A Peoples History of the United States



❰PDF / Epub❯ ☆ A Peoples History of the United States Author Howard Zinn – E17streets4all.co.uk Known for its lively clear prose as well as its scholarly research Zinn's 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 Known for its lively History of ePUB ☆ clear prose as well as its scholarly research Zinn's A Peoples eBook ☆ A People's History of the United States is the only volume to tell America's Peoples History of MOBI í story from the point of view of and in the words of its women Peoples History of the United PDF/EPUB or factory workers African Americans Native Americans working poor and immigrant laborers Here we learn that many of our country's greatest battles labor laws women's rights racial euality were carried out at the grassroots level against steel willed resistance This edition of A People's History of the United States features insightful analysis of some of the most important events in this country in the past one hundred yearsFeaturing a preface and afterword read by the author himself this audio continues Howard Zinn's important contribution to a complete and balanced understanding of American history.A Peoples History of the United States

Howard Zinn was a History of ePUB ☆ historian playwright and social activist He was a shipyard A Peoples eBook ☆ worker and a bombardier with the US Army Air Force in Europe during the Peoples History of MOBI í Second World War before he went to college under the GI Bill and received Peoples History of the United PDF/EPUB or his PhD from Columbia University Zinn taught at Spelman College and Boston University and was a visiting professor at the University of Paris and the University of Bolo.

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  • Audio CD
  • A Peoples History of the United States
  • Howard Zinn
  • English
  • 13 February 2016
  • 9780060530068

10 thoughts on “A Peoples History of the United States

  1. says:

    I loved this so much that I'm going to resort to hyperbole If you read only one book about American history let it be this oneThis is not a typical history book Instead of telling the stories of the victors Howard Zinn focused on those who have been oppressed in the United States The minorities The protesters The downtrodden In the preface to the updated edition about the Twentieth Century Zinn wrote It is obvious in the very first pages of the larger People's History when I tell about Columbus and emphasize not his navigational skill and fortitude in making his way to the Western Hemisphere but his cruel treatment of the Indians he found here torturing them exterminating them in his greed for gold his desperation to bring riches to his patrons back in Spain In other words my focus is not on the achievements of the heroes of traditional history but on all those people who were the victims of those achievements who suffered silently or fought back magnificentlyI listened to this on audio CD read by the talented Matt Damon and the edition focused on the events of the Twentieth Century including the Vietnam War the women's movement the Civil Rights Era the Clinton presidency and the infamous Bush v Gore election of 2000 My favorite sections were about the 60s civil rights war protests and the rise of feminism The complete edition of People's History is than 700 pages and starts back in 1492 when Columbus sailed the ocean blueI first read Zinn's book back in the 90s but I didn't fully appreciate it Having life experience and seeing how much power the rich and powerful really have I got so much out of this book this time I've even referenced it in the sociology class I teach because so many elements are still relevantIn his afterword Zinn wrote I wanted in writing this book to awaken a greater consciousness of class conflict racial injustice sexual ineuality and national arrogance Sir you have succeeded

  2. says:

    This history has details that are skipped over by most historians This is a history from the viewpoint of the powerless who are viewed as the losers from the standpoint of the winners ie the one's who write history Howard Zinn pretty well summarizes the perspective from which he writes this history as followsI prefer to tell the story of the discovery of America from the viewpoint of the Arawak of the Constitution from the stand point of the slaves of Andrew Jackson as seen by the Cherokees of the Civil War seen by the New York Irish of the Mexican War as seen by the deserting soldiers in Scott’s army of the rise of industrialism as seen by the young women in the Lowell textile mills of the Spanish American War as seen by the Cubans the conuest of the Philippines as seen by black soldiers on Luzon the Gilded Age as seen by southern farmers the first World War as seen by socialists the Second World War as seen by pacifists the New Deal as seen by blacks of Harlem the post war American empire as seen by peons in Latin America”There's part of me that wants to insist that all Americans should read this to have a complete understanding of their history But I know at 768 pages this is a long read that not many people are going to read One problem is that the end of the book is becoming dated The book was originally published in 1980 won the National Book Award and has been revised freuently with the latest being 2005 The version I listened to included the September 11 attacks and the bombing of Afghanistan but there was no mention of the second Ira War Sadly I noticed that all of the social problems mentioned in the book as existing in the 80s and 90s have only gotten worse since For example the disparity of wealth has continued to get worse and there's no end in sight to this trendInstead of trying the impossible task of summarizing the contents of this book I will note one bit of minor trivia I learned from this book that is the answer to the uestion who is the only person imprisioned because of the Iran Contra affair?In Poindexter's hometown of Odon Indiana a street was renamed to John Poindexter Street Bill Breeden a former minister stole the street's sign in protest of the Iran–Contra affair He claimed that he was holding it for a ransom of 30 million in reference to the amount of money given to Iran to transfer to the Contras He was later arrested and confined to prison making him as satirically noted by Howard Zinn the only person to be imprisoned as a result of the Iran–Contra ScandalThis is another example of how the real criminals get off scot free and the ones trying to take action to publicize the injustice get the shaft

  3. says:

    Matt Damon narrating the 60s is a little weird on the audiobook but ok

  4. says:

    35 stars Review of audio version only as it is different from the bookI enjoyed this uite a bit I found a lot of it to be interesting and I really enjoyed the personal perspectives shown in the book through statements and interviews etc This doesn't show the US through rose colored glasses It definitely shows the people in power or authority in the US as greedy manipulative unethical cruel and conniving sheisters People who do not scruple to use and abuse and kill for power and profit And I don't doubt that's the case one bit True this is one sided with a left leaning slant But it doesn't claim to be otherwise unlike a certain faux cough news organization This is exactly what it claims to be a people's history of events that shaped America throughout the 20th century 'People' meaning the little guy the one without the power or authority to make the rules or enforce them This shows the perspective of those people who are affected by the people who do have the authority to make the rules and enforces them strictly Do I think that what is communicated here is 100% truth and nothing but? Hardly This is a collection of impressions from people who were there bound together by a man with a pretty clear agenda But nevertheless I found it interesting and pretty informativeI would love to see the other side of these events to see the thought process behind some of the decisions and choices that the people in power made but you know the funny thing is that they are shockingly mum regarding that It seems to me at least from what I've seen in my lifetime that what they tell us is a combination of spin and buzzwords and fear mongering I doubt truth enters into the euation very often if at all Does saying so make me a bad American? Probably to some But I love my country I'm just ashamed of its actions a lot of the time Anyway I would have liked for this to be a little in depth even for just the highlighted segments that were included in the audio I would have liked it to be a bit clearly defined regarding the sections Civil Rights Women's Lib Vietnam Native American Rights etc Many of the sections bled into each other or came around to address points again from a slightly different position but I think that this muddied the waters a bit and it could have had a bit impact had it been better organized I also think that Matt Damon could have been a bit animated as a reader I enjoy his voice it was soothing and nice to listen to but considering the subjects and the fact that he's reading people's stories I think that he could have brought them to life a bit Maybe he didn't want to step on their toes so to speak? To disrespect these people who speak for themselves? I'm not sure it just sounded dispassionate at times to me All in all I really enjoyed this and I will be reading the full text at some point I can't advertise for this to be included in school curriculum but it is something I would recommend for anyone looking for a change in perspective As with all things take it with a grain of salt

  5. says:

    It wasn't uite what I was expecting The narrative relies on first hand accounts which is nice and poetry which was unexpected and runs through general topics such as the anti war movement the civil rights movement the prisoner's rights movement Felt jarring to me that my audiobook was narrated by Matt Damon Like Hi I'm Matt Damon I am a young black womanIn hindsight that was right on the cover but I'm used to my audiobooks being narrated by the author or someone I've never heard of whose voice I can associate fully with the text I couldn't associate his voice fully with the text P I also hadn't realized this was put out in 2003 rather close to the end of the 20th Century and I felt myself feeling the disconnect between that time and today Things look a little different from today's perspectiveI'm hoping to read the parent volume eventually this came up on the library app first I wish I hadn't already been familiar with most of the poems in this volume I felt the women's movement was given short shrift I dunno that bit just felt real short and the most out of date Might be my bias Lots of reasons to get angry in a slender volume

  6. says:

    This audiobook excellently narrated by Matt Damon focuses solely on the Twentieth Century and features many of the civil rights struggles and instances where the underprivileged were abused or exploited by the powerful and rich If there's one theme running through this book and likely the larger original volume which covers US History since 1492 it's that rich and powerful white men have dominated the political scene the establishment and enforcement of laws and written the history books since our country's founding The author admits that he has much personal bias based on his background and explains in the end that other books are helpful in filling the gaps he has left wide open I appreciate the nod to the narrator where he talks about Mr Damon's support for the custodial staff at Harvard who were petitioning for a higher wage in order to support their families and live reasonably close to work I was a bit shocked by the massive number of protests many of which were violent that focused on our Vietnam War effort interesting uotesIn whose interest are we acting?

  7. says:

    The second half bigger book Lots of good info The people are expendable and the establishment will kill us to stay in power

  8. says:

    I read this thinking it was than highlights and upon finding out it was just highlights I was really disappointed But as highlights go they were pretty interesting so there’s that

  9. says:

    Note this review can apply to both the full text print version of the book as well as the audiobook that only has sections from the mid to late 20th century Howard Zinn is certainly a talented writer and a well informed historian arguably one of the most influential historians of the last century Howard Zinn’s book is one of the most if not the most assigned book in High School and College classrooms There are over 2000000 copies of the book in circulation I won two myself and if one googles “Most popular history books” Zinn is only edged out by Jared Diamond Besides this Zinn’s book is well known in popular culture with references to it directly in “Good Will Hunting” and “The Sopranos” Zinn’s History Channel special featured actors like Viggo Mortenson How many books are narrated by Matt Damon? This popularity for me is part of the problem it is very likely that the only history book any given American has read is Zinn’s record of American history Some reviews on Goodreads have even recommended that “if you only read one history book read this one” As many have pointed out Zinn often brings up facts and evidence that are ignored by many historians For this Zinn’s work is laudable and very valuable Indeed whenever I need to criticize the United States I know that I will find something in Zinn I will not uibble with the facts that Zinn presents What I will argue against is his persistent left wing interpretation of those factsIn teachers’ education there is the idea of the “null curriculum;” the curriculum is everything you teach and talk about the “null curriculum” is everything you DON’T teach In many ways what you don’t teach is just as or even important than what you do teach In a similar way one can tell a lot about an author by what they leave out Zinn acknowledges this at the end of his book when he observes that historians need to make choices about what they include and what they discard The problem for Zinn is that in his 600 pages the only things that are brought up are those things that support his overarching worldview Ie the United States is terrible in every way This is the major problem with Zinn’s work and with its popularity there is very little nuance and very little acknowledgement of opposing viewpoints Further because most people don’t read or study history casually most will swallow wholesale Zinn’s interpretation Some even claim that Zinn’s work is “the real history” Sam Wineburg in an article for the American Federation of Teachers writes that many of Zinn’s claims “ultimately derives its power from a single source the expected ignorance of the reader”The one learns about other interpretations the one can see the rather underhanded way Zinn presents facts There are many examples that I could draw upon to show how Zinn doesn’t tell the whole story in order to support his worldview The most galling example for me is his treatment of the Vietnam War Zinn hits the expected notes Gulf of Tonkin Agent Orange My Lai the protest movement But in his attempts to show the United States as a brutal imperial power he leaves out key details about the Viet Cong and North Vietnam Zinn writes about the Vietnamese Communists in glowing terms He leaves out any discussion of the atrocities committed by the NVA or by the Viet Cong Violence and intimidation against anyone who supported the South or did not adeuately support the communists The Viet Cong death suads who murdered thousands following the failure of the Tet Offensive There is no discussion of the totalitarian nature of Ho Chi Minh’s Vietnam the torture and indoctrination and executions and censorship There is a lot of discussion about the protests against the Diem Regime But there is no discussion of the fact that at least South Vietnam ALLOWED protests The North did not allow any such protest There is no discussion of the terror that many in the south felt in 1975 as the communists rushed south taking Saigon There is no discussion of the Boat People 2000000 Vietnamese who desperately fled their homeland in the wake of the communist takeover There is no discussion of the nearly 3000000 people the Communists liuidated and murdered at least 1000000 of which occurred after 1975 There is no discussion of any of this because it does not support Zinn’s argument therefore he is silent Similarly Zinn is continuously silent about the crimes of other Communist regimes This connects directly to Zinn’s continuous moral euivalency his endeavor to paint the United States as just as bad as the Soviet Union or Nazi Germany Further throughout his book Zinn engages in a number of blatant contradictions Zinn is very pro democracy; until the majority of Americans support the Gulf War Zinn is very anti nationalism; unless a nationalist group is opposing the United States Zinn is anti violence; unless he is praising the likes of the Black Panthers Zinn is anti government; unless it is engaging in massively expensive welfare schemes The list goes on Further Zinn states that his book is critical and skeptical of states of governments and “great men” Fair enough but throughout his book Zinn conflates the civil society with the government He often criticizes aspects of American culture corporations and the free market as if they are one and the same with the government or government policy Further Zinn’s uasi Marxist economic analyses are laughable at best In one example in order to demonstrate how African Americans were left out economically Zinn compares the incomes of Mowtown Records and Exxon Mobile as if it proved anything For one thing the two industries are wildly different from one another For another Zinn is leaving out the key fact that most businesses fail So while the black owned Motown Records was thriving there were likely hundreds of other white owned businesses that failedFurther Zinn attempts to paint a picture of ever present and grinding poverty an economy where the rich get richer and the poor get poorer But every statistical indicator contradicts this perception Indeed the average income of many European countries is at or below the poverty line in the US The average American is far wealthier than any other person in the world and is only improving All over the world the lot of every day people is improving; all thanks to the economic system Zinn hates Indeed the economic system that Zinn prefers has only resulted in bankruptcy poverty tyranny and death But Zinn never discusses any of these things For Zinn his way is the only way I am not alone in these criticisms even liberals have criticized Zinn’s work along these same groundsZinn renounces the ideals of objectivity and empirical responsibility and makes the dubious leap to the notion that a historian need only lay his ideological cards on the table and tell whatever history he chooses Greenberg writes in the liberal magazine “The New Republic” American Federation of Teachers “It seems that once Zinn made up his mind nothing—not new evidence not new scholarship not the discovery of previously unknown documents not the revelations of historical actors on their deathbeds—could shake it Wineburg wrote He added that history as truth issued from the left or from the right abhors shades of gray It seeks to stamp out the democratic insight that people of good will can see the same thing and come to different conclusions same thing and come to different conclusions In the end the book has a lot of valuable information that should not be overlooked But if you read the book please read at least one other history book as well

  10. says:

    First let me say that everyone should read this important book regardless of one's political leanings Where you fall on the ideological spectrum will determine how much you agree or disagree with Zinn's ideas Maybe you'll hear the evidence he presents and decide that your original viewpoint carries weight; maybe your very concept of the United States will be rocked to its core Regardless A People's History will challenge you to think about America's place in the world and perhaps even your own long held beliefsIn lieu of reading the entire book I opted for the audiobook which presents highlights from the 20th century Even this presents a daunting amount of information and I'd like to synthesize some of my thoughts and criticisms in the bullets below Zinn rails rightly against corporate backed media interests and he's mostly right about this where television media is concerned However he seems to lump all but independent and alternative journalists in this category which is a mistake Journalists working for the New York Times the Washington Post NPR the Boston Globe and many do good work that holds the powerful accountable as evidenced by the fact that Zinn ironically leans on so many citations from these sources Zinn in my opinion gives too much credit to Catholic religious groups while ignoring almost all others including evangelical Christians Sure some Catholic priests and nuns participated in the counter culture movements of the '60s and '70s but the Catholic Church remains an overtly powerful conservative institution that opposes most of the progressive social reforms that Zinn supports including the right to abortion which Zinn frames as an economic issue and the rights of the LGBT community Meanwhile evangelicals have grown to become a toxic political force something that Zinn completely ignores Zinn seems not to care about the size of the national deficit or the ability to ever get it under control Will social programs balloon the debt? Zinn seems to say Who cares? I don't understand enough about the issue to say whether this is a good or bad thing apart from a vague idea that the nation should have some kind of debt in order to maintain its credit status but not enough as to be untenable Just some nebulous thoughts on this one While I would love to live in Zinn's socialist utopia in which military spending is down spending for the arts is up and everyone has a job housing food and healthcare I have to ask Is such a dream realistic? Making this happen would reuire an enormous and possibly even violent revolution and I'm not just talking about some Bernie Sanders style rhetoric The country would literally have to be destroyed and rebuilt from the ground up and I'm not sure that kind of change is even possible

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