Voices of A People's History of the United States / Edition 2

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Overview

Here in their own words are Frederick Douglass, George Jackson, Chief Joseph, Martin Luther King Jr., Plough Jogger, Sacco and Vanzetti, Patti Smith, Bruce Springsteen, Mark Twain, and Malcolm X, to name just a few of the hundreds of voices that appear in Voices of a People's History of the United States, edited by Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove.
Paralleling the twenty-four chapters of Zinn's A People's History of the United States, Voices of a People’s History is the long-awaited companion volume to the national bestseller. For Voices, Zinn and Arnove have selected 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, nonwhites. Zinn has written short introductions to the texts, which range in length from letters or poems of less than a page to entire speeches and essays that run several pages. Voices of a People’s History is 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.
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Editorial Reviews

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Howard Zinn, who believes that the traditional teaching of American history is "badly twisted . . . by its submersion of non-white people," has published an impressive companion volume to his A People's History of the United States. Matching his original book chapter for chapter, Zinn presents a compendium of excerpts from the voices he feels have been smothered beneath pages of history texts focused on generals and wars. His excerpts do not merely echo those whom he cited in his first volume. Zinn enlarges his choice of primary sources to extend the material of his earlier book, citing at fuller length those he cited before and then adding rich and longer excerpts from other pertinent works. Zinn's selections do, of course, reflect his political beliefs. His brief introductions to each chapter and his briefer comments before each "voice" from history leave no doubt where he stands in a book he dedicates "To the rebel voices of the coming generation." His work remains, however, a rich source of material often unavailable to the student of American history. KLIATT Codes: SA*—Exceptional book, recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2004, Seven Stories Press, 665p. bibliog. index., Ages 15 to adult.
—Patricia Moore
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781583229163
  • Publisher: Seven Stories Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/2009
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 672
  • Sales rank: 75,386
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Meet the Author

The visionary historical work of professor and activist HOWARD ZINN (1922–2010) is widely considered one of the most important and influential of our era. After his experience as a bombardier in World War II, Zinn became convinced that there could no longer be such a thing as a “just war,” because the vast majority of victims in modern warfare are, increasingly, innocent civilians. In his books, including A People’s History of the United States, its companion volume Voices of a People’s History of the United States, and countless other titles, Zinn affirms the power of the people to influence the course of events.
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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Columbus and Las Casas 29
Ch. 2 The first slaves 51
Ch. 3 Servitude and rebellion 63
Ch. 4 Preparing the revolution 79
Ch. 5 Half a revolution 93
Ch. 6 The early women's movement 115
Ch. 7 Indian removal 133
Ch. 8 The war on Mexico 153
Ch. 9 Slavery and defiance 167
Ch. 10 Civil war and class conflict 197
Ch. 11 Strikers and populists in the gilded age 215
Ch. 12 The expansion of the empire 239
Ch. 13 Socialists and wobblies 257
Ch. 14 Protesting the First World War 283
Ch. 15 From the Jazz Age to the uprisings of the 1930s 311
Ch. 16 World War II and McCarthyism 355
Ch. 17 The black upsurge against racial segregation 389
Ch. 18 Vietnam and beyond : the historic resistance 421
Ch. 19 Women, gays, and other voices of resistance 453
Ch. 20 Losing control in the 1970s 481
Ch. 21 The Carter-Reagan-Bush consensus 511
Ch. 22 Panama, the 1991 Gulf War, and the war at home 543
Ch. 23 Challenging Bill Clinton 569
Ch. 24 Bush II and the "war on terror" 599
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