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    • Five Years After the Levees Broke: Bearing Witness Through Poetry (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • Five Years After the Levees Broke: Bearing Witness Through Poetry

    • Teaching Activity. By Renée Watson. 7 pages.
      A teacher’s reflection on the power of poetry to spark critical discussion and reflection on current issues of inequality surrounding disaster response in the United States.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: 2001 - Present, 21st Century | Themes: African American, Art & Music, Environment & Food, Language Arts, Laws & Citizen Rights, Media, Racism & Racial Identity |
    • 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
    • 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
    • Rethinking Popular Culture and Media - 2nd Edition (Book) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • Rethinking Popular Culture and Media

    • Teaching Guide. Edited by Elizabeth Marshall and Özlem Sensoy. 2011. 300 pages.
      Collection of essays that offer strong critiques and practical teaching strategies about what is “popular” and the messages being communicated by mass media.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Guides | Themes: Media | Reading Levels: Adult
    • Bob Herbert on Nelson Mandela: 1918–2013

    • Article. Bob Herbert. Jacobin Magazine. 2013.
      A critique of the “feel good” and “sentimental stick figure” mis-representations of Nelson Mandela and Dr. King in mass media.

    • Resource Types: Articles | Time Periods: 2001 - Present, 21st Century | Themes: Media, Racism & Racial Identity |
    • 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
    • Censored 2018: Press Truths in a "Post Truth" World

    • Book – Non-fiction. Edited by Andy Lee Roth and Mickey Huff with Project Censored. 2017. 272 pages.
      Annual collection of news stories that were underreported in the mainstream media.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Time Periods: 2001 - Present, 21st Century | Themes: Media | Reading Levels: 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
    • Shocking the Conscience: A Reporter's Account of the Civil Rights Movement

    • Book – Non-fiction. By Simeon Booker with Carol McCabe Booker. 2013. 334 pages.
      Chronicle by Simeon Booker, the first full-time African American reporter for the Washington Post and Jet magazine’s White House correspondent, covering half a century of major events that transformed the United States.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Time Periods: 20th Century | Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Media | Reading Levels: Adult, High School
    • To Write in the Light of Freedom: The Newspapers of the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Schools

    • Book – Non-fiction. Edited by William Sturkey and Jon N. Hale. 2015. 176 pages.
      A collection and examination of the creative literary work of students published during 1964 Freedom Summer in Mississippi.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, 20th Century | Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Education, Language Arts, Media, Racism & Racial Identity, Social Class | Reading Levels: High School
    • Catch a Tiger by the Toe

    • Book – Fiction. By Ellen Levine. 2005. 176 pages.
      A historical novel for middle school on McCarthyism.

    • Resource Types: Books: Fiction | Time Periods: Cold War: 1945 - 1960, 20th Century | Themes: Democracy & Citizenship, Labor, Laws & Citizen Rights, Media | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8
    • Crow (Book) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • Crow

    • Book – Fiction. By Barbara Wright. 2012. 304 pages.
      Historical fiction about an Reconstruction era African American community violently robbed of its freedom and democracy in turn of the century North Carolina.

    • Resource Types: Books: Fiction | Time Periods: Reconstruction Period: 1865 - 1876, 19th Century | Themes: African American, Democracy & Citizenship, Laws & Citizen Rights, Media | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8
    • Milo's Museum (Book) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • Milo’s Museum

    • Picture Book. By Zetta Elliott. Illustrated by Purple Wong. 2016. 36 pages.
      A story that introduces what histories are represented and missing from museums and exhibits.

    • Resource Types: Picture Books | Time Periods: 2001 - Present, 21st Century | Themes: Media | Reading Levels: Grades 3-5, Grades Pre-K-2
    • Making a Killing: Philip Morris, Kraft and Global Tobacco Addiction

    • Film. By Kelly Anderson and Tami Gold. 2001. 30 min.
      How Philip Morris has conspired to hook children on tobacco and keep governments from protecting public health.

    • Resource Types: Films | Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, 20th Century | Themes: Environment & Food, Media | Reading Levels: High School
    • The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers

    • Film. By Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith. 2009. 94 minutes.
      The riveting story of how a Pentagon official risks life in prison by leaking 7,000 pages of a top secret report to the New York Times to help stop the Vietnam War.

    • Resource Types: Films | Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, 20th Century | Themes: Media, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements | Reading Levels: High School
    • Not Just a Game: Power, Politics & American Sports

    • Film. By Dave Zirin and Jeremy Earp. 2010. 62 minutes.
      A documentary based on the bestselling book A People’s History of Sports in the United States, Zirin demonstrates that American sports have long been at the center of some of the major political debates and struggles of our time. For 6th grade to adult.

    • Resource Types: Films | Time Periods: 20th Century | Themes: African American, Media, Racism & Racial Identity, Sports, Women's History | Reading Levels: Adult, Grades 6-8, High School
    • The War You Don't See

    • Film. By John Pilger. 2010. 97 min.
      Documentary on how the media has reported war, from the WWI to the present day.

    • Resource Types: Films | Themes: Media, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements | Reading Levels: Adult
    • Medgar Evers

    • Profile. By Dernoral Davis.
      Medgar Evers (July 2, 1925—June 12, 1963), Civil Rights Movement activist in Mississippi.

    • Resource Types: Profiles | Time Periods: Cold War: 1945 - 1960, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, 20th Century | Themes: African American, Democracy & Citizenship, Media, Racism & Racial Identity | Reading Levels: Adult, High School
    • Democracy Now! New Program | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • Democracy Now!

    • Website and radio program.
      Daily news radio program, hosted by Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez, with voices rarely heard in corporate media.

    • Resource Types: Spanish/Bilingual, Websites | Time Periods: 2001 - Present, 21st Century | Themes: Labor, Media, Organizing, US Foreign Policy | Reading Levels: High School
    • Roudanez: History and Legacy

    • Website.
      Archive of the work of Dr. Louis Charles Roudanez, founder of the first Black daily newspaper in the U.S., the New Orleans Tribune, with articles, excerpts, videos, and a timeline.

    • Resource Types: Websites | Time Periods: Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849, Civil War Era: 1850 - 1864, Reconstruction Period: 1865 - 1876, Industrial Revolution: 1877 - 1899, 19th Century | Themes: African American, Media, Slavery | Reading Levels: High School
    • The Voice of Industry (1845-1848)

    • Website.
      A digitized collection of the Voice of Industry newspaper, published by young women in Lowell, Mass. from 1845-1848.

    • Resource Types: Websites | Time Periods: Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849, 19th Century | Themes: Labor, Media, Women's History | Reading Levels: High School