Teaching resources – Power in our Hands

Power in our HandsOregon trustee Norm Diamond co-authored with William Bigelow a book that sounds like it should be in every labor educator’s back pocket: The Power in Our Hands: A Curriculum on the History of Work and Workers in the United States (New York: Monthly Review Press, 1988).

It gets a strong endorsement from Alibris (http://www.alibris.com/Power-in-Our-Hands-Norman-Diamond/book/11363453) which says “This celebrated book provides entertaining, easy-to-use lesson plans for teaching labor history.”

Even better, the late great Pete Seeger adds that “Most school teachers are drowned in paper, but here is one book I want to recommend to them. It is a way of getting American teenagers not just interested, but excited and passionate about their history – modern American labor history.”

Other teaching resources to consider: the Zinn Education Project: http://zinnedproject.org/why/if-we-knew-our-history-series/, and “Youth, Unions and You,” a B.C. Teachers’ Federation teaching guide: https://www.bctf.ca/uploadedFiles/public/TeachingResources/YouthUnionsYou/index.html

Forthcoming in B.C.: An update of Youth, Unions and You plus a full unit of lessons for secondary school teachers on labour history/studies for the Social Justice 12 course that will be posted to the BCTF web site in fall 2014.