World War I: 1910 - 1919

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    • Lawrence, 1912: The Singing Strike

    • Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow and Norm Diamond. 18 pages.
      Role play on the 1912 Bread and Roses strike in Lawrence, Mass.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: World War I: 1910 - 1919, 20th Century | Themes: Art & Music, Immigration, Labor, Organizing, Women's History | Reading Levels: High School
    • Labor Matters

    • Teaching Activity. By Teaching Tolerance.
      Introduces students to the role of the labor movement in securing contemporary benefits such as the 40-hour work week, the minimum wage, and workplace safety regulations.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Guides | Time Periods: Turn of the Century: 1900 - 1909, World War I: 1910 - 1919, Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944, 20th Century | Themes: Labor, Laws & Citizen Rights, Organizing | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, High School
    • Protesting the First World War

    • Teaching Activity. By Colby Smart. 16 pages.
      Questions and teaching ideas for Chapter 14 of Voices of a People’s History of the United States on anti-war efforts during the first World War, as well as the U.S. government’s response.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Guides | Time Periods: World War I: 1910 - 1919, Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944, 20th Century | Themes: Wars & Related Anti-War Movements | Reading Levels: High School
    • Lawrence, 1912: The Singing Strike (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • Socialists and Wobblies

    • Teaching Activity. By Gayle Olson-Raymer. 17 pages.
      Questions and teaching ideas for Chapter 13 of Voices of a People’s History of the United States on the labor movement at the turn of the century.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Guides | Time Periods: Turn of the Century: 1900 - 1909, World War I: 1910 - 1919, 20th Century | Themes: Democracy & Citizenship, Immigration, Labor | Reading Levels: High School
    • The Bonus Army

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

    • Resource Types: Articles | Time Periods: World War I: 1910 - 1919, 20th Century | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, High School
    • The Real Bread and Roses Strike Story Missing from Textbooks

    • Article. By Robert Forrant. 2013.
      The author challenges the common myth that the Bread and Roses Strike was spontaneous.

    • Resource Types: Articles | Time Periods: World War I: 1910 - 1919, 20th Century | Themes: Labor | Reading Levels: Adult, High School
    • The Truth About Helen Keller

    • Article for Teachers and High School Students. By Ruth Shagoury. 6 pages.
      A review of children’s picture books about the life of Helen Keller reveals the omission of any description of her active role in key social movements of the 20th century.

    • Resource Types: Articles | Time Periods: World War I: 1910 - 1919, 20th Century | Themes: Disability, Education, Women's History | Reading Levels: Adult, Grades 3-5, High School
    • Angel Island: Gateway to Gold Mountain

    • Book – Non-fiction. By Russell Freedman. 2014. 96 pages.
      An account of Angel Island, California, the entry point for one million Asian immigrants in the early 20th century.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Time Periods: World War I: 1910 - 1919, Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944, 20th Century | Themes: Asian American, Immigration | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, High School
    • Bread & Roses: Mills, Migrants, and the Struggle for the American Dream

    • Book – Non-fiction. By Bruce Watson. 2006. 352 pages.
      The riveting story of one of the most remarkable strikes in U.S. history.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Time Periods: World War I: 1910 - 1919, 20th Century | Themes: Immigration, Labor, Laws & Citizen Rights, Organizing, Social Class, Women's History | Reading Levels: Adult, High School
    • Civil Rights Unionism: Tobacco Workers and the Struggle for Democracy in the Mid-Twentieth-Century South

    • Book – Non-fiction. By Robert Rodgers Korstad. 2003. 576 pages.
      Chronicles the rise and fall of the union that represented thousands of African American tobacco factory workers in Winston-Salem, N.C.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Time Periods: Turn of the Century: 1900 - 1909, World War I: 1910 - 1919, Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944, 20th Century | Themes: Labor, Racism & Racial Identity | Reading Levels: Adult
    • The Great War: July 1, 1916: The First Day of the Battle of the Somme

    • Book – Non-fiction. By Joe Sacco. 2013. 54 pages.
      Illustrated book depicting the horrific Battle of Somme, emblematic of a hideous war.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Time Periods: World War I: 1910 - 1919, 20th Century | Themes: Art & Music, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements | Reading Levels: High School
    • Helen Keller: Rebellious Spirit

    • Book – Non-fiction. By Laurie Lawlor. 2001. 176 pages.
      A biography that sheds light on Helen Keller as rebel and activist.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Time Periods: World War I: 1910 - 1919, Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944, 20th Century | Themes: Women's History | Reading Levels: Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, High School
    • Hubert Harrison: The Voice of Harlem Radicalism, 1883-1918

    • Book – Nonfiction. By Jeffrey B. Perry. 2009. 624 pages.
      Biography of scholar and activist Hubert Harrison.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Time Periods: World War I: 1910 - 1919, 20th Century | Themes: African American | Reading Levels: Adult
    • Lawrence and the 1912 Bread and Roses Strike

    • Book – Non-fiction. By Robert Forrant and Susan Grabski. 2013. 128 pages.
      Images, documents, and quotes tell the story of the 1912 landmark strike.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Time Periods: World War I: 1910 - 1919, 20th Century | Themes: Labor, Organizing | Reading Levels: Adult, High School
    • My Father’s Bonus March

    • Book – Non-fiction. By Adam Langer. 2009. 256 pages.
      A memoir centered around the Bonus March of 1932, the demonstration of 20,000 World War I veterans demanding compensation.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Time Periods: World War I: 1910 - 1919, 20th Century | Themes: Labor | Reading Levels: 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
    • Remembering Jim Crow: African Americans Tell About Life in the Segregated South

    • Book – Non-fiction (with CD). Edited by William H. Chafe, Raymond Gavins and Robert Korstad. 2008. 346 pages.
      Extensive oral history of African American life under segregation.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Time Periods: 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, 20th Century | Themes: African American, Laws & Citizen Rights, Racism & Racial Identity, Social Class | Reading Levels: Adult, High School
    • Bread and Roses, Too

    • Book – Fiction. By Katherine Paterson. 2006. 275 pages.
      Moving young adult historical-fiction novel based on a major strike in Lawrence, Mass., in 1912.

    • Resource Types: Books: Fiction | Time Periods: World War I: 1910 - 1919, 20th Century | Themes: Immigration, Labor, Organizing | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, High School
    • The Dreamer

    • Book – Fiction. By Pam Muñoz Ryan. 2010. 372 pages.
      An introduction to the life of Pablo Neruda as a child in historical fiction for young adults.

    • Resource Types: Books: Fiction | Time Periods: World War I: 1910 - 1919, 20th Century | Themes: Art & Music, Language Arts, World History/Global Studies | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8
    • The Great Migration: Journey to the North

    • Book – Fiction. By Eloise Greenfield. Illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist. 2011. 32 pages.
      A picture book that introduces the historic story of the Great Migration to young readers.

    • Resource Types: Books: Fiction | Time Periods: World War I: 1910 - 1919, Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944, 20th Century | Themes: African American | Reading Levels: Grades 3-5, Grades Pre-K-2
    • Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal (Book) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal

    • Book – Fiction. By Margarita Engle. 2016. 242 pages.
      Historical fiction in free verse about the building of the Panama Canal.

    • Resource Types: Books: Fiction | Time Periods: Turn of the Century: 1900 - 1909, World War I: 1910 - 1919 | Themes: Labor, World History/Global Studies | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, High School
    • Tulsa Burning

    • Book – Fiction. By Anna Myers. 2004. 184 pages.
      A young man must wrestle with his past and find the strength to pull free from the poisonous grip of racism.

    • Resource Types: Books: Fiction | Time Periods: World War I: 1910 - 1919, 20th Century | Themes: Racism & Racial Identity | Reading Levels: Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8
    • Eugene Debs: "Canton, Ohio"

    • Film clip. Voices of a People’s History.
      Dramatic reading of Eugene Deb’s “Canton, Ohio” speech made on June 16, 1918 by Marc Ruffalo.

    • Resource Types: Films | Time Periods: World War I: 1910 - 1919, 20th Century | Themes: Labor | Reading Levels: High School
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