A People's History of the United States: 1492-present

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Pearson Longman, 2003 - Minorities - 729 pages
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This is a new edition of the radical social history of America from Columbus to the present. 

This powerful and controversial study turns orthodox American history upside down to portray the social turmoil behind the "march of progress".

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, the working poor, and immigrant laborers. As historian Howard Zinn shows, many of America's greatest battles - the fights for 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 Clinton years A People's History of the United States, which was nominated for the American Book Award in 1981, is an insightful analysis of the most important events in US history.

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Excellent book, well researched and well written. - Goodreads
This book was difficult to read. - Goodreads
Indispensable. Brilliant scholarship. - Goodreads
Horrible portrayal of America. - Goodreads
I read this b/c of the Good Will Hunting reference. - Goodreads
I suddenly am loving history even if it's hard to read. - Goodreads

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A more appropriate title would be a socialist selected reinterpretation of American history. Howard seems to hate anyone and everyone who has ever worked hard and been successful in life. The fantasy ... Read full review

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Should be a facet of every history course. Indicative of the lies and half truths taught in our schools. Read full review

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Howard Zinn was formerly a Professor of Political Science at the University of Boston.

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