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February/March 2011
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With March upon us, we bring you classroom resources on women's history. Not just for the month, but the entire year. Rethinking Schools (co-coordinator of the Zinn Education Project) is located in Milwaukee and has been at the center of the struggles in Wisconsin. The photos in the side bar are by Rethinking Schools author and photographer Barbara Miner. Now more than ever we need to ensure that the next generation understands labor history and politics. Finally, in case you are not a fan of the Zinn Education Project facebook page (yet), we shared some highlights from the daily dynamic exchange. 

"If teacher unions want to be strong and well-supported, it's essential that they not only be teacher unionists but teachers of unionism. We need to create a generation of students who support teachers and the movement of teachers for their rights."  

-- Howard Zinn in an interview with Bob Peterson for Transforming Teacher Unions 

Resources for Women's History


Teaching Activities  

Seneca Falls, 1848: Women Organize for Equality By Bill Bigelow. A role play allows students to examine issues of race and class when exploring both the accomplishments and limitations of the Seneca Falls Convention.

Exploring Women's Rights: The 1908 Textile Strike in a 1st-grade Class

By Dale Weiss. A teacher's reflections about a curriculum unit on women's rights places the history of the feminist movement within the broader struggle of people working for greater equality in the U.S.

Salt of the Earth: Grounds Students in Hope By S.J. Childs. The author describes how she introduces students to the classic 1953 film Salt of the Earth about an inspiring miners' strike in New Mexico.



Promoting Social Imagination Through Interior Monologues

By Bill Bigelow and Linda Christensen. Empathy, or "social imagination," allows students to connect to "the other" with whom, on the surface, they may appear to have little in common.

The Early Women's Movement

By Gayle Olson-Raymer. Questions and teaching ideas for Chapter 6 of Voices of a People's History of the United States on the early women's movement, including their efforts for social, racial, and political equality.

people speak dvdFilm Clips from The People Speak-DVD
  • Rosario Dawson: Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions (July 19, 1848)
  • Christina Kirk & Josh Brolin: Susan B. Anthony & Judge Ward Hunt, United States of America v. Susan B. Anthony (June 19, 1873)
  • Marisa Tomei: Harriet Hanson Robinson, "Characteristics of the Early Factory Girls" (1898)

    See more teaching activities, books, and films on women's history 

    Most Dangerous Man Wins Awards

    WikiLeaks, Whistleblowing, and the Vietnam War


    mdm award bannerThe Most Dangerous Man in America wins History Makers Award for Best History Production. See more awards and recognition.


    As WikiLeaks continues to gain attention -- playing a role in the protests in Tunisia and Egypt -- the film and teaching guide are ideal resources for students. Through the story of Daniel Ellsberg, students can explore the type of information whistleblowers reveal, their risks and motivations, and the tactics used to silence them.  

    The Zinn Education Project's goal is to introduce students to a more accurate, complex, and engaging understanding of United States history than is found in traditional textbooks and curricula. 




    Photos by Barbara J. Miner   

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    Scarred Justice: The Orangeburg Massacre 1968 "should be shown in every schoolroom in America. We might then create a new generation of activists, emulating the heroic young people of that time, moving this country towards new levels of equality and justice."  

    -- Howard Zinn

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    The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any." Alice Walker, poet and activist. Happy birthday Alice Walker, born February 9, 1944 in Eatonton, Georgia.


    "A most happy birthday to Alice Walker and thank you for nudging our conscience, sharing your stories, and pointing the direction forward for all of us." --Peggy Hardman


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    Many textbook narratives about the Civil War and   

    President Lincoln reinforce at least two myths: the United States fights wars only for high moral purposes; and slavery ended due to the efforts of a great white man. The activities in this lesson by Bill Bigelow offer students a more complex and truthful historical picture, and, thus, help to puncture these myths.


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    On February 11, 1990, Nelson Mandela was released from prison in South Africa after serving 27 years. While many people around the world organized for the end of apartheid and Mandela's release from prison, the U.S. government labeled Mandela and other ANC members as terrorists.


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    As many schools celebrate Abraham Lincoln's birthday (Feb 12, 1809), here is a lesson to help "teach outside the textbook" about Lincoln and the Civil War.

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    As the Oregon Trail game is released on I-Phone  and we approach the anniversary of Oregon becoming a state (Feb 14, 1859) -- here is an important critique of the many biases in the game.


    "We have to make sure the critical reading happens though. I thought Bigelow made some excellent points, like how you are automatically positioned as a white male in the game and therefore only think in his interest - it too closely aligns with the perspectives or our textbooks."  

    -- Elizabeth Kenyon


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    February 19 is the 69th anniversary of when President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 -- forcing more than 110,000 Japanese Americans from their homes, schools, and work to internment camps.

    "My heroes! We are reading Farewell to Manzanar in class! What awesome timing!!!!!" --Derak Ball

    "Also check out the excellent article from Moe Yonamine, The Other Internment: Teaching the Hidden History of Japanese Internment During World War II in the winter 2010-11 issue of Rethinking Schools, www.rethinkingschools.org." --Bill Bigelow  


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    "History is being made in Madison. I am proud to be a Wisconsin teacher and proud that my son and I were able to be part of the peaceful protests on Thursday and Friday. My son is only four. He was so proud and excited to be there...he insisted on carrying his own protest sign. He smiled the entire time we were there."  

    -- Lea Hansen


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