Adam Sanchez

Articles and lessons by Adam Sanchez. Sanchez is a U.S. history teacher at Harvest Collegiate High School in New York City and is an editor of Rethinking Schools magazine. This year he is on leave from teaching to work as a Zinn Education Project organizer and curriculum writer.

Teen Vogue: ‘Abraham Lincoln and Civil War Myths, Explained’
By | November 3, 2017

Time to learn the truth
By Adam Sanchez
Earlier this week, Trump’s chief of staff, John Kelly, stated on Fox News that Confederate General Robert E. Lee was an “honorable man” who fought “for his state” and that “the lack of an ability to compromise . . . on both sides” led to the Civil War.

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When Black Lives Mattered: Why Teach Reconstruction
By | January 9, 2018

Article. By Adam Sanchez. 2017. If We Knew Our History series.
Reconstruction, the era immediately following the Civil War and emancipation, is full of stories that help us see the possibility of a future defined by racial equity. Though often overlooked in classrooms across the country, Reconstruction was a period where the impossible suddenly became possible.

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Taking the Fight Against White Supremacy into Schools
By | October 10, 2017

Article. By Adam Sanchez. If We Knew Our History series. 2017.
As teachers address current events involving racist attacks and murders, these stories need to center racism and oppression as crucial to the development of the country, and also acknowledge those who have fought and died fighting racism and oppression.

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Moral Monday March, 2013. Image: twbuckner/Flickr

What Happened to the Civil Rights Movement After 1965? Don’t Ask Your Textbook
By | June 14, 2016

Article. By Adam Sanchez. If We Knew Our History series. 2016.
Too often, students are taught that the Civil Rights Movement ended in 1965 with passage of the Voting Rights Act. It didn’t. Adam Sanchez argues that it is essential to teach the long, grassroots history of the Civil Rights Movement in order to help students think about today’s movements for racial justice.

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What We Don’t Learn About the Black Panther Party—but Should
By | October 10, 2017

Article. By Adam Sanchez and Jesse Hagopian. If We Knew Our History series. 2016.
The local organizing that Black Panthers engaged in — giving the poor access to decent housing, health care, education, and much more — has been erased in the textbooks, yet it is precisely what won them such widespread support.

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Greed as a Weapon: Teaching the Other Iraq War (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History

Greed as a Weapon: Teaching the Other Iraq War
By | October 27, 2014

Teaching Activity. By Adam Sanchez. 14 pages.
A role play investigating the economic consequences of the U.S. occupation of Iraq.

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Tè Tremblé: An Unnatural Disaster: A Trial Role Play Probes the Roots of Devastation in Haiti (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History

Tè Tremblé: An Unnatural Disaster: A Trial Role Play Probes the Roots of Devastation in Haiti
By | November 11, 2014

Teaching Activity. By Adam Sanchez. 12 pages.
A trial role play asks students to question the role played by the U.S. government and other international actors in the 2010 earthquake.

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