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.

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

By Adam Sanchez
Fifty years ago this week, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee chairperson Stokely Carmichael made the famous call for “Black Power.” Carmichael’s speech came in the midst of the “March Against Fear,” a walk from Memphis, Tennessee, to Jackson, Mississippi, to encourage African Americans to use their newly won right to vote. But while almost every middle and high school student learns about the Civil Rights Movement, they rarely learn about this march—or the related struggles that continued long after the Voting Rights Act.

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What We Don’t Learn About the Black Panther Party—but Should
By | October 19, 2016

By Adam Sanchez and Jesse Hagopian
Fifty years ago this month, the Black Panther Party was born. Its history holds vital lessons for today’s movement to confront racism and police violence, yet textbooks either misrepresent or minimize the significance of the Black Panthers.

This local organizing that Panthers engaged in has been erased in the textbooks, yet it is precisely what won them such widespread support. Armed with a revolutionary socialist ideology, as the Panthers grew, so did what they organized around. They fought in Black communities across the nation for giving the poor access to decent housing, health care, education, and much more.

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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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Taking the Fight Against White Supremacy into Schools
By | August 29, 2017

By Adam Sanchez
As a history teacher, there are times when the past reasserts itself with such force that you have to put aside your plans and address the moment. Charlottesville is one of those times. The image of white supremacists openly marching in defense of a Confederate general, viciously beating and murdering those who are protesting their racism — is an image we hoped had died with Jim Crow. That this image is not a relic of the past, is a reality that teachers and students must face as they return to the classroom in the coming weeks.

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When Black Lives Mattered: Why Teach Reconstruction
By | October 24, 2017

By Adam Sanchez

Every day seems to bring new horrors as the U.S. president’s racist rhetoric and policies have provided an increasingly encouraging environment for attacks on Black people and other communities of color. The acquittal of yet another police officer accused of murdering a Black man in St. Louis, the raging battle across the country over whether symbols of slavery should be removed from public spaces, and the formation of a “Commission on Election Integrity” to further suppress voting by people of color are just a few of the recent reminders that racism is as American as apple pie. In moments like these, it’s worth remembering a time in U.S. history when Black lives mattered.

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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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