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A People's History of the United States

A People's History of the United States

by Howard Zinn


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"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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062397348
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/17/2015
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 784
Sales rank: 1,493
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Howard Zinn (1922–2010) was a historian, playwright, and social activist. In addition to A People’s History of the United States, which has sold more than two million copies, he is the author of numerous books including The People Speak, Passionate Declarations, and the autobiography, You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train.

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

Afterword 683

Bibliography 689

Index 709

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