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Teachers Are Going Beyond Textbooks to Change History Education

Textbooks reflect dominant social structuresincluding biases and the lack of representation of people who are historically relegated to the margins. Educators are looking for ways to use and expand on textbook content to teach a more inclusive and honest history. These LFJ resources provide some suggestions for how to make that happen. 

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Explore Honest History by Building Partnerships

To understand the complexities of the present, we must connect with the hard history of our country’s past. And we can learn about that honest history outside the classroom—in museums and field trips—because “No educator can accurately map out the whole landscape of our history alone. We are all stronger when we traverse the terrain together.”

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Statement by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee on the War in Vietnam, Fire, Praise for SNCC Statement on Vietnam, Murdered: Sammy Younge

The text is the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee’s official statement denouncing U.S. actions in Vietnam, plus a press release and a newspaper article on SNNC.
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Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee
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Subject
Social Studies
Civics
History
Social Justice Domain
July 18, 2022
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A letter written from Jo Ann Robinson to Mayor W.A. Gayle of Montgomery, Alabama, dated May 21, 1954

WPC President Jo Ann Robinson wrote to the mayor of Montgomery asking for fair treatment of Black people on public transportation.
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Women’s Political Council (WPC) President Jo Ann Robinson
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Social Studies
History
Social Justice Domain
July 18, 2022
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The Combahee River Collective Statement (1977)

A Black radical feminist organization of the 1970s, the Combahee River Collective outline their political ideology in their organization’s statement. They argue that race, gender and class oppression intersect to form new levels of inequalities experienced by Black women.
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The Combahee River Collective
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Subject
Social Studies
History
Social Justice Domain
July 18, 2022
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Northwest Community Organization pamphlet, 12th Street Detroit

In response to the 1967 Detroit Race Riots (which took place during the “Long, hot summer of 1967”) the Northwest Community Organization worked to address some of the underlying issues that persisted in urban areas, like residential segregation.
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Northwest Community Organization
Grade Level
Subject
Social Studies
History
Social Justice Domain
July 18, 2022
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