New and Featured Articles in 2015

Time to Tell the Truth About Slavery at Mount Vernon
By | February 15, 2015

By Sudie Hofmann
At the time of George Washington’s death, the Washingtons enslaved 318 people of African descent at Mount Vernon, according to the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association. But you would not know it from the main tour, nor from the brochure. In fact, most visitors, including schoolchildren, can spend hours admiring the Mount Vernon mansion, fine furniture, and manicured lawns without considering that it was all paid for with forced labor.

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Ten Things You Should Know About Selma Before You See the Film
By | February 17, 2015

Article. By Emilye Crosby. 2015. If We Knew Our History Series.
Too much of what we learn about Selma and the struggle for voting rights focuses on the actions of famous leaders. But there is a “people’s history” of Selma we all can learn from.

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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 | April 18, 2014

Article. By Clarence Lusane. 2014. If We Knew Our History Series.
Textbooks erase enslaved African Americans from the White House and the presidency and present a false portrait of our country’s history.

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Lying to Children About the California Missions and the Indians
By | October 7, 2015

Article. By Deborah A. Miranda. 2015. If We Knew Our History Series.
Despite all that we know about the brutal treatment of Native Americans during the Spanish colonization of California, children are still taught to celebrate the California missions. Deborah A. Miranda of the Ohlone/Costanoan-Esselen Nation of California demands an end to what she calls the Mission Fantasy Fairy Tale.

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Rethinking Cinco de Mayo (Article) - 1901 poster for Cinco de Mayo by Jose Guadalupe Posada | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History

Rethinking Cinco de Mayo
By | June 13, 2013

Article. By Sudie Hoffmann. 2012. If We Knew Our History Series.
The commercialization of Cinco de Mayo perpetuates stereotypes and misconceptions of this holiday that commemorates the defeat of Napoleon III, not Mexico’s Independence Day.

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W. E. B. Du Bois to Malcolm X: The Untold History of the Movement to Ban the Bomb
By | October 7, 2015

Article. By Vincent Intondi. 2015. If We Knew Our History Series.
Intondi states: “African American leaders have long been concerned with broad issues of peace and justice—and have especially opposed nuclear weapons. Unfortunately, this activism is left out of mainstream corporate-produced history textbooks.”

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The Voting Rights Act: Ten Things You Should Know
By | July 26, 2015

Article. By Emilye Crosby and Judy Richardson. 2015.
Key points in the history of the 1965 Voting Rights Act missing from most textbooks.

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