A Young People's History of the United States

A Young People's History of the United States

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by Howard Zinn
     
 

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A Young People's History of the United States brings to US history the viewpoints of workers, slaves, immigrants, women, Native Americans, and others whose stories, and their impact, are rarely included in books for young people. A Young People's History of the United States is also a companion volume to The People Speak, the film adapted from A People's History of

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A Young People's History of the United States brings to US history the viewpoints of workers, slaves, immigrants, women, Native Americans, and others whose stories, and their impact, are rarely included in books for young people. A Young People's History of the United States is also a companion volume to The People Speak, the film adapted from A People's History of the United States and Voices of a People’s History of the United States.
Beginning with a look at Christopher Columbus’s arrival through the eyes of the Arawak Indians, then leading the reader through the struggles for workers’ rights, women’s rights, and civil rights during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and ending with the current protests against continued American imperialism, Zinn in the volumes of A Young People’s History of the United States presents a radical new way of understanding America’s history. In so doing, he reminds readers that America’s true greatness is shaped by our dissident voices, not our military generals.

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VOYA - Susan Allen
This update of a classic is to some a controversial telling of American history. Books for youth rarely present American history that is not told from the politicians or, in some cases, the popular view, but from the viewpoints and of the impact on workers, slaves, immigrants, women, Native Americans, and others. Content here has been adapted from and is part of The People Speak, a soon to air History Channel series. The entire book is presented in sepia tones, from the many photos to the two-page short informative essays and the text. The layout uses white space well, and what could be a cold textbook becomes a welcoming, easy-to-read volume. The glossary allows readers to understand historical terms. The index enables researchers to narrow in on the areas of interest to them. Beginning with Christopher Columbus's arrival through the eyes of the Arawak Indians and then the struggles for workers' rights, women's rights, and civil rights during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, before ending with the current protests against continued American imperialism, a different way of understanding America's history is offered. This well-written volume contains primary sources and an often overlooked view of history. Students are given the opportunity to see history through the eyes of the common people and to realize that dissent has always had a place in American history. It will be a useful addition to a middle and high school library. Reviewer: Susan Allen

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781583228692
Publisher:
Seven Stories Press
Publication date:
06/02/2009
Edition description:
Abridged
Pages:
464
Sales rank:
79,699
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
10 - 15 Years

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 volumeVoices 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.

REBECCA STEFOFF is the author of more than 100 nonfiction books for children and young adults, and she has adapted several best-selling history books for younger readers.

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A Young People's History of the United States 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Coming from the words of a 13 year old, this book was awesome. I would recomend it to anyone (if you are in middle school at least).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a great resource to give perspective on American history.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldnt keep my eyes off it! Learned so much. If u like histiry buy thid
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Finally, a history of America that does not keep for its objective the furthering of imperialism.
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Howards book" Young People............History" is an excellent book. Any one who is having difficulty with understand history , this is the book for anyone.
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V Stokely More than 1 year ago
Awsome history book
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It's outright propaganda of the worst kind, making all kinds of attacks on anything Zinn sees fit to. Ranging from denouncing the US for going to war even when our allies are under threat to squealing about the tired rhetoric of "American Imperialism" (Too bad no such thing exists), even to calling ABRAHAM LINCOLN a greedy racist, the entire book is an incoherent mess of political nonsense. Now, that wouldn't be too bad if it weren't for the fact this is required reading for thousands of schools across America. Yeah, this blatant propaganda is being shoved down the throats of millions of students across the nation. A godawful read, just use eNotes instead of subjecting yourself to this mess.