Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States of America
My students need 26 copies of "A Peoples History of the United States" multiple perspectives of early American history and need practice analyzing and learning from primary sources.
Scarce primary resources! Although primary resources are vastly available online and in libraries, our school is experiencing scarcity in technological and literally accessibility. "A People's History of the U.S." is not only primary resources, but it's friendly reading for struggling students.
My students are inner city kids that struggle with gang and drug infested neighborhoods.
They qualify for free lunch, (we are a Title 1 school), and many of them are on government assistance. However, these kids show determination in learning, as our growing API demonstrates. Even with all challenges, my kids are enthused about history and are receptive to multiple perspectives.
A People's History of the United States is an attempt to balance the scales by writing about the parts of U.S. history that aren't often covered in depth. It focuses particularly on the effects of government policy on the poor, women, and non-whites throughout U.S. history, documents labor movements and equality movements in more depth than one normally sees.
My students come from a disadvantage, migratory background, and many times experience the same sentiments described in Zinn's book. I believe my students will make a personal connection to this book, plus learn to channel their personal experiences and emotions through activism, not rage nor apathy.
Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States will enhance my student's critical thinking and analytical skills.
They will compare and contrast primary and secondary sources, and will learn the value of both in education. There is no doubt that this book will empower my students to be more informed about the past, and to be more active in the shaping of our country's future.
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