A People's History of the United States

A People's History of the United States

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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, working poor, and immigrant laborers.This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.
Publisher: New York : HarperPerennial, 2005, c2003.
ISBN: 9780060838652
0060838655
Characteristics: 729, 16 p. ; 21 cm.

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StarGladiator
Mar 18, 2021

Years ago I tactfully and respectfully requested of Zinn some sources on his comments in one of his books on President John F. Kennedy and his administration (ALL lies). He had none!
What a farce --- to promote fake history based solely on hearsay (from the CIA, of course).
Chomsky and Zinn, masters of hearsay, obscurers of fact.
Reminds one of how they peddled that falsehood for so long: "For every American job offshored, two or more are (magically) created here." Finally it was admitted to be an ASSUMPTION.
Assumptions are not facts and hearsay is not a source. Inadmissable in a real court of law.
Two more concise and pertinent books would be Ferdinand Lundberg's "The Rich and the Super-rich" and Gustavus Myers book, "History of the Great American Fortunes."

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GeneralAmerica
Jan 30, 2021

The right wing nuts are going crazy about this book. LOL Truth hurts! A previous reviewer commented about Mary Grabar. She is another propaganda spreader for the alt-right. She is pushing to censor books! I thought the right was against cancel culture. Yet they do it way more than the left because they don't want their sheeple educated.
See the following:

Debunking Mary Grabar
August 10, 2020
BY JOHN K. WILSON

Mary Grabar, a fellow at the right-wing Alexander Hamilton Institute, has written an essay praising Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) for introducing the Saving American History Act of 2020, “a bill that would prohibit the use of federal funds to teach the 1619 Project by K-12 schools or school districts.” This is the right-wing version of “cancel culture,” except it adds government repression to the mix, making it far worse.

Grabar endorses censorship because she dismisses the idea that teachers are competent professionals who can be trusted to analyze complex concepts: “few teachers have the ability or the time to teach beyond the materials given to them.”

Grabar compares the 1619 Project to Howard Zinn, about whom she wrote a book called Debunking Howard Zinn because “Howard Zinn was bad–a communist, a corrupt teacher, a fraudulent historian, and an anti-American agitator.”

Like the 1619 Project, legislators have tried to ban Zinn from schools. Grabar complains that “When in 2017 Arkansas State representative Kim Hendren, introduced a bill to prohibit the use of Zinn’s book in state-funded classrooms,” the Zinn Education Project “framed the attempt as censorship.” Yes, how shocking, to describe legislation literally banning a book from public school as censorship.

I should note that Grabar, bafflingly, makes an offhand mention of me in her essay:

John K. Wilson, co-editor of the Academe blog and 2019-2020 fellow at the University of California National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement, also argued for keeping the curriculum and using it in “’two book’ programs with conflicting ideas.” But I have my doubts about this author of President Trump Unveiled: Exposing the Bigoted Billionaire and Patriotic Correctness: Academic Freedom and Its Enemies.

“I have my doubts”? This is the essence of an ad hominem argument. My idea is suspect because I am suspect, due to my thoughtcrimes of daring to criticize Donald Trump and defend academic freedom. But the point is clear: Grabar is unwilling to allow the 1619 Project to be taught anywhere, even when opposing ideas are included.

Grabar concludes her essay by reiterating her call to ban the 1619 Project and Howard Zinn from schools: “A curriculum as flawed as The 1619 Project should no more be allowed in the classroom than should a book that repeats the claims of a Holocaust denier or that calls slavery by something other than its rightful name.” Welcome to the world of right-wing political correctness, where the ideas you disagree with are suppressed, not debated.

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captaincomputer0
Dec 18, 2020

Begin: 1492 End: 2000 Period: Spanish America => 20th Century Subject: America

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augustjsmith
Nov 24, 2020

Any book that brings the nationalist dweebs out in droves to drop half-star reviews is a book worth reading cover to cover.

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sdkeithk
Oct 19, 2020

Search youtube for Mary Graber The Influence of Howard Zinn’s. She does a good job of laying it out. It doesn't have anything to do with being a "Trump supporter" as one review supposes. History is about being factual, and Zinn is anything but.

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terriamwalsh
Sep 08, 2020

While I appreciate Zinn telling history from a different perspective than the standard litany of elections, wars, etc., I found it a bit meandering and disjointed. As someone who is not well steeped in history, it was not as easy to follow - or maybe not as easy to overlay with school book history as I would have liked. I preferred "Lies My Teacher Told Me" for insights into the things I didn't learn in school that I should have.

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hallsan
Aug 17, 2020

History is like sitting for a portrait with full makeup and only seeing the "good side." That portrait is you, true, but it's also not the everyday you. It's not the business casual or the relaxed you. It's usually you at your most pompous and so it history. Some people only want that story told, and that's what we get taught in school. Schools don't teach about the warts and age spots, but Zinn makes a point of showing us in our realness, not just in our fakeness, makeup and fully lit. Some people only want the "spin doctor" version told. Or, heaven forbid, outright lies and revisionist history. History is too important to leave in the hands of the spin doctors and liars, so Zinn is required reading.

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hopesandoval
Aug 16, 2020

And yet, millions of people would love to immigrate here. I saw this female rioter (protestor, if it makes you feel better) in Chicago (August 2020) with a bull horn, telling rioters and looters that looting is an honest and just way to receive reparations, even though I'm pretty sure none of the looters were ever slaves. Yep, she was real convincing, and a lot of the inner city thugs seemed to agree with her. One guy drove a car (probably stolen) into a Nordstrom's store, creating a large gap in the wall, so the looters could run in and seize and carry away whatever they wanted. You can watch this mayhem on cable news (but not on CNN or MSNBC) which leaves who? I wonder what history books kids today are reading? Zinn is 87 years old (George Soros is 90). But the book is a fun read, and probably one of Bernie Sander's favorites.

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janemarek
Jun 29, 2020

As a lifelong history reader and history student, I read this book twice and each time my reaction was the same. It's a dishonest, malignant, ignorant work of a talented propagandist and plagiarist, not a historian. He's got an ax to grind for sure. And what an egotist to put his photo on the cover of a history book. Read it if you want to know how our children are being duped and manipulated into believing the worst about America. Then go read a real historian such as David McCullough, Ron Chernow or Ron Meachum.

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red_dog_14987
May 31, 2020

All the racist trump supporters are leaving negative comments because they can't handle the truth and it makes them feel sad that they were duped by the ultra wealthy into voting against their own best interests. How many time do you want to vote for trickle down economics? I guess if you don't read real history books and just watch fox news then you never learn from the past.

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