New PDF release: A People's History for the Classroom

By Bill Bigelow

ISBN-10: 0942961390

ISBN-13: 9780942961393

A people's pedagogy, like a people's heritage, may still alert scholars to deep currents of justice and equality in U.S. background, and in various methods inspire scholars to aim at the personas of people that labored to make this a extra democratic society. A people's background and pedagogy should enable scholars to acknowledge that 'we' weren't unavoidably those stealing land, shedding bombs, or breaking moves. 'We' have been finishing slavery, battling for women's rights, organizing unions, marching opposed to wars, and attempting to create a society premised at the Golden Rule

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War against Mexico. ” A 27-year-old Boston poet and abolitionist, James Russell Lowell, began writing satirical poems in the Boston Courier (they were later collected as the Biglow Papers). In them, a New England farmer, Hosea Biglow, spoke, in his own dialect, on the war: Ez fer war, I call it murder — — There you hev it plain an’ flat; I don’t want to go no furder — Than my Testyment fer that. … They jest want this Californy — So’s to lug new slave-states in 42 A PEOPLE’S HISTORY FOR THE CLASSROOM His friend and fellow writer Ralph Waldo Emerson agreed, but thought it futile to protest.

I won’t support that. For my “crime,” they put me in jail for a night. My friend, the famous writer Ralph Waldo Emerson, came to visit me in jail. ” Against my wishes, friends of mine paid my tax and I was released. But I have come to believe that the way to stop injustice is not merely to speak out against it, but also to refuse to obey unjust laws. I am a Unitarian minister in Boston, Massachusetts, with a congregation of 7,000. I oppose this war with Mexico because this is a war to expand slavery.

The real blame lies with a system that values property over people. European society was organized so that an individual had to own property to feel secure. The more property one owned, the more security, the more control over one’s destiny. There was no security without private ownership of property. If you were poor, you could starve. The Taínos were not perfect, but they had no “poor” and no one starved. Indians commented that Europeans’ love of gold was like a disease. In fact, this attitude was a product of a diseased system.

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