Recommended: Erasing the Black Freedom Struggle: How State Standards Fail to Teach the Truth About Reconstruction (Zinn Education Project)

Currently nearly 4 out of 10 students in the U.S. are being impacted by CRT/1619 Project bans and a rising tide of book censorship. Many educators are being silenced, often fearing (rightfully) for their careers.

I strongly recommend this resource from the Zinn Education Project: Erasing the Black Freedom Struggle: How State Standards Fail to Teach the Truth About Reconstruction.

The report addresses the following questions:

  • Do state social studies educational standards for K–12 schools recommend or require students to learn about Reconstruction? 
  • Is the content that state standards recommend or require on Reconstruction historically accurate and reflective of modern scholarship?
  • What would an ideal set of historically accurate state standards on Reconstruction look like?
  • What are some efforts underway to give the Reconstruction era the time and perspective it deserves?

Educators and the public must confront and reject efforts to erase and silence history, and this report is a powerful and evidence-based step in that direction.