigelow and Tim Swinhart in Portland, Oregon.

April 9, 2016: A People’s Curriculum for the Earth Workshop. Facilitated by Bill Bigelow in Washington, D.C.

March 19, 2016:  NYCORE. “The Abolitionists: Exploring the Movement that Ended Slavery” facilitated by Adam Sanchez and “Sharecroppers Challenge U.S. Apartheid” facilitated by Deborah Menkart.

March 5, 2016: A People’s Curriculum for the Earth Workshop. Facilitated by Bill Bigelow in San Francisco.

December, 2014: This Change Everything Writing Retreat. Convened 20 teachers for the Zinn Education Project/This Changes Everything writing retreat weekend near Portland, Oregon, led by Rethinking Schools editors Linda Christensen and Bill Bigelow. Read more.

Apr. 28, 2014: Howard Zinn Paper Dedication at NYU. Workshop by Deborah Menkart, Julian Hipkins III, Katy Swalwell, and moderated by Carl Mirra. Opening comments by Alice Walker. Read more.

Nov. 18, 2012. NCSS. “Rethinking the Line Between Us: Teaching the War with Mexico Workshop” by Bill Bigelow.

Nov. 16, 2012. NCSS. Film Screening and Award Presentation with Sean Arce.

June 1, 2012. NCORE.  A joint Democracy Now! and Zinn Education Project workshop called “Teaching a People’s History, Teaching Democracy Now!: Role Play on the Climate Crisis and Online Resources for Critical Media Literacy.”  Read description.

April 21, 2012. Oregon NAME. Workshop by Bill Bigelow.

August 4-7, 2011. Transforming Education & Our World: 8th Annual Alternative Education Resource Organization (AERO) Conference in Portland, Oregon. The conference included three workshops on people’s history topics: Teaching diverse Middle School students empowering ways to explore racism in history (Moé Yonamine); Indigenous Peoples Confront the Climate Crisis (Tim Swinehart); and Rethinking the Line Between Us (Bill Bigelow)

June 4, 2010. National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education. People Speak Performance with Voices of a People’s History.

May 15, 2010. A People’s Celebration of Howard Zinn. Speech by Lauren Cooper about the Zinn Education Project.

April 23-24, 2010, Urban Sites Conference, Portland, Oregon. The People Speak: Illuminating Primary Source Documents to Promote Literacy and Activism – and – Rethinking the Line Between Us: Bringing History to Life in the Classroom.

March 20, 2010. NYCORE Conference, New York. Bringing People’s History to Life in the Classroom: In Honor of Howard Zinn (1922-2010) with Voices of a People’s History.

March 13, 2010. Literacy for Social Justice Teacher Research Group. St. Louis, MO. Teaching People’s History with You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train film viewing and discussion.

Selected List of Displays at Conferences and Other Public Events


National Council for the Social Studies Conference (Washington, D.C.)


National Council for the Social Studies Conference (New Orleans, LA)

Lessons of Vietnam: The Power of Protest (Washington, D.C.)


Teachers for Social Justice – Bay Area (San Francisco, CA)

Northwest Teachers for Social Justice (Portland, OR)

National Association for Multicultural Education (Tucson, AZ)

National Council for the Social Studies Conference (Boston, MA)


KIDD Literacy Conference (La Cruces, NM)
New York Collective of Radical Educators (New York, NY)
Free Minds, Free People Conference (Chicago, IL)
National Council for the Social Studies Conference (St. Louis, MO)


National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education (New York, NY)
National Council for the Social Studies (Seattle, WA)
New York Collective of Radical Educators (New York, NY)
Oregon NAME


American Historical Association (Boston, MA)
Anti-racist/Anti-bias Teaching Conference (Milwaukee, WI)
ASCD (San Francisco, CA)
National Association for Multicultural Education (Chicago, IL)
Northwest Teachers for Social Justice (Seattle, WA)
Teachers for Social Justice (San Francisco, CA)


American Education Research Association National Conference (Denver, CO)
Anti-racist/Anti-bias Teaching Conference (Milwaukee, WI)
Coalition for Community Schools National Conference (Philadelphia, PA)
Literacy for Social Justice Teacher Research Group Curriculum Fair (St. Louis, MO)
National Association for Multicultural Education (Las Vegas, NV)
National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education (National Harbor, MD)
National Council for the Social Studies (Denver, CO)
New York Collective of Radical Educators (New York, NY)
Oakland History Day Fair – Celebrating Everyday Heroes in History (Oakland, CA)
Organization of American Historians National Conference and Commemoration of Howard Zinn (Washington, DC)
Philadelphia Social Justice Curriculum Fair (Philadelphia, PA)
Ridenhour Award Ceremony (Washington, DC)
Teachers for Social Justice conferences in Chicago, IL; San Francisco, CA; and Portland, OR
Urban Sites Conference of the National Writing Project (Portland, OR)
US Social Forum National Conference (Detroit, MI)
Wisconsin Social Studies Conference (Madison, WI)
White Privilege Conference (La Crosse, WI)