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What are the main points of argument raised by Howard Zinn in chapter 5?

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Posted August 22, 2012 at 10:25 PM via web

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What are the main points of argument raised by Howard Zinn in chapter 5?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted August 27, 2012 at 9:37 AM (Answer #1)

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The focus of chapter 5 is the American Revolution.  In dubbing it, "A Kind of Revolution," Zinn is able to develop the idea that the American Revolution did not fundamentally transform who owned the means of production in the new nation.  Zinn also brings out the main point that much of the repressive economic and social attitudes that the British had towards the Colonists were repeated in the "Founding Fathers" and their attitudes as the new arbiters of power.  Zinn's primary argument was that freedom could not have been the major reason the revolution was fought.  The repression of women, people of color, and poor people after the Revolution would make it clear that it was not the restoration of power that motivated the "Founding Fathers" in the Revolution.  Rather, Zinn concludes, it was power, and the ability to control that which represented it as the driving force behind the Revolution. It created change, but that change was not lasting in terms of radicalizing the distribution of power, making it in Zinn's mind, "A Kind of Revolution."


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