A Young People's History of the United States: Columbus to the War on Terror

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Seven Stories Press, Jun 2, 2009 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 464 pages
A Young People's 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 People's History of the United States is also a companion volume to The People Speak, the film adapted from A People's History of the United States and Voices of a People’s History of the United States.
Beginning with a look at Christopher Columbus’s arrival through the eyes of the Arawak Indians, then leading the reader through the struggles for workers’ rights, women’s rights, and civil rights during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and ending with the current protests against continued American imperialism, Zinn in the volumes of A Young People’s History of the United States presents a radical new way of understanding America’s history. In so doing, he reminds readers that America’s true greatness is shaped by our dissident voices, not our military generals.
 

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Excellent read for students to learn about history. Does not go over into specifics regarding some topics but briefly touches upon various important history topics. It is a great read to pair with a ... Read full review

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You know me. Anything that is "Damn the Man!", or perhaps more accurately, "The Man Damned Us!"...I heart. This was no exception. Going to use it in class....somehow. Gosh, me gusta! Read full review

Contents

COLUMBUS AND THE INDIANS
1
BLACK AND WHITE
23
WHO WERE THE COLONISTS?
39
TYRANNY IS TYRANNY
57
REVOLUTIONS
71
WAR WITH MEXICO
121
SLAVERY AND EMANCIPATION
135
THE OTHER CIVIL
153
WORLD WAR II AND THE COLD
257
BLACK REVOLT AND CIVIL RIGHTS
275
VIETNAM
297
SURPRISES
313
UNDER CONTROL?
333
POLITICS AS USUAL
347
RESISTANCE
361
THE END OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
375

ROBBER BARONS AND REBELS
169
THE AMERICAN EMPIRE
185
HARD TIMES
235
THE WAR ON TERRORISM
389
RISE LIKE LIONS
421
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The visionary historical work of professor and activist HOWARD ZINN (1922–2010) is widely considered one of the most important and influential of our era. After his experience as a bombardier in World War II, Zinn became convinced that there could no longer be such a thing as a “just war,” because the vast majority of victims in modern warfare are, increasingly, innocent civilians. In his books, including A People’s History of the United States, its companion volumeVoices of a People’s History of the United States, and countless other titles, Zinn affirms the power of the people to influence the course of events.

REBECCA STEFOFF is the author of more than 100 nonfiction books for children and young adults, and she has adapted several best-selling history books for younger readers.

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