Cold War: 1945 - 1960

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    • Haiku and Hiroshima: Teaching About the Atomic Bomb
    • Haiku and Hiroshima: Teaching About the Atomic Bomb

    • Teaching Activity. By Wayne Au. 3 pages.
      Lesson for high school students on the bombing of Hiroshima using the film Barefoot Gen and haiku.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944, Cold War: 1945 - 1960, 20th Century | Themes: Language Arts, US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, High School
    • Our Grandparents’ Civil Rights Era: Family Letters Bring History to Life (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • Our Grandparents’ Civil Rights Era: Family Letters Bring History to Life

    • Teaching Activity. By Willow McCormick. 7 pages.
      An elementary school teacher connects the Civil Rights Movement to students’ family history by asking their grandparents to share their memories of the Movement.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: Cold War: 1945 - 1960, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, 20th Century | Themes: Civil Rights Movements | Reading Levels: Grades 3-5, Grades Pre-K-2
    • Rethinking the Teaching of the Vietnam War (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • Rethinking the Teaching of the Vietnam War

    • Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow. 8 pages.
      A role play on the history of the Vietnam War that is left out of traditional textbooks.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: Cold War: 1945 - 1960, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, 20th Century | Themes: Imperialism, US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements | 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
    • Salt of the Earth: Grounds Students in Hope

    • Teaching Activity. By S.J. Childs. 6 pages.
      The author describes how she introduces students to the classic 1953 film, Salt of the Earth, about a miners’ strike in New Mexico.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: Cold War: 1945 - 1960, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, 20th Century | Themes: Labor, Latino, Social Class, Women's History | Reading Levels: High School
    • Stealing Home: Eminent Domain, Urban Renewal, and the Loss of Community (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • Stealing Home: Eminent Domain, Urban Renewal, and the Loss of Community

    • Teaching Activity. By Linda Christensen. 9 pages.
      Teaching about patterns of displacement and wealth inequality through the history of Chávez Ravine and the building of Dodger Stadium.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: Cold War: 1945 - 1960, 20th Century, 21st Century | Themes: African American, Economics, Latino, Laws & Citizen Rights, Racism & Racial Identity, Social Class | Reading Levels: High School
    • Teaching the Vietnam War: Beyond the Headlines (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • Teaching the Vietnam War: Beyond the Headlines

    • Teaching Activity. By the Zinn Education Project. 100 pages.
      Eight lessons about the Vietnam War, Daniel Ellsberg, the Pentagon Papers, and whistleblowing.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: Cold War: 1945 - 1960, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, 20th Century | Themes: Media, US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements, World History/Global Studies | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, High School
    • We Had Set Ourselves Free’: Lessons on the Civil Rights Movement (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • 'We Had Set Ourselves Free': Lessons on the Civil Rights Movement

    • Teaching Activity. By Doug Sherman. 4 pages.
      The author describes how he uses biographies and film to introduce students to the role of people involved in the Civil Rights Movement beyond the familiar heroes. He emphasizes the role and experiences of young people in the Movement.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: Cold War: 1945 - 1960, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, 20th Century | Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Organizing, Racism & Racial Identity | Reading Levels: High School
    • World War II and McCarthyism

    • Teaching Activity. By Gayle Olson-Raymer. 19 pages.
      Questions and teaching ideas for Chapter 16 of Voices of a People’s History of the United States on domestic opposition to the “good war” and the impact of McCarthyism.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Guides | Time Periods: Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944, Cold War: 1945 - 1960, 20th Century | Themes: Democracy & Citizenship, Laws & Citizen Rights, US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements | Reading Levels: High School
    • The Green Feather Movement

    • Article. By Alison Kysia. 2013.
      History of a little-known student resistance movement against McCarthyism and censorship.

    • Resource Types: Articles | Time Periods: Cold War: 1945 - 1960, 20th Century | Themes: Education |
    • Letter to the Editor from Clyde Kennard

    • Article. By Clyde Kennard. 1959.
      Letter to the editor the Hattiesburg American about race and integration.

    • Resource Types: Articles | Time Periods: Cold War: 1945 - 1960, 20th Century | Themes: African American, Democracy & Citizenship | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, High School
    • W. E. B. Du Bois to Malcolm X: The Untold History of the Movement to Ban the Bomb

    • Article. By Vincent Intondi. 2015. If We Knew Our History Series.
      Intondi states: “African American leaders have long been concerned with broad issues of peace and justice—and have especially opposed nuclear weapons. Unfortunately, this activism is left out of mainstream corporate-produced history textbooks.”

    • Resource Types: Articles | Time Periods: Cold War: 1945 - 1960, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, 20th Century | Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Imperialism, Organizing, US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements |
    • Why We Should Teach About the FBI’s War on the Civil Rights Movement

    • Article. By Ursula Wolfe-Rocca. If We Knew Our History series. 2016.
      A 1971 break-in at FBI offices revealed a conspiracy—known as COINTELPRO—for the FBI to infiltrate, disrupt, and destroy a wide range of activist groups, especially civil rights organizations. Textbooks ignore this chapter in U.S. history, but it’s essential background to understand what’s happening today.

    • Resource Types: Articles | Time Periods: Cold War: 1945 - 1960, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, 20th Century | Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Latino, Laws & Citizen Rights, Native American, Organizing, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements | Reading Levels: High School
    • The Admirable Radical: Staughton Lynd and Cold War Dissent, 1945–1970

    • Book – Non-fiction. By Carl Mirra. Foreword by Howard Zinn. 2010. 240 pages.
      Story of Staughton Lynd, one of the most visible figures of the New Left, from 1945-1970.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Time Periods: Cold War: 1945 - 1960, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, 20th Century | Themes: Wars & Related Anti-War Movements | Reading Levels: Adult
    • The Bomb

    • Book – Non-fiction. By Howard Zinn. 2010. 100 pages.
      Zinn’s personal reflections and political analysis on the WWII bombing of Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Royan, and more.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Time Periods: Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944, Cold War: 1945 - 1960, 20th Century | Themes: Wars & Related Anti-War Movements | Reading Levels: Adult, High School
    • Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice

    • Book – Non-fiction. By Phillip Hoose. 2010. 160 pages.
      The story of Claudette Colvin, a teenager who refused to give up her seat in the year leading up to the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Time Periods: Cold War: 1945 - 1960, 20th Century | Themes: Civil Rights Movements, Women's History | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8
    • 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
    • Daybreak of Freedom: The Montgomery Bus Boycott

    • Book – Non-fiction. Edited by Stewart Burns.1997. 392 pages.
      A documentary history of the Montgomery bus boycott that reverberates with the voices of those closest to the boycott.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Time Periods: Cold War: 1945 - 1960 | Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Racism & Racial Identity | Reading Levels: Adult, High School
    • Freedom Walkers: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott

    • Book – Non-fiction. By Russell Freedman. 2006. 114 pages.
      Written for middle school, the story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, in which Rosa Parks played a role but was not the sole hero.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Time Periods: Cold War: 1945 - 1960, 20th Century | Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Organizing | Reading Levels: Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8
    • 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
    • Mendez v. Westminster: School Desegregation and Mexican-American Rights

    • Book – Non-fiction. By Philippa Strum. 2010. 186 pages.
      Description of a pre-Brown v. Board desegregation court case involving Mexican-American families.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Time Periods: Cold War: 1945 - 1960, 20th Century | Themes: Education, Latino, Laws & Citizen Rights | Reading Levels: Adult
    • 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
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