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If We Knew Our History Series
Teaching Untold Stories During
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
By Mo� Yonamine, high school teacher, Portland, Ore. 

Most U.S. history textbooks now acknowledge that beginning in 1942, the U.S. government rounded up more than 110,000 people of Japanese descent---- even those who were U.S. citizens----
and sent them to internment camps. What the textbooks fail to include is that the United States demanded that Latin American governments do the same thing, and turn over their own internees to U.S. authorities. These internees went on to become refugees with no country to call home. Continue reading.
If We Knew Our History series "Teaching Untold Stories During Asian Pacific Heritage Month" is our featured article in the Zinn Education Project's column, If We Knew Our History . 
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60th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education
This Day in History: Barbara Johns leads a student strike.
This Saturday, May 17, marks the 60th anniversary of the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court ruling that called for the end of segregation in our public schools. As Rethinking Schools wrote on the 50th anniversary, "we have not come far enough toward this goal. And in many ways we have slid backward."

Continue reading this article, "Brown 50 Years Later" at Rethinking Schools and view more resources on Brown v. Board of Education.

Image: Painting of Barbara Johns by Robert Shetterly. In 1951, Barbara Johns led a student strike protesting substandard school conditions. Learn more.
Featured Teaching Activities
Lesson: Stenciling Dissent
By Andrew Reed. Connects students to history of art as a means of protest and gives them opportunity and skills to create their own stencil with a powerful message.

Lesson: Unleashing Sorrow and Joy
By Linda Christensen. Teacher reflection on different ways to effectively incorporate poetry into history or literature classes.
By Thom Thacker and Michael A. Lord. Students examine primary historical documents (advertisements for runaway slaves) to gain a deeper understanding of the institution of slavery in the North.

By Naomi Shihab Nye and Linda Christensen. An essay, poem, and teaching idea utilizing famous Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish's work to help students "name the invisible forces that imprison them."

By Larry Miller. Story and discussion questions about a teacher's own experience of racial injustice and labor solidarity.
Lesson: Sun City Teaching Guide
By Bill Bigelow. Lessons to accompany the video 'Sun City' that promoted the cultural boycott of South Africa initiated by Little Steven van Zandt of Bruce Springsteen's E St. Band.

New Edition from Rethinking Schools
Book: Rethinking Multicultural Educaiton
Rethinking Multicultural Education
Teaching for Racial and Cultural Justice
Second Edition, New and Expanded
Edited by Wayne Au 
Rethinking Multicultural Education moves beyond a simplistic focus on heroes and holidays to demonstrate a powerful vision of anti-racist, social justice education.

Practical, rich in story, and analytically sharp, Rethinking Multicultural Education reclaims multicultural education as part of a larger struggle for justice and against racism, colonization, and cultural oppression---- in schools and society. Read more.
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----Angel and Sonia Nieto 

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