A People's History of the United States: 1492-Present by Howard Zinn

By Howard Zinn

Considering the fact that its unique landmark ebook in 1980, A People's heritage of the U.S. has been chronicling American background from the ground up, throwing out the reputable model of heritage taught in schools–with its emphasis on nice males in excessive places–to specialize in the road, the house, and the workplace.

Known for its full of life, transparent prose in addition to its scholarly examine, A People's historical past is the single quantity to inform America's tale from the perspective of–and within the phrases of–America's girls, manufacturing facility staff, African americans, local american citizens, operating negative, and immigrant workers. As historian Howard Zinn exhibits, lots of our country's maximum battles–for a good salary, an eight-hour workday, child-labor legislation, health and wellbeing and safeguard criteria, common suffrage, women's rights, racial equality–were performed on the grassroots point, opposed to bloody resistance. overlaying Christopher Columbus's arrival in the course of the 2000 Election and the "war on terrorism," A People's historical past of the U.S., which used to be nominated for the yank publication Award in 1981 and has offered a couple of million copies, positive aspects insightful research of an important occasions in our history.

This new version includes new chapters masking the Clinton presidency, the 2000 Election, and the "war on terrorism," carrying on with Zinn's very important contribution to an entire and balanced knowing of yank history.

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Howard Zinn (1922-2010) used to be a historian, playwright, and social activist. His many books contain A People's historical past of the United States, which has bought greater than million copies.

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But his great victory and the new Democratic Congress he had carried into office gave him much to celebrate. He had the support, he knew, to take the “Great Society” from campaign slogan to enacted legislation. Under Johnson’s leadership, the Eighty-ninth Congress would be one of the busiest in the nation’s history, churning out one pathbreaking law after another. Johnson and his liberal supporters worked on many fronts. The Johnson Administration wanted to improve the quality of American life and create economic opportunity for all Americans.

Board of Education,” May 17, 1954, “Brown v. Board of Education”: A Brief History with Documents, ed. Waldo Martin (Boston: Bedford, 1998), 173–174. 2. “The Southern Manifesto,” March 12, 1956, Brown v. Board of Education, 221. 3. Clayborne Carson, In Struggle: SNCC and the Black Awakening of the 1960s (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1981), 23–24. 4. Carson, In Struggle, 24. 5. David Farber, “Democratic Subjects in the American Sixties,” Mid-America 81:3 (Fall 1999), 327. 6. Robert Weisbrot, Freedom Bound: A History of America’s Civil Rights Struggle (New York: Norton, 1990), 70.

Johnson, “Address before a Joint Session of the Congress,” November 27, 1963, in Schulman, Lyndon B. Johnson, 171. 11. Lyndon B. Johnson, “The American Promise: Special Message to the Congress,” March 15, 1965, in Schulman, Lyndon B. Johnson, 196. CHAPTER THREE The Great Society This chapter details the fight to create a strong federal presence in Americans’ lives, ranging from social-provision legislation to environmental regulation to the implementation of civil rights laws. The chapter is structured by a debate among liberals, radicals, and conservatives over the role of government in the United States.

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