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A people's history of the United States : 1492-present

Author: Howard Zinn
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, 1999.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 20th anniversary edView all editions and formats
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Consistently lauded for its lively, readable prose, this revised and updated edition of A People's History of the United States turns traditional textbook history on its head. Howard Zinn infuses the often-submerged voices of blacks, women, American Indians, war resisters, and poor laborers of all nationalities into this thorough narrative that spans American history from Christopher Columbus's arrival to an  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Howard Zinn
ISBN: 0060194480 9780060194482
OCLC Number: 42420960
Description: 702 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Columbus, the Indians, and Human Progress --
Drawing the Color Line --
Persons of Mean and Vile Condition --
Tyranny Is Tyranny --
A Kind of Revolution --
The Intimately Oppressed --
As Long as Grass Grows or Water Runs --
We Take Nothing by Conquest, Thank God --
Slavery Without Submission, Emancipation Without Freedom --
The Other Civil War --
Robber Barons and Rebels --
The Empire and the People --
The Socialist Challenge --
War Is the Health of the State --
Self-help in Hard Times --
A People's War? --
"Or Does It Explode?" --
The Impossible Victory: Vietnam --
Surprises --
The Seventies: Under Control? --
Carter-Reagan-Bush: The Bipartisan Consensus --
The Unreported Resistance --
The Clinton Presidency and the Crisis of Democracy --
The Coming Revolt of the Guards --
Afterword for the Twentieth Anniversary Edition.
Other Titles: History of the United States
Responsibility: Howard Zinn.

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Consistently lauded for its lively, readable prose, this revised and updated edition of A People's History of the United States turns traditional textbook history on its head. Howard Zinn infuses the often-submerged voices of blacks, women, American Indians, war resisters, and poor laborers of all nationalities into this thorough narrative that spans American history from Christopher Columbus's arrival to an afterword on the Clinton presidency. Addressing his trademark reversals of perspective, Zinn--a teacher, historian, and social activist for more than 20 years--explains, "My point is not that we must, in telling history, accuse, judge, condemn Columbus in absentia. It is too late for that; it would be a useless scholarly exercise in morality. But the easy acceptance of atrocities as a deplorable but necessary price to pay for progress (Hiroshima and Vietnam, to save Western civilization; Kronstadt and Hungary, to save socialism; nuclear proliferation, to save us all)--that is still with us. One reason these atrocities are still with us is that we have learned to bury them in a mass of other facts, as radioactive wastes are buried in containers in the earth." If your last experience of American history was brought to you by junior high school textbooks--or even if you're a specialist--get ready for the other side of stories you may not even have heard. With its vivid descriptions of rarely noted events, A People's History of the United States is required reading for anyone who wants to take a fresh look at the rich, rocky history of America.

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