A People’s History of the United States: 1492-Present
If your last serious read of American history was in high school—or even in a standard college course—you’ll want to read this amazing account of America as experienced by its working people: ALL of its working people. Howard Zinn (1922-2010) was a widely respected historian, author, playwright, and social activist. In A People’s History, he turns history on its head with his carefully researched and dramatic recounting of America and its people—not just its bankers, industrialists, generals and politicians.
Zinn looks at things differently.Your old textbook probably described how Columbus discovered America. The way Zinn sees it, there was a “European invasion of the Indian settlements in the Americas.” Where your old history teacher devoted a sentence or two, at best, to the huge wave of industrial union organizing in the 1930s and 1940s, Zinn devotes a chapter. And where your old history book made passing reference to slavery and those who fought it, Zinn describes the real scope and amazing struggle against that loathsome institution. Now updated through 2001.
This book will give you a whole new way of looking at and understanding the world around you. 688 pages paperback