American History From Various Perspectives
February 4, 2012

Web Resources


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American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL)

This is a blog that “provides a critical perspective and analysis of indigenous peoples in children's and young adult books, the school curriculum, popular culture, and society”. The site may be a bit difficult to navigate, but if you scroll down you'll find links on both sides of the page to articles, book reviews, lesson plans, and much more!


Balancing Sources


This website is an interactive lesson plan that guides your students to examine historical events, consider how they have been portrayed in the past, and create a narrative that considers the various perspectives represented. Not only will this site help your students learn history from various perspectives, but it is also a wonderful resource to help your students analyze primary sources!


History Is A Weapon - A People's History Of The United States by Howard Zinn


This site features a digitized version of Howard Zinn's book, A People's History Of The United States.


The Library of Congress - American Memory


Browse by topic to explore a wealth of resources that document American history from various perspectives. You will find written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and even sheet music.


The Mindset List


The Mindset List was created at Beloit College in 1998 to reflect the world view of entering first year students. It is a fun way to look at generational perspectives!


NPR Interview – How the Understanding of U.S. History Changes


Steve Inskeep interviews Kyle Ward, November 21, 2006


PBS – Bill Moyers Journal


Bill Moyers interviews Howard Zinn, December 11, 2009.


PBS - POV: Documentaries with a Point of View


"POV (a cinema term for "point of view") is television's longest-running showcase for independent non-fiction films. POV premieres 14-16 of the best, boldest and most innovative programs every year on PBS. Since 1988, POV has presented over 300 films to public television audiences across the country. POV films are known for their intimacy, their unforgettable storytelling and their timeliness, putting a human face on contemporary social issues." Be sure to check out the EDUCATORS tab for lesson plans and other free resources!


Rights Matter: the story of the Bill of Rights

“The Bill of Rights Education Project develops innovative strategies of citizenship education that are designed to make the Bill of Rights relevant to young people.  The Project encourages teachers and middle and high school students to think critically about the difficult issues being debated in society and the courts, seeing this as essential to the future well-being of democracy.” You can download the entire curriculum as a PDF and order classroom sets under the CURRICULUM tab. Be sure to explore both the STUDENTS and TEACHERS tabs for lesson activities and other resources.


Stanford History Education Group – Reading Like a Historian

This is a wonderful resource for middle school and high school teachers looking for lesson plans that encourage critical thinking and analysis. “The Reading Like a Historian curriculum engages students in historical inquiry. Each lesson revolves around a central historical question and features sets of primary documents modified for groups of students with diverse reading skills and abilities.”


Teaching a People’s History: Zinn Education Project


"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 a people’s history in middle and high school classrooms across the country. The website offers more than 100 free, downloadable lessons and articles organized by theme, time period, and reading level." A free registration is required to access PDF teaching materials for all grade levels. Be sure to explore the "List of Resources" under the TEACHING MATERIALS tab to find books, films, posters, and websites to use in your classrooms.


Teaching for Change's Busboys and Poets Bookstore


Check out the BOOKLISTS tab to find the very best books for children, young adults, and teachers in categories that reflect a variety of perspectives.


Voice of Witness

"Voice of Witness is a 501(c)(3) registered non-profit book series that empowers those most closely affected by contemporary social injustice. Using oral history as a foundation, the series depicts human rights crises around the world through the stories of the men and women who experience them." You'll find downloadable lesson plans and resources in the "Sample Curricula and Lesson Plans" link under the TEACHERS tab.