With the protests in Egypt very much in the news, I thought it might be useful to bring together my related “The Best…” lists together with other resources into one “The Best….” list.
There are clearly some omissions here, so I help readers will make suggestions for additions. I’ll also be keeping my eye out for more.
Here are my choices for The Best Sites For Learning About Protests In History (that are accessible to English Language Learners):
First, I’ll start off with links to previously posted “The Best…” lists:
Even though I include links to several “The Best…” lists about well-known figures in history, it’s also important to keep in mind what The New Yorker wrote in an exceptional article about pioneers in the civil rights struggle. It’s also accompanied by quite a few images.
I was particularly struck by this passage:
“One thing that I think the history books,and the media, have gotten very wrong is portraying the movement as Martin Luther King’s movement, when in fact it was a people’s movement,” Diane Nash, a founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, said. “If people understood that it was ordinary people who did everything that needed to be done in the movement, instead of thinking, I wish we had a Martin Luther King now, they would ask, ‘What can I do?’ Idolizing just one person undermines the struggle.”
In community organizing, we often taught and discussed the long-term dangers to social change brought about by idolizing charismatic leaders. As a teacher, though, it’s easy to lose sight of that important concept when dealing with trying to help students learn so many other things. I try my best to communicate that message.
Here are some other good resources:
A Brief History of People Power is the title of a slideshow from TIME Magazine. This is how they describe it:
As mass protests in Tunisia seek to bring about regime change, TIME looks at other instances of popular rebellion.
Top Ten Protest Symbols is a slideshow from TIME Magazine highlighting images of what they think are — historically — the….top ten protest symbols. They certainly have some photos that most of us would agree belong there, but I think they’ve missed some important ones. How about a picture of Gandhi with his spinning wheel?
Unpredictable Uprisings is an interesting slideshow from The New York Times.
The 10 best protests is a slideshow from The Guardian.
Power to the people: A look at key political revolutions is a Los Angeles Times slideshow.
Revolt! Comparing Historical Revolutions is an adaptable lesson plan from The New York Times Learning Network (and includes a simple hand-out).
Top 10 Famous Protest Plazas is a great slideshow from TIME Magazine.
The 10 best protest songs – in pictures comes from The Guardian.
Ordinary folks changing the world is an interesting slideshow from Salon that includes some people you wouldn’t ordinarily think of…
16 Of History’s Most Rebellious Women is a slideshow from TIME Magazine.
Here are resources on the Tiananmen Square protests:
The Tank Man of Tiananmen made history by his efforts to stop tanks rolling into Tiananmen Square in China to crush student protests.
Here is a video of what occurred:
Here are some photos:
Behind the Scenes: Tank Man of Tiananmen is from The New York Times.
Tiananmen Square, Then and Now is from The Atlantic.
Remembering Tiananmen Square is a CNN video:
22nd Anniversary of Tiananmen Square Crackdown is a slideshow from The Washington Post.
Remembering Tiananmen Square (SLIDESHOW) comes from The Huffington Post.
Man vs. machine is a slideshow from The Washington Post.
Top 10 Most Influential Protests is a TIME Magazine slideshow.
Sound of Post-Soviet Protest: Claps and Beeps is an intriguing New York Times story that would have to be modified for ELL’s.
A Brief History of Women’s Protests is a slideshow from TIME Magazine.
Global Protests is a nice photo gallery from The Boston Globe.
Who Are the 99%? Ways to Teach About Occupy Wall Street is a lesson plan from The New York Times Learning Network. It has some good ideas on teaching about any kind of protest.
Here’s a TIME slideshow, Top 10 American Protest Movements.
Where Are They Now?: 7 Protest Songs With Legs is from NPR.
The Protester: A Portfolio is from TIME.
Voices of protest: five protesters tell their stories – interactive comes from The Guardian.
The Politics of Children’s Literature: What’s Wrong with the Rosa Parks Myth is from The Zinn Education Project.
Bill Moyers has published a collection of twenty-one historical protest songs, including videos of artists performing them. There are also many additional suggestions included in the comments on his post. He’s expanded that list into Viewers’ Protest Song Playlist.
Toolkit for “Move to the Music” is a lesson plan on protest songs from Teaching Tolerance.
20 of your songs that changed the world is from The BBC.
How flash mob flamenco took on the banks is from The BBC.
Additional suggestions are welcome.
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