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  1. A People's History of the United States
    A People's History of the United States
    A People's History of the United States
    A People's History of the United States
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  2. A People's History of the United States

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With a new introduction by Anthony Arnove, this updated edition of the classic national bestseller reviews the book’s thirty-five year history and demonstrates once again why it is a significant contribution to a complete and balanced understanding of American history.

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 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. As historian Howard Zinn shows, many of our country's greatest battles—the fights 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 President Clinton's first term, A People's History of the United States, which was nominated for the American Book Award in 1981, features insightful analysis of the most important events in our history. 

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

A friend did me a great service by recommending this book. After completing about half of the book, I believe it should be required reading in every American History class in all schools. I knew that people of color had been persecuted, but never dreamed the extent to which bias, prejudice, bigotry, cruelty and outright slaughter and murder had been carried out against them ever since the founding of our country. I am appalled by how our founding fathers and those who followed them in the federal government for the next two hundred years treated blacks, as well as others who immigrated from other countries. And all of it was for money; to enrich the titans of those times, whose fortunes have been enlarged upon and handed down to their heirs of today. Think Morgan and Rockefeller to name only two. Howard Zinn did painstaking research for this book over a period of many years, and reveals clearly how state and federal laws discriminated against all people who were not members of... Read more
I really like this book. Some of it is a bit hard to take if you've never heard it before.
All the stuff that we don't like to talk about much when it comes to our history.
It will change the way you think.

Some of the critics here think that burying your head in the sand is the proper patriotic way to handle some of the subjects.
I don't. Just own it and then fix it! The USA is designed to be able to do that.
‘A People’s History of America,’ by Howard Zinn has become a classic example of Non-conformist perspectives of American history because Howard Zinn dared to challenge the old cliché that ‘history is written by the victors.’ He seeks nothing less than a fresh angle on how history is written, with the goal of changing it from ‘his story’ to a more inclusive ‘our story.’
His task is ambitious and as a reader wades through, at times they may ask themselves if he has bitten off more than he can chew, because he seeks nothing less than to capture the voices of the ‘little people,’ the activists on the front lines fighting the daily battles for civil rights, worker’s rights, and indigenous peoples’ rights. His, is not a history of big name leaders, but a history of the regular people on Main street, the nameless people who propelled our nation’s heroes to their places in America’s... Read more
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