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Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove: Readings From Voices of a People's History of the United States

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When Howard Zinn, America's best-loved historian, began his work on Voices of a People's History of the United States (a companion volume to his classic, A People's History of the United States), his goal was to disrupt the stale paradigm of the inaccurate and at times deceitful representations of US history. In its place, he offered some of our nation's finest testimonies to living history-speeches, letters, poems, songs-left by the people who make history happen but who ...

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Overview

When Howard Zinn, America's best-loved historian, began his work on Voices of a People's History of the United States (a companion volume to his classic, A People's History of the United States), his goal was to disrupt the stale paradigm of the inaccurate and at times deceitful representations of US history. In its place, he offered some of our nation's finest testimonies to living history-speeches, letters, poems, songs-left by the people who make history happen but who usually are left out of history books-women, workers, people of color.

Zinn succeeded exceptionally, and now this phenomenal compilation has been set to stage. This DVD features Zinn and co-editor Anthony Arnove introducing the historical context of various excerpts of Voices. Seven most accomplished actors help bring to life a symphony of our nation's original voices, rich in ideas and actions, the embodiment of the power of civil disobedience and dissent wherein lies our nation's true spirit of defiance and resilience.

This groundbreaking DVD includes writer/producer John Sayles reading the journal entries of Bartolome de las Casas upon the conquistadors' encounter with America's first peoples in 1542; actor Brian Jones as Frederick Douglass confronting the New England Convention on the hypocrisy of celebrating Independence Day in 1849 amidst institutionalized slavery; and popular actor/director Lily Taylor as Emma Goldman, icon of American anarchism and feminism, performing her scathing critique of blind and ignorant patriotism at the outbreak of the First World War.

Howard Zinn is the author of the best-selling A People's History of the United States (overone million copies sold) and numerous other works of history, politics, and biography. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

Anthony Arnove is an editor, author, and activist based in Brooklyn, New York. His writing has appeared in The Nation, Financial Times, and Mother Jones.

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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/14/2006
  • ISBN-13: 9781904859420
  • Original Release: 2005
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  • Source: Alternative Tentacle
  • Region Code: 0
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:00:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 13,367

Cast & Crew

Technical Credits
Anthony Arnove Author, Editor
Howard Zinn Author
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Readings From Voices of a People's History of the United States
1. Introducton by Amy Goodman [8:55]
2. Introduction by Howard Zinn [7:20]
3. Bartolomé de Las Casas, The Devastation of the Indies: A Brief Account (1542) [4:45]
4. Tecumseh's Speech to the Osages (Winter 1811-1812) [3:19]
5. Harriet Hanson Robinson, "Characteristics of the Early Factory Girls" (1898) [3:51]
6. Frederick Douglass, "The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro" (July 5, 1852) [6:11]
7. Columbus Sun (Editorial), "The Class That Suffer" (February 17, 1865) [4:02]
8. Henry McNeal Turner, "On the Eligibility of Colored Member to Seats in the Georgia Legislature" (September 3, 1968) [5:29]
9. Susan B. Anthony Address Judge Ward Hunt in The United States of America vss. Susan B. Anthony (June 19, 1873) [4:49]
10. Mark Twain, "Comments on the Moro Massacre" (March 12, 1906) [5:42]
11. Emma Goldman, "Patriotism: A Menace to Liberty" (1908) [5:01]
12. Eugene Debs, The Canton, Ohio, Speech (June 16, 1918) [4:32]
13. E.E. Cummings, "R Sing of Olaf Glad and Big: (1931) [3:15]
14. Sylvia Woods, "You Have to Fight for Freedom" (1973) [3:11]
15. Langston Hughes, "Ballad of Roosevelt" [3:01]
16. Yuri Kochiyama, "Then Came the War" (1991) [6:24]
17. Paul Robeson's Unread Statement Before the House Committee on Un-American Activities (June 12, 1956) [5:59]
18. Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, McComb, Mississippi, Petition Against the War in Viewnam (July 28, 1965) [2:28]
19. Howard Zinn, "The Problem is Civil Obedience" (November 1970) [10:08]
20. John Lewis, Original Text of Speech to be Delivered at the Lincoln Memorial (August 28, 1963) [5:38]
21. Anne Moody, Coming of Age in Mississippi (1968) [3:58]
22. Vito Russo, "Why We Fight" (1988) [4:58]
23. Orlando Rodriguez and Phyllis Rodriguez, "not in Our Son's Name" (September 15, 2001) [5:06]
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