People's History of the United States

ISBN-10: 1565848268

ISBN-13: 9781565848269

Edition: 2003

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List price: $21.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 7/1/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 640
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.936
Language: English

A committed radical historian and activist, Howard Zinn approaches the study of the past from the point of view of those whom he feels have been exploited by the powerful. Zinn was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1922. After working in local shipyards during his teens, he joined the U.S. Army Air Force, where he saw combat as a bombardier in World War II. He received a Ph.D. in history from Columbia University in 1958 and was a postdoctoral fellow in East Asian studies at Harvard University. While teaching at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, Zinn joined the civil rights movement and wrote The Southern Mystique (1964) and SNCC: The New Abolitionists (1964). He also became an outspoken critic of the Vietnam War, writing Vietnam: The Logic of Withdrawal (1967) and visiting Hanoi to receive the first American prisoners released by the North Vietnamese. Zinn's best-known and most-praised work, as well as his most controversial, is A People's History of the United States (1980). It explores American history under the thesis that most historians have favored those in power, leaving another story untold. Zinn discusses such topics as Native American views of Columbus and the socialist and anarchist opposition to World War I in examining his theory that historical change is most often due to "mass movements of ordinary people." Zinn's other books include You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train: A Personal History of Our Times (1995) and Artists in Times of War (2004). He has also written the plays Emma (1976), Daughter of Venus (1985), and Marx in Soho (1999).

Kathy Emery has taught high school history for sixteen years, has a Ph.D. in education from the University of California Davis, and is currently working with Teachers for Social Justice and the San Francisco Organizing Project. Her dissertation on which this book was based can be found at www.educationanddemocracy.org.

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
Afterword: On the Clinton Presidency
Bibliography
Index
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