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Teaching After the Election of Trump - Resource List | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History

Teaching After the Election of Trump
By | November 15, 2016

The Zinn Education Project stands in solidarity with those who have denounced Donald Trump’s racism, misogyny, xenophobia, and Islamophobia—as well his ignorant and deadly proposals about the environment and climate change. The role of teachers is crucial in this freedom struggle. Please check out the lessons and resources below.

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Andrew Jackson Revisited | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History

Andrew Jackson Revisited
By | November 13, 2016

“One of the greatest victories for the people of America since Andrew Jackson,” Rudy Giuliani , former mayor of New York City, said of Donald Trump’s success in the 2016 election. We agree that Trump and Jackson have a lot in common, but neither election can be accurately described as a victory for anyone other than the wealthy elite.

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Under Pressure, Scholastic Recalls Racist Children’s Book
By | January 19, 2016

By Deborah Menkart
A firestorm erupted when Scholastic released a children’s book early this month, A Birthday Cake for George Washington, by Ramin Ganeshram and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton, featuring smiling slaves baking a cake for George Washington.

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Nov. 2, 1920: Imprisoned Eugene V. Debs Received One Million Votes for U.S. President
By | November 2, 2015

On Nov. 2, 1920, Eugene V. Debs received one million votes in the U.S. presidential election while in prison on the Socialist Party ticket. He was serving a 10 year sentence for his speech in Canton, Ohio protesting World War I which was raging in Europe.

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“The Birth of a Nation”: A Century Later
By | February 13, 2015

By William Loren Katz
By an odd coincidence the first week of Black History Month this February, Time magazine ran an article on the 100th anniversary of the first public showing of the movie classic The Birth of a Nation. This silent film was Hollywood’s first blockbuster, first great historical epic, first full-length film, and first to introduce modern cinematic techniques that still keep audiences enthralled. Time noted the movie’s problem. From its casting and content to its dramatic conclusion it was unabashedly racist.

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Andrew Jackson and the "Children of the Forest" (Lesson) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History

Andrew Jackson and the “Children of the Forest”
By | January 1, 2012

Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow. 5 pages.
A lesson in which students develop critical literacy skills by responding to Andrew Jackson’s speech on “Indian Removal.”

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The Election of 1860 Role Play (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History

The Election of 1860 Role Play
By | November 8, 2009

Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow. 12 pages.
Role play based on the election of 1860 allows students to explore the political debates of the time and the real reasons for the Civil War.

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Presidents and Slaves: Helping Students Find the Truth (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History

Presidents and Slaves: Helping Students Find the Truth
By | October 28, 2009

Teaching Activity. By Bob Peterson. 7 pages.
How a 5th grade teacher and his students conducted research to answer the question: “Which presidents owned people?” Available in Spanish.

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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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Rethinkin’ Lincoln on the 150th Birthday of the Emancipation Proclamation
By | June 12, 2013

Article. By Bill Bigelow. 2012. If We Knew Our History Series.
Students need to rethink the Great Emancipator myth by examining Abraham Lincoln’s first inaugural address, the Emancipation Proclamation, his timid approach to ending slavery, and, by contrast, the heroism of the abolitionists and the enslaved people themselves.

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The Bonus Army
By | October 25, 2011

Article. By Mickey Z.
History of the 1932 Bonus Expeditionary Force (BEF) or Bonus Army.

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The Black History of the White House
By | January 25, 2009

Book – Non-fiction. By Clarence Lusane. 2010. 544 pages.
The untold story of African Americans in the White House from the 18th century to the present, including the presidents who held people in bondage.

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Ballots for Belva: The True Story of a Woman’s Race for the Presidency
By | December 21, 2006

Book – Non-fiction. By Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen. Illustrated by Courtney E. Martin. 2008. 32 pages.
Biography of Belva Lockwood who ran for president in 1884.

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Chisholm ’72 – Unbought and Unbossed
By | November 26, 2010

Film. By Shola Lynch. 2004. 76 min.
Documentary about Brooklyn Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm and her campaign to become the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee in 1972.

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