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A People's History of the United Statesby Howard Zinn
Synopses & Reviews
Since its original landmark publication in 1980, A People's History of the United States has been chronicling American history from the bottom up, throwing out the official version of history taught in schools — with its emphasis on great men in high places — to focus on the street, the home, and the, workplace.
Known for its lively, clear prose as well as its scholarly research, A People's History is the only volume to tell America's story from the point of view of — and in the words of — America's women, factory workers, African-Americans, Native Americans, the working poor, and immigrant laborers. As historian Howard Zinn shows, many of our country's greatest battles — the fights for a fair wage, an eight-hour workday, child-labor laws, health and safety standards, universal suffrage, women's rights, racial equality — were carried out at the grassroots level, against bloody resistance. Covering Christopher Columbus's arrival through President Clinton's first term, A People's History of the United States, which was nominated for the American Book Award in 1981, features insightful analysis of the most important events in our history.
Revised, updated, and featuring a new after, word by the author, this special twentieth anniversary edition continues Zinn's important contribution to a complete and balanced understanding of American history.
Presents the history of the United States from the point of view of those who were exploited in the name of American progress.
Known for its lively, clear prose as well as its scholarly research, A People's History of the United States is the only volume to tell America's story from the point of view of — and in the words of — America's women, factory workers, African-Americans, Native Americans, working poor, and immigrant laborers. This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.
Table of 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 coming revolt of the guards — The Clinton presidency — The 2000 election and the "war on terrorism." — Afterword.
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