"A wonderful, splendid book—a book that should be read by every American, student or otherwise, who wants to understand his country, its true history, and its hope for the future." –Howard Fast
Historian Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States chronicles American history from the bottom up, throwing out the official narrative 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, it 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 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 features insightful analysis of the most important events in our history. This edition also includes an introduction by Anthony Arnove, who wrote, directed, and produced The People Speak with Zinn and who coauthored, with Zinn, Voices of a People’s History of the United States.
This beautifully designed Harper Perennial Deluxe Edition features French flaps and deckle-edge pages.
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Table of Contents
Introduction Anthony Arnove xi
1 Columbus, the Indians, and Human Progress
2 Drawing the Color Line 23
3 Persons of Mean and Vile Condition 39
4 Tyranny Is Tyranny 59
5 A Kind of Revolution 77
6 The Intimately Oppressed 103
7 As Long as Grass Grows or Water Runs 125
8 We Take Nothing by Conquest, Thank God 149
9 Slavery Without Submission, Emancipation Without Freedom 171
10 The Other Civil War 211
11 Robber Barons and Rebels 253
12 The Empire and the People 297
13 The Socialist Challenge 321
14 War Is the Health of the State 359
15 Self-help in Hard Times 377
16 A People's War? 407
17 "Or Does It Explode?" 443
18 The Impossible Victory; Vietnam 469
19 Surprises 503
20 The Seventies: Under Control? 541
21 Carter-Reagan-Bush: The Bipartisan Consensus 563
22 The Unreported Resistance 601
23 The Coming Revolt of the Guards 631
24 The Clinton Presidency 643
25 The 2000 Election and the "War on Terrorism" 675