April 7, 2010
The Zinn Education Project promotes and supports the use of Howard Zinn’s best-selling book A People’s History of the United States and other materials for teaching in middle and high school classrooms across the country. The website offers more than 85 free, downloadable lessons and articles organized by theme, time period, and reading level.
Its 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. The empowering potential of studying U.S. history is often lost in a textbook-driven trivial pursuit of names and dates. Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States and Voices of a People’s History of the United States emphasize the role of working people, women, people of color, and organized social movements in shaping history. Students learn that history is made not by a few heroic individuals, but instead by people’s choices and actions, thereby also learning that their own choices and actions matter.
Seven Stories Press works with the Zinn Education Project to spread awareness of Howard Zinn’s historical work and legacy to classrooms throughout America, from middle school to college and beyond. They provide free resources, discussion questions, teacher’s guides and activities to make it easier for teachers to use Howard Zinn’s books in the classroom and to start empowering students today to think critically about history as it’s usually taught in America — and to become a new generation of activists standing up for positive social change.