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Ms. Mariola
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households
  • 15 donors
  • $0 still needed

Young People Need A People's History of The United States

My students need 25 copies of "A Young People's History of The United States" in order to learn U.S. History.

My Students

As Will Hunting said, "If you want to read a real history book, read Howard Zinn's 'A People's History of The United States.' That book will knock you on your [bottom]." My fifth grade students are learning the history of the United States this school year. Please give them a real history book.

My students live in a large southern metropolis.

They attend school at a very large urban elementary school. My fifth grade class is 90% African American and 90% free/reduced lunch. The struggles that some of these students face just to get to school are great and many. When my students enter the classroom they are sponges. They love to come to school and learn. They are between 10-12 years old and they are starting to question everything that they are told. Help me foster this by giving us a real history book to read.

My Project

I am requesting 25 copies of "A Young People's History of The United States" in order to learn U.S. History. "A Young People's History of The United States" brings to history the viewpoints of workers, slaves, immigrants, women, Native Americans, and others whose stories, and their impact, are rarely included in books for young people. Beginning with a look at Christopher Columbus's arrival through the eyes of the Arawak Indians, then leading the reader through the struggles for workers' rights, women's rights, and civil rights during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and ending with the current protests against continued American imperialism. "A Young People's History of the United States" presents a radical new way of understanding America's history. In so doing, Howard Zinn reminds readers that America's true greatness is shaped by our dissident voices, not our military generals.

My students live in a large southern city.

Our school is situated in the backyard of one of our nation's greatest Civil Rights Leaders. The major public transportation station in our area was one an auction house for slaves. My students are growing up in a city that has played a major role in the Civil War as well as the Civil Rights Movement yet is barely acknowledged in our current curriculum. This project will give my students access to real history. It will knock them on their bottoms.

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A Young People''s History of the United States Howard Zinn, A • AKJ Books $14.56 25 $364.00

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