Common Dreams | 03 March, 2017
The Zinn Education Project, which aims to “to introduce students to a more accurate, complex, and engaging understanding of United States history than is found in traditional textbooks and curricula,” noted Thursday that educators in the state may have a very different take from Hendren: “To date, there are more than 250 teachers in Arkansas who have signed up to access people’s history lessons from the Zinn Education Project website.”
The project is also offering a free copy of Zinn’s seminal A People’s History of the United States to any Arkansas teacher who requests it:
Publisher Haymarket Books, meanwhile, tweeted in response to the news that people should read more of Zinn’s works.
It’s not first time in recent history the works of the legendary Zinn have been the target of suppression.
Emails unearthed by the Associated Press in 2013, for example, revealed that former Governor of Indiana Mitch Daniels sought to ban Zinn’s works from that state’s classrooms, and the Tucson, Arizona school district in 2012 banned A People’s History from all classrooms.
Given the response in Indiana to the revelations of Daniel’s censorship attempt, however, Hendren may also find his own Zinn-banning efforts backfire.