Common Sense Review
Updated October 2015

Zinn Education Project: Slavery

Powerful resources examine the history of slavery and racism in the U.S.
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  • Large collection of powerful lessons on the slavery.
  • Recommended film clips to engage all types of learners.
  • Learn about black abolitionists.
Jennifer Sitkin
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How Can Teachers Use It?

The Zinn Education Project provides educators with an extensive collection of resources to challenge students to think deeply about the impact of slavery and racism on individuals and the society as a whole. Teachers are encouraged to read Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States, as many of the lessons build off ideas in the book. The collection includes free teaching activities and recommended books and films for purchase. Many of the activities will add depth to existing curriculum. For example, the Election of 1860 role play helps students understand reasons for the Civil War, and the lesson on the Abolition Movement has students deal with the challenges to ending slavery. In addition, there are opportunities to integrate other disciplines into student learning such as using The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas to examine resistance, and an art contest to capture the experiences of runaway slaves. In addition, the suggested books would be a good fit for any classroom library available for student enrichment. 

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