A People's History of the United States: 1492 to Present (Google eBook)

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Harper Collins, Jan 26, 2010 - History - 768 pages
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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.

  

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Angry. Obscure. Truthful, but in such a narrowly focused way that only one minute thread of history is shown. Too bad. Read full review

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Any accuracy in this book has been skewered by the writer in a shocking and slightly pathetic attempt to infuriate the audience in a hope they will conform to his communist sympathies. I have nothing ... Read full review

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Contents

Columbus the Indians and Human Progress
1
Drawing the Color Line
23
Persons of Mean and Vile Condition
39
Tyranny Is Tyranny
59
A Kind of Revolution
77
The Intimately Oppressed
103
As Long as Grass Grows or Water Runs
125
We Take Nothing by Conquest Thank God
149
A Peoples War?
407
Or Does It Explode?
443
Vietnam
469
Surprises
503
Under Control?
541
The Bipartisan Consensus
563
The Unreported Resistance
601
The Coming Revolt of the Guards
631

Slavery Without Submission Emancipation Without Freedom
171
The Other Civil War
211
Robber Barons and Rebels
253
The Empire and the People
297
The Socialist Challenge
321
War Is the Health of the State
359
Selfhelp in Hard Times
377
The Clinton Presidency
643
The 2000 Election and the War on Terrorism
675
Afterword
683
Bibliography
689
Index
709
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Howard Zinn (1922-2010) was a historian, playwright, and social activist. His many books include A People's History of the United States, which has sold more than two million copies.

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