Category: Social Justice

We’re number one!

And by “we” I mean historian Howard Zinn, scholar and educator Ed Morales, and, to a much lesser extent, me. At the time I wrote this post, our book has been in the #1 spot in several Amazon categories since it was published on January 3.

The late Howard Zinn published the indispensable A People’s History of the United States in 1980 and updated it in 2003. A few years after that, with Howard’s encouragement and support, I had the great honor and pleasure of adapting the book for young readers. The Young People’s History of the United States was published in 2007 and has remained in print ever since. It’s deeply gratifying to know how many young people it has introduced to Howard’s important work.

Earlier this month, Seven Stories Press released a new edition of the Young People’s History. The text was updated to reflect the language we now use when talking about various groups within the American population. Ed Morales contributed two new sections that greatly expand coverage of the histories and roles of Latino immigrants and their descendants in the United States. Finally, I added new material on Asian American activism and on today’s young activists and their causes.

Helping to make Zinn’s work accessible to young readers has been an extraordinary privilege. I’m delighted to see this new edition of the Young People’s History already making a mark. I’m even more excited to report that a Spanish-language version of it will be published later this year.

I’m in Paris!

Not really, but this terrific poster advertising How to Change Everything is in the stations of the Paris Metro, or subway. How to Change Everything is the book for kids that I wrote with Naomi Klein, about fighting against climate change and for social justice. Proud to see it on the walls of the Metro!

How to Change Everything

Today How to Change Everything, a book for young people that I adapted from writings on climate change and social justice by journalist Naomi Klein, goes out into the world. It was a great honor to work on this book with someone whose fearless and honest journalism I have always admired.

Many of us are worried about the future of our planet, or about the unfairness of the fact that a small share of the world’s people are consuming a large share of its resources–and contributing the most to climate change while doing so. This book outlines the problems all of us face, as well as the solutions we can use to solve them. It profiles kids who have become climate and justice activists in all parts of the world.

Afraid that big changes just aren’t possible? How to Change Everything shows how whole nations have made huge changes to their economies almost overnight, when they’ve had to. And what we’ve done before, we can accomplish again. Are you ready to change everything to build a better, safer, more sustainable future, not just for humans but for all life on this planet? I hope this book will give you some ideas about how to do it.

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