DVD: The Most Dangerous Man In America
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Rethinking Schools (Milwaukee, WI) and the Washington D.C.-based Teaching for Change have collaborated on the Zinn Education Project, www.zinnedproject.org, inspired by the work of the late historian, Howard Zinn (1923-2010). The site offers over 75 free, downloadable U.S. history articles and lesson plans that show different ways to teach a "people's history" in the classroom. Many of these began as articles in Rethinking Schools magazine. The site is changing all the time, so if you haven't visited recently, check it out.
The latest Zinn Education Project production is an eight-lesson, 100-page teaching guide to accompany the Academy Award-nominated film, The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers. The lessons range from uncovering the deep roots of U.S. involvement in Vietnam, to critically analyzing the 1964 Gulf of Tonkin resolution, to evaluating the legal issues in the Ellsberg case -- issues that resonate today in the WikiLeaks release of secret documents related to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The guide is filled with role plays, historical documents, mock trials, critical reading activities, personal narrative assignments, and more. Download the guide at http://zinnedproject.org/posts/7325.
The teaching guide's five writers are Rethinking Schools Curriculum Editor Bill Bigelow; longtime Portland Area Rethinking Schools activist Sylvia McGauley; former Rethinking Schools editor Hyung Nam; and two teachers with recent articles in the magazine, Tom McKenna and Julie Treick O'Neill.
What the Critics are Saying
"CRITIC’S PICK! Riveting! A straight-ahead, enthralling story of moral courage. This story changed the world…offers one revelatory interview after another… We have not celebrated Daniel Ellsberg enough. Let’s begin." - David Edelstein, New York Magazine
"The most exciting thriller I’ve seen in a while… as powerful as anything Hollywood can throw at us." - V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Fascinating, must-see documentary ….crams a wealth of material into 90 minutes without losing clarity or momentum." - Ronnie Scheib, Variety
"Gripping, evocative… comprehensively detailed …chilling and perversely entertaining." - Gary Goldstein, The Los Angeles Times
"A thrilling journalistic drama… a brisk and eye-opening approach to recent history." - Chris Barsanti, The Hollywood Reporter
ACADEMY AWARD® NOMINEE- Best Documentary Feature