A People's History of the United States

A People's History of the United States

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"[C]hronicles 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, A People's History of the United States 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents: Columbus, the Indians, and Human Progress
Drawing the Color Line
Persons of Mean and Vile Condition
Tyranny Is Tyranny
A Kind of Revolution
The Intimately Oppressed
As Long as Grass Grows or Water Runs
We Take Nothing by Conquest, Thank God
Slavery Without Submission, Emancipation Without Freedom
The Other Civil War
Robber Barons and Rebels
The Empire and the People
The Socialist Challenge
War Is the Health of the State
Self-help in Hard Times
A People's War?
"Or Does It Explode?"
The Impossible Victory : Vietnam
Surprises
The Seventies : Under Control?
Carter-Reagan-Bush : The Bipartisan Consensus
The Unreported Resistance
The Coming Revolt of the Guards
The Clinton Presidency
The 2000 Election and the "War on Terrorism"
Publisher: New York : HarperPerennial, 2015
Copyright Date: ©2015
Branch Call Number: 973 Z PBK
Characteristics: xxii, 729, 16 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN: 9780062397348
0062397346

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SPPL_KatieH
Jun 07, 2019

Zinn teaches history from a more rounded perspective, and it's clear he is invested in telling the truth without judgment. I read this book in my freshman year in college, and I'm grateful to the professor who assigned it because I had previously been taught a partial history that didn't completely make sense to me, and A People's History fleshes it out in a straightforward manner. The reading was challenging but I'm all the better for it.

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pfsheckarski
Apr 16, 2019

Essential.

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ksolnit
Mar 19, 2019

If you want to read a version of American history from a socialist point of view, where there were NO good presidents, Congresses, or Supreme Courts, where every decision was made in the interests of Big Business at the expense of the poor, exploited, and discriminated-against, then this is for you. This is history viewed through a very distorted lens.

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4536o
Mar 11, 2019

History, it is said, is written by the victors. In the case of the U.S., that would be the elites. Zinn offers a stunning alternative, a history written from the perspective of the average citizen. If you want to be shocked out of believing the hoary public myths grounding the founding stories of our country, this is the book for you.

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AaronAardvark1940
Nov 26, 2018

When I returned to college, the only non-major class required for graduation was a semester of American history. Halfway through the turgid assigned text, I decided that the book told me very little that my high school history hadn’t taught, or that I hadn’t already learned simply by living in this country. So, I took the test without further reading, and passed easily. If only Zinn’s book had been the required text, I would have been so much more challenged and better educated! Twiggzette doesn’t get it; exposure to facts isn’t revisionism. Like many history books, the one given to me was written for and about the 5% winners. The other 95% of us need Zinn’s book to fully understand what the American Republic is, and to comprehend the structure of our nominally representative government. SFDolceVita should realize that he is a member of the 95%. And 4thPoliticalTheory’s claim that “The fundamental flaw to this book is the same you'll find everywhere in the 'white people are the most evil race in history' argument” is not found in Zinn’s book. The suggestion that European culture is best because it is dominant is self-congratulatory nonsense. History is so much more complicated than knowing names, dates, places…
Read this book to expand your horizons and to flesh out your view of America.

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ABou1391
Nov 10, 2018

A must read for anyone interested in the actual history of America

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SFDolceVita
Oct 30, 2018

A better title would have been "A Losers' History of the United States".

CMLibrary_akeller Mar 24, 2018

It was interesting to read about the side of American history we don't usually hear about. Well worth the read.

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cardigramma
Mar 28, 2017

Love this book so much I am going to buy my own copy. Gives a totally different perspective on U.S. history.

cals_joe Mar 25, 2017

Probably did as much to inform my view of the world as anything I've ever read.

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