#tdih 1947 Congress held “Hollywood 10” in contempt for refusal to testify before House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC). Next day, Motion Picture Assoc. fired “Hollywood 10.” Censorship led to more racism, sexism & militarism in popular culture. ⬇️
"Movies of 1950s did not display any evidence of populist spirit which infused some of more notable ‘30s & ‘40s films. On the contrary, studios complacently turned out . . . movies which. . .debased women, ignored African Americans, & exalted war & imperialism." -- Allen Rivkin
Not in textbooks: "Red Scare was a scorched-earth policy against most progressive forces: labor unions organizing across racial lines; civil rights orgs. . . ; writers, artists, & journalists who advocated internationalism & peace." -- @LadyOfSardines ⬇️ zinnedproject.org/if-we-knew-our…
"Our students deserve to know that anti-communist repression has always been about a lot more than Russian spies & a blustering senator from Wisconsin."

See lesson ⬇️ by Ursula Wolfe-Rocca for grades 7+ to #TeachOutsideTextbook about long Red Scare.

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#tdih 1919 Bogalusa Labor Massacre. Self-Preservation & Loyalty League (SPLL) and Great Southern Lumber Company gunmen killed white allies of African American labor organizer Sol Dacus.

Their goal: undermine interracial union.

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Read more about Sol Dacus and 1919 Bogalusa Labor Massacre in Louisiana in thread below by @LadyOfSardines #TeachOutsideTextbook
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“Thus grew up a double system of justice, which erred on the white side by undue leniency and the practical immunity of red-handed criminals, and erred on the Black side by undue severity, injustice, and lack of discrimination.” -- W. E. B. Du Bois, Souls of Black Folk (1903)
How to teach about the times we are in? #TeachReconstruction

It's all in "Black Reconstruction" by W. E. B. Du Bois. See ⬇️

Too often the story of the grand experiment in interracial democracy in the U.S. -- and the white supremacist backlash -- is skipped or rushed through in classrooms across the country.

Find lessons, books, films, and more ⬇️ to #TeachReconstruction

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#tdih 1953: Indiana textbook commissioner (Mrs. White) called for ban of references to Robin Hood in schools. Like GOP anti-history ed bills today.

Brave group of @IUBloomington students (incl. in 📷⬇️) challenged #McCarthyism with Green Feather campaign. zinnedproject.org/news/tdih/call…
"There is a Communist directive in education now to stress the story of Robin Hood. They want to stress it because he robbed the rich & gave it to the poor. That’s Communist line. It’s a smearing of law & order & anything that disrupts law & order is their meat." -- Mrs. White
Five IU students in Baptist study group bravely protested. They got poultry feathers, dyed them green, & spread them around campus. Robin Hood is here!

Green Feather movement spread across country.

Read about response of FBI and local media here:
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On #VeteransDay and all year long, students deserve to learn truth about war, including from veterans themselves and their families.

Read ⬇️how Koch Brothers founded and funded Bill of Rights Institute exploits and lies about story of Pat Tillman.
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#VeteransDay Remember Oliver Law who served as Commander of the integrated Abraham Lincoln Brigade, fighting fascism in Spain just before WWII.

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#VeteransDay WWII vet Maceo Snipes was killed on July 18, 1946 by KKK for bravely casting vote in Georgia Democratic Primary. He may have survived Klan #terrorism, but Jim Crow hospital denied him treatment. #TeachTruth
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#tdih 1898 in Wilmington, NC: A massacre of African Americans by white supremacists, Black press & businesses burned, and coup d’etat of elected, interracial Reconstruction era government. #terrorism

Learn more & see #TeachReconstruction lessons ⬇️
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