William Katz

Books and articles by noted historian and Zinn Education Project ally William Loren Katz.

“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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The Politics of Thanksgiving Day
By | November 26, 2014

By William Loren Katz
With family excitement building with the approach of Thanksgiving, you would never know November was Native American History Month. President Obama had publicly announced the month, but many more Americans will be paying attention to his announcement of Thanksgiving.

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Jan. 15, 1817: The Vote on Colonization of Free Blacks in Africa
By | January 15, 2014

By William L. Katz
In January 1817, nearly 3,000 African American men met at the Bethel A.M.E. Church (popularly known as Mother Bethel A.M.E.) in Philadelphia and denounced the American Colonization Society’s (ACS) plan to resettle free blacks in West Africa. This gathering was the first black mass protest meeting in the United States.

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Dec. 25, 1837: Christmas Day Freedom Fighters: Hidden History of the Seminole Anticolonial Struggle (This Day in History) - Attack of the Seminoles on the blockhouse | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History

Dec. 25, 1837: Christmas Day Freedom Fighters: Hidden History of the Seminole Anticolonial Struggle
By | December 24, 2013

On Christmas day in 1837, the Africans and Native Americans who formed Florida’s Seminole Nation defeated a vastly superior U.S. invading army bent on cracking this early rainbow coalition and returning the Africans to slavery. The Seminole victory stands as a milestone in the march of American liberty.

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Lucy Parsons: More Dangerous Than a Thousand Rioters
By | March 7, 2013

On March 7, 1942, 89-year-old Lucy Gonzales Parsons died in a house fire in Chicago. On this anniversary of her death and in honor of Women’s History Month, we share this essay about her life by William Loren Katz, author of Black Indians: A Hidden Heritage. As Katz explains, Parsons was such a renowned labor organizer and orator that one Chicago official called her “more dangerous than a thousand rioters.”

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Flight from the Devil: Six Slave Narratives (Book) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History

Flight from the Devil: Six Slave Narratives
By | June 1, 2016

Book – Non-fiction. Compiled and with an introduction by William Loren Katz. 1996. 434 pages.
Six narratives by people who were enslaved that helped expose the horrors of slavery and advance the fight for abolition.

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William Loren Katz: A People’s Historian
By | November 10, 2014

Profile.
A brief biography based on an interview of historian and author William Loren Katz.

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The Forgotten Fight Against Fascism
By | February 16, 2015

Article. By William Loren Katz. 2014. If We Knew Our History Series.
History textbooks celebrate the U.S. role in World War II—the “Good War.” But they neglect to alert students to the U.S. government’s failure to confront early fascist violence.

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Why I’m Rooting for Tommy Lee Jones
By | February 20, 2013

Article. By William Katz. 2013.
Why Tommy Lee Jones winning an Oscar for his performance as Congressman Thaddeus Stevens in Lincoln can highlight Stevens’ fight for equality.

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Black Indians: A Hidden Heritage
By | December 16, 2006

Book – Non-fiction. By William Loren Katz. 2012. 272 pages.
History book for ages 10 to adult that traces relations between Blacks and American Indians since the time of the conquest.

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The Lincoln Brigade: A Picture History
By | July 17, 2012

Book – Non-fiction. By William Loren Katz and Marc Crawford. 2013. 96 pages.
Interviews, documents, and photos from the first fully integrated United States army, who volunteered to help Spain defend its democracy against fascism.

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Hatuey: 1512 – 2012
By | January 30, 2012

Profile. By William Loren Katz.
Hatuey was a freedom fighter in the early 1500s who mobilized Caribbean islanders against invasion, theft, and murder by European conquistadors.

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Parsons, Lucy Gonzales
By | March 6, 2012

Profile. By William Loren Katz.
Lucy Gonzales Parsons ((c. 1853 – March 7, 1942) was a labor organizer and orator.

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