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    • The Draft Riot Mystery

    • Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow. 9 pages.
      Students are invited to solve a mystery, using historical clues, about the real story of the Draft Riots.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: Civil War Era: 1850 - 1864, 19th Century | Themes: Democracy & Citizenship, Immigration, Racism & Racial Identity, Slavery, Social Class, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements | Reading Levels: High School
    • The Homestead Strike

    • Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow and Norm Diamond. 10 pages.
      This role play activity on the famous 1892 Homestead Strike, explores the possibility of solidarity among workers of very different backgrounds and at different levels in the workplace hierarchy.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Themes: Immigration, Labor, Organizing, Social Class | Reading Levels: High School
    • Hunger on Trial: An Activity on the Irish Potato Famine and Its Meaning for Today

    • Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow. 5 pages.
      Role play in the form of a trial to determine who was responsible for the death of Irish peasants during the potato famine.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849, 19th Century | Themes: Environment & Food, Immigration, Social Class, World History/Global Studies | Reading Levels: High School
    • 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
    • Lewis Hine’s Photographs

    • Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow and Bob Peterson. 4 pages.
      Using photographs to spark creative writing and critical thinking about child labor issues and social justice.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: Industrial Revolution: 1877 - 1899, Turn of the Century: 1900 - 1909, 19th Century, 20th Century | Themes: Art & Music, Immigration, Labor, Media, Social Class | Reading Levels: Adult
    • One Country! One Language! One Flag! (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • One Country! One Language! One Flag!

    • Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow. 3 pages.
      Discussion questions and teaching ideas for examining the history of the Pledge of Allegiance and the political milieu in which it was written.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: Turn of the Century: 1900 - 1909, 20th Century | Themes: Democracy & Citizenship, Education, Immigration | Reading Levels: High School
    • The Other Internment: Teaching the Hidden Story of Japanese Latin Americans During WWII (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • The Other Internment: Teaching the Hidden Story of Japanese Latin Americans During WWII

    • Teaching Activity. By Moé Yonamine. 18 pages.
      Poetry, photography, and text are used in this role play to teach about the seldom told history of Japanese Latin American internment during WWII.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944, 20th Century | Themes: Asian American, Civil Rights Movements, Democracy & Citizenship, Immigration, Laws & Citizen Rights, Racism & Racial Identity, US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements, World History/Global Studies | Reading Levels: High School
    • Caribbean Connections: Moving North

    • Teaching Guide. Edited by Catherine Sunshine and Keith Warner. 2005. 240 pages.
      Literature and essays about Caribbean life in the United States.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Guides | Themes: Immigration, Latino, US Foreign Policy | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, High School
    • The Line Between Us (Book) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • The Line Between Us: Teaching About the Border and Mexican Immigration

    • Teaching Guide. By Bill Bigelow. 2006. 160 pages.
      Lessons for teaching about the history of U.S.–Mexico relations and current border and immigration issues. Published by Rethinking Schools.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Guides | Time Periods: Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849, 19th Century, 20th Century | Themes: Immigration, Latino, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements | Reading Levels: High School
    • Servitude and Rebellion

    • Teaching Activity. By Gayle Olsen-Raymer. 15 pages.
      Questions and teaching ideas for Chapter 3 of Voices of a People’s History of the United States on the role and dissent of indentured servants in American colonial history.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Guides | Time Periods: Colonization: 1492 - 1764, Revolution & Constitution: 1765 - 1799, 18th Century | Themes: Democracy & Citizenship, Immigration, Labor, Social Class | 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
    • 101 Changemakers: Rebels and Radicals Who Changed US History

    • Book – Non-fiction. By Michele Bollinger and Dao Tran. 2012. 215 pages.
      A collection of 101 brief and accessible profiles of rebels, radicals, and fighters for social justice.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Time Periods: All US History | Themes: African American, Asian American, Civil Rights Movements, Democracy & Citizenship, Disability, Environment & Food, Immigration, Imperialism, Labor, Language Arts, Latino, LGBT, Media, Native American, Organizing, Pacific Islander, Racism & Racial Identity, Social Class, US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements, Women's History | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, High School
    • 500 Años del Pueblo Chicano - 500 Years of Chicano History in Pictures

    • Book – Non-fiction. By Elizabeth Martinez. 1991 (2nd Edition). 238 pages.
      Chicano history as told through hundreds of pictures and bilingual text.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction, Spanish/Bilingual | Time Periods: All US History | Themes: Civil Rights Movements, Immigration, Latino, Native American | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, High School
    • 500 Years of Chicana Women's History

    • Books – Non-fiction. By Elizabeth Martinez. 2007. 320 pages, 899 illustrations.
      Stories and photos of Chicana/Mexican-American women in politics, labor, art, health, and more.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Time Periods: All US History | Themes: Civil Rights Movements, Immigration, Latino, Women's History | Reading Levels: 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
    • Brother, I'm Dying

    • Book – Non-fiction. By Edwidge Danticat. 2008. 288 pages.
      A gripping autobiographical book, about one Haitian woman’s experience as a young immigrant and her family’s struggle to survive in the United States while fearing for those they left behind.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Time Periods: 2001 - Present, 21st Century | Themes: Immigration | Reading Levels: High School
    • Caribbean Connections: Overview of Regional History

    • Book – Non-fiction. Edited by Catherine Sunshine and Deborah Menkart. 1991. 180 pages.
      Essential background reading to understand the history of the Caribbean.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Themes: Immigration, Latino, US Foreign Policy | Reading Levels: High School
    • Caribbean Connections: The Dominican Republic

    • Book – Non-fiction and Fiction. Edited by Gallin, Glasser, Santana. 2005. 250 pages.
      Reader-friendly overview of the history, politics and culture of the fourth largest Latino community in the United States.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Time Periods: 20th Century | Themes: Art & Music, Immigration, Latino, Sports, US Foreign Policy, Women's History, World History/Global Studies | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, High School
    • The Cruel Years: American Voices at the Dawn of the Twentieth Century

    • Book – Non-fiction. Edited by William Loren Katz and Laurie R. Lehman. 2003. 304 pages.
      First-person narratives in the context of their times and within the larger picture of U.S. growth and development.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Time Periods: 20th Century | Themes: Immigration, Labor | Reading Levels: Adult, High School
    • A Different Mirror for Young People: A History of Multicultural America

    • Book – Non-fiction. By Ronald Takaki, adapted by Rebecca Stefoff. 2012. 368 pages.
      An adaptation for young readers of the classic multicultural history of the United States, A Different Mirror.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Time Periods: All US History | Themes: African American, Asian American, Immigration, Native American, Racism & Racial Identity, Social Class | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, High School
    • A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America (Book) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America

    • Book – Non-fiction. By Ronald Takaki. 2008. 560 pages.
      A multicultural history of America, in the voices of Native Americans, African Americans, Jews, Irish Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos, and others.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Time Periods: All US History | Themes: African American, Asian American, Immigration, Labor, Latino, Native American, Pacific Islander, Social Class | Reading Levels: Adult, High School
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