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Young People's History of the United States

ISBN-10: 1583228691
ISBN-13: 9781583228692
Edition: 2009
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Description: Now in paperback with illustrations, this is the new, revised, and updated single volume young adult edition of Howard Zinns classic telling of American history. A Young Peoples History of the United States brings to US history the viewpoints of  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
Publication date: 6/11/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.364
Language: English

Now in paperback with illustrations, this is the new, revised, and updated single volume young adult edition of Howard Zinns classic telling of American history. A Young Peoples History of the United States brings to US history the viewpoints of workers, slaves, immigrants, women, Native Americans, and others whose stories, and their impact, are rarely included in books for young people. A Young Peoples History of the United States is also a companion volume to The People Speak , Zinns forthcoming televised series, adapted from A Peoples History of the United States and Voices of a Peoples History of the United States .Beginning with a look at Christopher Columbus arrival through the eyes of the Arawak Indians; then leading the reader through the struggles for workers rights, womens rights, and civil rights during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; and ending with the current protests against continued American imperialism, Zinn presents a radical new way of understanding Americas history. In so doing, he reminds readers that Americas true greatness is shaped by our dissident voices, not our military generals.Howard Zinn is the author of numerous books, including A People's History of the United States , as well as many recent books published by Seven Stories Press: Voices of a Peoples History of the United States and Terrorism and War , both with Anthony Arnove; The Zinn Reader ; and the Spanish-language edition of A Peoples History of the United States , La otra historia . He is professor emeritus of political science at Boston University. Rebecca Stefoff is the author of many books for children and young adults, including a biography of the Shawnee chieftain Tecumseh and her adaptation of Ronald Takakis award-winning history of Asian Americans, Strangers from a Different Shore .

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).

Rebecca Stefoff is the author of many books for children and young adults, including a biography of the Shawnee chieftain Tecumseh and her adaptation of Ronald Takaki's award-winning history of Asian Americans, Strangers from a Different Shore.

Introduction
Columbus and the Indians
Black and White
Who were the Colonists?
Tyranny is Tyranny
Revolutions
The Women of Early America
As Long as Grass Grows or Water Runs
War with Mexico
Slavery and Emancipation
The Other Civil War
Robber Barons and Rebels
The American Empire
Class Struggle
World War I
Hard Times
World War II and the Cold War
Black Revolt and Civil Rights
Vietnam
Surprises
Under Control?
Politics as Usual
Resistance
The End of the Twentieth Century
The "War on Terrorism"
War in Iraq, Conflict at Home
"Rise Like Lions"
Glossary
Index
About the Authors

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