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A People's History of the United States
A People's History of the United States | Howard Zinn
With a new introduction by Anthony Arnove, this updated edition of the classic national bestseller reviews the book’s thirty-five year history and demonstrates once again why it is a significant contribution to a complete and balanced understanding of American history.Since its original landmark publication in 1980, A People's History of the United States has been chronicling American history from the bottom up, throwing out the official version of history taught in schools—with its emphasis on great men in high places—to focus on the street, the home, and the, workplace.Known for its lively, clear prose as well as its scholarly research, 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 of—America's women, factory workers, African-Americans, Native Americans, the working poor, and immigrant laborers. As historian Howard Zinn shows, many of our country's greatest battles—the fights for a 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 President Clinton's first term, A People's History of the United States, which was nominated for the American Book Award in 1981, features insightful analysis of the most important events in our history. 
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astro_chica
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Mehso-so

The book is a tedious read but with an over load of info, worth reading from all you gain. Covers from the arrival of Columbus to America to the end of the 20th century. It's got a lot of references if the reader wants to dig deeper into a certain part of it's history. I believe we should consider using this book in middle school history class. The book is not judgemental, it present as much truth possible from all sides.

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LaComtesseJamie
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“... it could create the richest ruling class in history and still have enough for the middle classes to act as a buffer between the rich and the dispossessed.”

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LaComtesseJamie
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“Outright lying or quiet omission takes the risk of discovery which, when made, might arouse the reader to rebel against the writer. To state the facts, however, and then to bury them in a mass of other information, is to say to the reader with a certain infectious calm: yes, mass murder took place, but it‘s not what‘s important—it should weigh very little in our final judgments; it should affect very little what we do in the world.” Damn.

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silentrequiem
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I had the fortune to see Howard Zinn speak at Politics and Prose in DC less than a year before he died. I also managed to grab the very last signed copy of A People's History (he wasn't doing a formal signing) from the bookstore. I have always felt a bit guilty about the guy in line after me...

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nudibranch
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Mehso-so

First book for @Riveted_Reader_Melissa 's #nonfiction2019 challenge is complete!

Very mixed feelings TBH. Important simply because it describes U.S History without the typical "All Hail Old Glory!" that you find in other U.S. histories; but it obviously lacked the sort of journalistic precision with facts and consequences that I feel are necessary in history books...and the revising & editing were just plain awful, sloppy, and careless.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Great job! But bummer about the book, that stinks. 6mo
nudibranch @Riveted_Reader_Melissa thanks! Yeah, well, there you have it. At least I got a good u understanding for the Labor Movement's perspective... 6mo
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nudibranch
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First crack at the #nonfiction2019 challenge with @Riveted_Reader_Melissa is going to be Howard Zinn's "People's History of the United States." Tells the history of the US, from the beginning, from a Laborer's perspective, instead of a capitalist/governmental perspective. I hear it's a real mind-bender...can't wait!

Riveted_Reader_Melissa That sounds like a great book. I can‘t wait to see your review later! 6mo
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This is the best history book that I have read this year. It is a nice narrative that dispels the rosy image that is typically taught in the U.S. about our history. Despite being filled with an unapologetic look at my country‘s dark history it also presents the facts that those events never happened without resistance.
So this book is also a history of the people who fought against slavery, genocide, and oppression and stood up for other people.

Oblomov26 Great book. Opened my eyes about the history which we do not tell. 8mo
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walryan5
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Above and beyond the best historical writer. This book is extremely accurate about the birth of our country, all the way to present day.

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SaraBeagle
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Audio-stitching bibs for an upcoming baby shower

Reggie This is the cutest!!!! Lolol 11mo
SaraBeagle @Reggie thanks! Expecto Vomitus is next 11mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled HA!! Love it! 11mo
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I was raised on a very rosy image of the United States, and Zinn helps snap your focus away from that gilded history to see the consequences of the dark chapters in the United States. Good post-Fourth of July read.

RaimeyGallant Interesting. And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 10mo
Chelleo Welcome 🤗 10mo
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MaleficentBookDragon Welcome to Litsy! 💙 📚 10mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Welcome! I need to get to this book. 10mo
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SomedayAlmost
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Pickpick

Writes the ignored heroes and heroines of our great country back into history. Dense but worth the read. #5stars #realAmerica #history

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jveezer
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Re-reading this chapter of this amazing book for #juneteenth

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peacegypsy
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Chose this fabulous book to represent many on World Book Day. And, this is now my favorite Snapchat filter. Ever. 😃

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MelanieMefford
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Already learning what a _____ Columbus was.

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A refreshing counterpoint to the sanitized, winner‘s history that most of us got in high school and/or college. Zinn focuses on the stories that are ignored or glossed over in most textbooks. His left-leaning bias shows, but he also cites lots of primary sources for further reading.

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KatrinaRose
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After reading People‘s History, book club needs to make a fiction pick! What to choose?? 🤔🤔🤔

Cinsai The Martian! 2y
Rachel.Rencher The Martian was sooo good 😍 2y
britt_brooke Slaughterhouse-Five is amazing and would also provide a great book club discussion. I loved The Martian, too, but I gotta vote for Vonnegut. 💚 2y
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OrangeMooseReads Slaughter-House Five 2y
KatrinaRose @OrangeMooseReads @britt_brooke I voted for Slaughterhouse-Five but Howl‘s won 😔 My pick never wins. 2y
britt_brooke @KatrinaRose Aw, at least you tried! 😉 2y
OrangeMooseReads @KatrinaRose 😔 but I‘ve heard good things about 2y
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bohemian_yogini
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A necessary, eye-opening, read for all humans living in the USA. 📚

#BooksWithBohemianYogini

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melissa1bunny
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Darker than I was expecting... Also an awful picture.

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Natasha.C.Barnes Fuck yeah Howard Zinn 2y
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Yeah_I_Read
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This quote is from Christopher Columbus‘ log upon reaching the Bahamas and regarding the Arawak nation of people - “...They do not bear arms, and do not know them, for I showed them a sword...and they cut themselves out of ignorance....They would make fine servants...with fifty men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want.”
From “History of the Indies” by Bartoleme Las Casas... ( continued in comments)

Yeah_I_Read “Endless testimonies...prove the mild and pacific temperament of the natives...But our work was to exasperate, ravage, kill, mangle, and destroy...The Admiral (C.C)...was so anxious to please the King that he committed irreparable crimes against the Indians.” (edited) 2y
DivineDiana Shocking to read! 😓 2y
Yeah_I_Read Celebrate Indigenous peoples day! Let‘s stop glorifying a murderer. #endColumbusday 2y
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Yeah_I_Read Quotes taken from the tagged book 2y
cocomass Thanks for posting this! ✊🏽 2y
Buddys_Momma Yaassss!!! Happy Indigenous Peoples Day!!! 2y
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JacquelynLovesYou
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New boyfriend and I have been reading A People's History to each other. Also, read some of this book about New Orleans before we met my childhood friend there/MS for a little vacation. I'm 4 books behind on my goodreads challenge!

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BookInMyHands
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#redwhiteblue #redswhitesandblues

One of the most patriotic thing I've ever done is shut up and listen.

I'm white and cis. I've benefited from systemic racism in my country. For too long I thought it was enough that I was not intentionally racist, that I was not intentionally prejudiced toward gender and sexual minorities.

I still have a lot to learn, but I'm listening now and I'm speaking out. Happy Independence Day.

Lcsmcat ❤️❤️ 2y
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VioletBramble
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#redwhiteandblue
Here are some Macy's 4th of July fireworks direct from NYC- and a bit of the 59th Street Bridge blocking the view. I was almost trampled in a stampede when hundreds of tourists realized too late that they could not see fireworks from the spots they had saved all day. 🎆🗽🎆🇺🇸

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VioletBramble
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#sizzlinsummerbooks #redwhiteandblue
My father was career Coast Guard. I grew up on CG bases where the biggest events of every summer were the July 4th Independence and Aug 4th Coast Guard day celebrations. I'm not into Americana. The few things I have are mainly CG related. The glasses belonged to my father. My copy of the Declaration of Independence was bought at Fraunces Tavern Museum in 5th grade.
Happy 4th to all the American Littens!

VioletBramble 🇺🇸🎆🗽🛥🇺🇸 2y
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Jas16
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There is a #wholelottahistory in this book which I have purchased twice (once as an ebook), started once, and never finished. I will get back to it... #melodicmay

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Cinfhen I should probably read this and brush up on my history 💙🇺🇸❤️ 2y
goodbyefrancie This should be required reading for everyone! 2y
saresmoore Oh, I should definitely read this. My "formal" education was severely lacking. 2y
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Leftcoastzen One of the best books I have ever read 2y
batsy @goodbyefrancie @Leftcoastzen High praise, indeed 💜 @Cinfhen @saresmoore Me too! I definitely need to get to this at some point this year. 2y
shawnmooney I lean left but I would never read anything by Zinn. His 'history' has been pretty much thoroughly discredited as more ideology than fact, hasn't it? He's the Oliver Stone of popular history. I realize he has many fans, and I have no wish to start a big argument here. But I'd suggest that anyone wanting to read him also read the (non-partisan) critiques of his work too. 2y
batsy @shawnmooney I wasn't aware that he was discredited. I guess all history comes with ideology. There is no neutral objectivity to how history is told, even if it tries to pass itself off as objective. Everyone operates from a place of political affiliation. As a leftist I'm curious about what seems to be an attempt at a counter-history. But thanks for this, I'll look up the critiques to get a better sense. 2y
shawnmooney @batsy ❤️❤️If you end up finding it worth your time, I'll definitely reconsider! 2y
batsy @shawnmooney I hope to get around to it this year at least 😀 I know some leftists have had issues with Zinn too, so I need to look further into that as well. 2y
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CrinolineDream
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Just got these from #thriftbooks! More to add to my already out of control TBR pile. 😄 #haul #bookmail

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nluev
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“If you want to read a real history book, read Howard Zinn‘s ‘A People‘s History of the United States‘. That book will knock you on your ass.”
• Will Hunting 
Movie: Good Will Hunting

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TsundokuAleax
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This set was amazing to see. It was covered in piles of books that featured the history of Latin America and the back wall was covered in pages of text and historical images. I wish I could have wandered the set to see all the books that were there and really go through the pages on the back wall. Theatre life problems.

Cinfhen Great photo 💜 2y
TsundokuAleax @Cinfhen Thank you. I am just sad that I could not get more angles of the set. Also the photo sizing here does not always allow me to show more. Oh well. 2y
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TsundokuAleax
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So as a super early birthday present I took my dad to see this show. John Leguizamo is one of my dad's favorite comedian and he was very excited to actually see him perform a one man show. It was great, funny, and very informative. If you have a chance, go see this show.

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BrooklynBookGirl
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After attending a wonderful reading this week at the BAM, I decided to pick up this real look at history. So far, fascinating, horrifying, and eye-opening.

cpreja An amazing book! 2y
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BriKie
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An independent bookstore just opened within visiting distance of me! And I couldn't ask for a better one. They have an incredible selection, comfy chairs, and lots of book clubs and events. Preeetty sure that lots of my time and money is going to be spent here. 😊

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I never read this book—I'm guessing it's because I did most of my schooling in Canada. But as an Arkansas lawmaker recently introduced a bill to ban it from being taught in public schools (http://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2017/03/08/howard-zinn-books-ban-arkansas), I figure this is a good time to read it.

moranadatter I haven't read the book either, but I heard him speak before he died. Thanks for the reminder. Adding. 2y
RowReads1 It's very important and heartbreaking. 2y
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chowmeyow
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The swag that comes with nearly needing two pages to list your previous work.

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JacquelynLovesYou
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They want to ban this treasure?! I learned more from this book than in my first 14 years of schooling and it made me feel proud to be American for the first time in my life! Because the rebels in the book were Americans who forced the government to make things more just.
#bannedbooks #howardzinn #apeopleshistory

Bibliogeekery ❤️ 2y
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An important and well-written book. It's not short, but it's worth the time. I am feeling inspired to start rereading this one. Diverse voices keep democracy alive. #history #diversity #equality #nonfiction

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"The best defense of democracy is an informed electorate."

Thomas Jefferson

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JennyReadsBooks
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I started a new audiobook yesterday for my work commute. Howard Zinn has been on my TBR list for too many years, and this seemed like a good week to dive in. I suspect this year will be full of historical reading with a focus on the oppressed. Time to get educated.

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Imbookenit
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?What do you guys think about this quote?! How do we define "rebellion" now a days? AND who is labeled rebellious and why? What connections do y'all make to the present day? #questions #discussions #rebellion #thomasjefferson

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Imbookenit
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🎉🎉🎉🎉Happy New Year🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉

Starting the new year off with a chapter from each of my 2017 intimidating reads!

I hope your year is filled with happiness, compassion, good food and even better books!

#theidiot #dostoyevsky #howardzinn #intimidatingreads #happynewyear

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kristinshafel
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"...to create separate levels of oppression—a skillful terracing to stabalize the pyramid of wealth."

HOW was this not REQUIRED reading in high school!? #resist #history #knowledgeispower

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ThatLibrarianLady
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I needed a little retail therapy so I bought some books I've been meaning to read for a long time and a few favorites.

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Keyoung
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Puppy cuddles with the tiny dog while I listen to my audiobook.

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Kryckett
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Feels like an appropriate time for a re-read ...

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jveezer

Coming out of my self-imposed (social) media blackout in the aftermath of our huge jump forward into fascism and hate, I'm wishing this book was required reading for all U.S. Citizens.

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Lesliereads
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This book was such a revelation when I read it at the turn of the century. Time for a reread? Maybe a newer edition #howardzinn #apeopleshistoryoftheunitedstates #civicparticipation #democracyisnotaspectatorsport #electionday #citizenry

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hgrimes
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I often find old Valentines stuffed inside books I've had since pre-college. I used to use them as bookmarks, and they'd continue to be recycled (as well as lost in books) well into my teens. As an adult, I now tend to use bills, rent checks, and W2's as bookmarks. I don't recommend it.

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hgrimes
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I have started to re-read this book numerous times, and election season seems like a proper time. However, I've only finished it once, in high school (so naturally I've forgotten most of it). My US History teacher was a "America is the greatest country in the world and Reagan is the best president we've ever had" type. He did not care for my open essay answers that strayed from his teachings, and so I generally failed my exams.