A People's History of the United States: 1492-Present

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Harper Collins, Feb 4, 2003 - History - 752 pages

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.

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In this article I think Zinn is trying to tell his readers that although the ending of slavery caused a lot of other reconstruction in America, it really became the only choice. Zinn also mentions ... Read full review

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A naive fool, a traitor, and a non-historian of the first order, Zinn's trash is more biased than any history book ever written. Revisionism of the worst sort and this "work" is as scholarly as that of a first grader. Many liberals, Hollywood types, and others have been taken in by this cherry-picking filth. But anyone from both left and right who has any sense of academic fairness and objectivity will see it for the anti American excrement it is. It is probably one of Kim Jong Un's favorite books, assuming he can read and may be required reading for his nation. If Zinn hated America and its history and development so much, he probably would have felt much happier living in Kim's land where he would feel at home with folks that share his view and values. As it is, it's too late and he's no doubt down below, assuming Satan would accept him. Many lies and unsupported assertion s are displayed in this so called "History." 

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Howard Zinn (1922-2010) was a historian, playwright, and social activist. His many books include A People's History of the United States, which has sold more than two million copies.

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