Post-Civil Rights Era: 1975 - 2000

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    • Inside the Volcano: A Curriculum on Nicaragua

    • Teaching Guide. Edited by Bill Bigelow and Jeff Edmundson. 1990. 130 pages.
      Fourteen interactive lessons on the history of Nicaragua.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: Post-Civil Rights Era: 1975 - 2000, 20th Century | Themes: US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements, World History/Global Studies | Reading Levels: High School
    • Rethinking What We Know About the Vietnam War (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • Rethinking What We Know About the Vietnam War

    • Teaching Activity. Zinn Education Project. 2010. 21 pages.
      Two lessons to introduce key facts about the Vietnam War and the Pentagon Papers, documents that provide essential history that is often ignored by textbooks.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: Cold War: 1945 - 1960, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, Post-Civil Rights Era: 1975 - 2000, 20th Century | Themes: Democracy & Citizenship, Imperialism, US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements, World History/Global Studies | Reading Levels: High School
    • Sun City - A Teaching Guide

    • Teaching Guide. By Bill Bigelow. 6 pages.
      Lessons to accompany the 1985 video “Sun City” that promoted the cultural boycott of South Africa initiated by Little Steven van Zandt of Bruce Springsteen’s E St. Band.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: Post-Civil Rights Era: 1975 - 2000, 20th Century | Themes: Art & Music, Laws & Citizen Rights, Racism & Racial Identity, World History/Global Studies | Reading Levels: High School
    • The Carter–Reagan–Bush Consensus

    • Teaching Activity. By Ron Perry. 16 pages.
      Questions and teaching ideas for Chapter 21 of Voices of a People’s History of the United States on the recently rising disparities in power, wealth and quality of life in America.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Guides | Time Periods: Post-Civil Rights Era: 1975 - 2000, 20th Century | Themes: Democracy & Citizenship, Social Class, US Foreign Policy | Reading Levels: High School
    • Challenging Bill Clinton

    • Teaching Activity. By Gayle Olson-Raymer. 17 pages.
      Questions and teaching ideas for Chapter 23 of Voices of a People’s History of the United States on the Clinton presidency, as well as domestic opposition to his policies.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Guides | Time Periods: Post-Civil Rights Era: 1975 - 2000, 20th Century | Themes: US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements | Reading Levels: High School
    • Panama, the 1991 Gulf War, and the War at Home

    • Teaching Activity. By Robert Standish. 15 pages.
      Questions and teaching ideas for Chapter 22 of Voices of a People’s History of the United States on Panama, the 1991 Gulf War, and the War on the Poor in the United States.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Guides | Time Periods: Post-Civil Rights Era: 1975 - 2000, 20th Century | Themes: US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements | Reading Levels: High School
    • Moral Monday March, 2013. Image: twbuckner/Flickr
    • What Happened to the Civil Rights Movement After 1965? Don’t Ask Your Textbook

    • 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.

    • Resource Types: Articles | Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, Post-Civil Rights Era: 1975 - 2000, 19th Century, 2001 - Present, 20th Century, 21st Century | Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Organizing | Reading Levels: High School
    • The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America (Book) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America

    • Book – Non-fiction. By Richard Rothstein. 2017. 368 pages.
      A history of the laws and policy decisions passed by local, state, and federal governments that promoted racial segregation.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Time Periods: Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944, Cold War: 1945 - 1960, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, Post-Civil Rights Era: 1975 - 2000, 2001 - Present, 20th Century | Themes: African American, Economics, Racism & Racial Identity | Reading Levels: High School
    • The Historic Unfulfilled Promise

    • Book – Non-fiction. By Howard Zinn. 2012. 184 pages.
      Compilation of articles Zinn penned for The Progressive magazine from 1980 to 2009.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Time Periods: Post-Civil Rights Era: 1975 - 2000, 2001 - Present, 20th Century, 21st Century | Themes: Democracy & Citizenship, Laws & Citizen Rights, US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements | Reading Levels: Adult, High School
    • Madiba A to Z: The Many Faces of Nelson Mandela

    • Book – Non-fiction. Danny Schechter. 2013. 272 pages.
      Companion book to the 2013 film about Nelson Mandela, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Time Periods: Cold War: 1945 - 1960, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, Post-Civil Rights Era: 1975 - 2000, 20th Century | Themes: Racism & Racial Identity, US Foreign Policy, World History/Global Studies | Reading Levels: Adult, High School
    • News for All the People: The Epic Story of Race and the American Media

    • Book – Non-fiction. By Juan González and Joseph Torres. 2011. 256 pages.
      The history of media in the United States, through the lens of race.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Time Periods: 18th Century, Post-Civil Rights Era: 1975 - 2000, 19th Century, 2001 - Present, 20th Century, 21st Century | Themes: Latino, Media | Reading Levels: Adult, High School
    • A People's History of the United States (Book) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • A People's History of the United States: 1492 - Present

    • Books – Non-fiction. By Howard Zinn. 2005, with a new introduction by Anthony Arnove in 2015. 784 pages.
      Howard Zinn’s groundbreaking work on U.S. history. This book details lives and facts rarely included in textbooks—an indispensable teacher and student resource.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Time Periods: Colonization: 1492 - 1764, Revolution & Constitution: 1765 - 1799, Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849, Civil War Era: 1850 - 1864, Reconstruction Period: 1865 - 1876, Industrial Revolution: 1877 - 1899, Turn of the Century: 1900 - 1909, World War I: 1910 - 1919, Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944, Cold War: 1945 - 1960, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, Post-Civil Rights Era: 1975 - 2000, 2001 - Present, All US History | Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Democracy & Citizenship, Economics, Education, Immigration, Imperialism, Labor, Laws & Citizen Rights, Native American, Organizing, Racism & Racial Identity, Slavery, Social Class, US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements, Women's History | Reading Levels: Adult, High School
    • Some Truths Are Not Self-Evident: Essays in The Nation on Civil Rights, Vietnam, and "The War on Terror"

    • Book – Non-fiction. By Howard Zinn, edited by Richard Kreitner. 2014. 215 pages.
      A collection of articles spanning 50 years, by and about Howard Zinn, originally published in The Nation magazine.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, Post-Civil Rights Era: 1975 - 2000, 2001 - Present, 20th Century, 21st Century | Themes: Civil Rights Movements, Social Class, US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements |
    • The Vietnam Wars: 1945-1990

    • Book – Non-fiction. By Marilyn B. Young. 1991. 448 pages.
      A detailed history of the Vietnam War.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Time Periods: Cold War: 1945 - 1960, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, Post-Civil Rights Era: 1975 - 2000, 20th Century | Themes: US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements, World History/Global Studies | Reading Levels: Adult
    • ¡Si, Se Puede! Yes, We Can!: Janitor Strike in L.A.

    • Book – Fiction. By Diana Cohn and illustrated by Francisco Delgado. 2008. 31 pages.
      A children’s book based on the true story of the Justice for Janitors strike.

    • Resource Types: Books: Fiction, Picture Books, Spanish/Bilingual | Time Periods: Post-Civil Rights Era: 1975 - 2000, 20th Century | Themes: Labor, Latino, Organizing | Reading Levels: Grades 3-5, Grades Pre-K-2
    • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

    • Book – Fiction. By Sherman Alexie. 2007. 288 pages.
      Coming-of-age-tale set on Spokane Indian Reservation.

    • Resource Types: Books: Fiction | Time Periods: Post-Civil Rights Era: 1975 - 2000, 20th Century | Themes: Native American | Reading Levels: Adult, High School
    • Chain of Fire

    • Book – Fiction. By Beverley Naidoo, illustrated by Eric Velasquez. 1993. 256 pages.
      When the South African government forces a village to relocate, young protesters, who do not have the freedom of speech, organize a march against apartheid.

    • Resource Types: Books: Fiction | Time Periods: Cold War: 1945 - 1960, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, Post-Civil Rights Era: 1975 - 2000, 20th Century | Themes: World History/Global Studies | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, High School
    • Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)43Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)43Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)150Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)150 Hip Hop Speaks to Children: A Celebration of Poetry with a Beat (Book) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • Hip Hop Speaks to Children: A Celebration of Poetry with a Beat

    • Book – Fiction. Edited by Nikki Giovanni. 2008. 80 pages and CD.
      A celebration of poetry with a beat. Includes CD with selected recordings of poems and historical background.

    • Resource Types: Books: Fiction, Picture Books | Time Periods: Post-Civil Rights Era: 1975 - 2000, 20th Century | Themes: Art & Music | Reading Levels: Grades 3-5, Grades Pre-K-2
    • Journey of Dreams

    • Book – Fiction. By Marge Pellegrino. 2009. 250 pages.
      Historical fiction for young adult readers about the experience of Central American refugees and the long journey north.

    • Resource Types: Books: Fiction | Time Periods: Post-Civil Rights Era: 1975 - 2000, 20th Century | Themes: Economics, Immigration, Organizing | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, High School
    • Journey to Jo'burg: A South African Story

    • Book – Fiction. By Beverley Naidoo, illustrated by Eric Velasquez. 1988. 96 pages.
      A brother and sister take their sick sibling to the city of Johannesburg to get their mother at work, and come to understand the struggle for freedom and dignity taking place in South Africa.

    • Resource Types: Books: Fiction | Time Periods: Cold War: 1945 - 1960, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, Post-Civil Rights Era: 1975 - 2000 | Themes: World History/Global Studies | Reading Levels: Grades 3-5, Grades Pre-K-2
    • Somos Como Las Nubes / We Are Like the Clouds (Book) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • Somos como las nubes/We Are Like the Clouds

    • Picture Book. By Jorge Argueta. Illustrated by Alfonso Ruano. 2016. 36 pages.
      Poems written in Spanish and English address the struggles of child refugees fleeing Central America for the United States. Grade 2+.

    • Resource Types: Picture Books | Time Periods: Post-Civil Rights Era: 1975 - 2000, 20th Century | Themes: Immigration, Imperialism, Latino | Reading Levels: Grades 3-5, Grades Pre-K-2
    • Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer

    • Book – Non-fiction. By Carole Boston Weatherford, Illustrated by Ekua Holmes. 2015. 45 pages.
      Illustrated biography of Fannie Lou Hamer, an unsung hero of the Civil Rights Movement.

    • Resource Types: Picture Books | Time Periods: Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944, Cold War: 1945 - 1960, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, Post-Civil Rights Era: 1975 - 2000, 20th Century | Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Democracy & Citizenship, Organizing, Racism & Racial Identity | Reading Levels: Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8
    • Bus Riders Union

    • Film. Haskell Wexler. 2000. 86 minutes.
      The Los Angeles Bus Riders Union’s triumphant struggle to win better service.

    • Resource Types: Films | Time Periods: Post-Civil Rights Era: 1975 - 2000, 20th Century | Themes: Organizing | Reading Levels: High School
    • Even the Rain/También la lluvia

    • Film. Directed by Icíar Bollaín and written by Paul Laverty. 2010. 103 minutes.
      As a crew shoots a film about Columbus’ genocide, local people in Cochabamba, Bolivia rise up against plans to privatize the water supply.

    • Resource Types: Films | Time Periods: Colonization: 1492 - 1764, Post-Civil Rights Era: 1975 - 2000, 20th Century | Themes: Economics, Environment & Food, Imperialism, Latino, Organizing, US Foreign Policy, World History/Global Studies | Reading Levels: Adult, High School
    • The FBI's War on Black America

    • Film. By Deb Ellis and Denis Mueller. 1990. 47 min.
      Documentary of people targeted by the FBI’s Counter Intelligence Program (COINTELPRO) in the 1960s and 70s.

    • Resource Types: Films | Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, Post-Civil Rights Era: 1975 - 2000, 20th Century | Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Laws & Citizen Rights | Reading Levels: High School
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