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A People's History of the United States

1492 to Present

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Since its original landmark publication in 1980, A People's History of the United States has been chronicling American history from the bottom up, throwing out the official version of history 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 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, working poor, and immigrant laborers. As historian Howard Zinn shows, many of our country's greatest battles–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 the 2000 Election and the "war on terrorism," A People's History of the United States, which was nominated for the American Book Award in 1981 and has sold more than one million copies, features insightful analysis of the most important events in our history.

This new edition contains two new chapters covering the Clinton presidency, the 2000 Election, and the "war on terrorism," continuing Zinn's important contribution to a complete and balanced understanding of American history.

From Publishers Weekly

Apr 01, 2003 – According to this classic of revisionist American history, narratives of national unity and progress are a smoke screen disguising the ceaseless conflict between elites and the masses whom they oppress and exploit. Historian Zinn sides with the latter group in chronicling Indians' struggle against Europeans, blacks' struggle against racism, women's struggle against patriarchy, and workers' struggle against capitalists. First published in 1980, the volume sums up decades of post-war scholarship into a definitive statement of leftist, multicultural, anti-imperialist historiography. This edition updates that project with new chapters on the Clinton and Bush presidencies, which deplore Clinton's pro-business agenda, celebrate the 1999 Seattle anti-globalization protests and apologize for previous editions' slighting of the struggles of Latinos and gays. Zinn's work is an vital corrective to triumphalist accounts, but his uncompromising radicalism shades, at times, into cynicism. Zinn views the Bill of Rights, universal suffrage, affirmative action and collective bargaining not as fundamental (albeit imperfect) extensions of freedom, but as tactical concessions by monied elites to defuse and contain more revolutionary impulses; voting, in fact, is but the most insidious of the"controls." It's too bad that Zinn dismisses two centuries of talk about"patriotism, democracy, national interest" as mere"slogans" and"pretense," because the history he recounts is in large part the effort of downtrodden people to claim these ideals for their own.

Customer Reviews

Love your country, warts and all.

This truly is a people's history, told from the perspective of the people. Not the government. Not the victors. Make no mistake, the United States is a great country, but we are not without skeletons. In order to truly love your country, you must learn from the mistakes along with celebrating the successes. Don't be afraid of the truth... it will serve you well.

Great Book

Anyone who gave this 1 star was sent here by fox news. Howard Zinn was in fact a well respected historian. Historians go off of facts fox news makes their's up. Great read makes history interesting to study.

History teacher

I am a history teacher and use this book quite often. The students of today need to know about their entire history and not just the lies told by the government. In history, the good must be told with the bad. This book helps to accomplish that feat. A MUST have for true patriots.

A People's History of the United States
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: History
  • Published: Jan 26, 2010
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books
  • Seller: HarperCollins
  • Print Length: 768 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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