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According to Howard Zinn, what was his main purpose for writing A People's History Of The United States

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During the Second World War, Howard Zinn was a bombardier on a strategic bomber. On one of the last missions he flew, the payload his plane was to deliver on a town in occupied France looked different: instead of standard high explosive bombs, what his plane was to drop were unusual shaped canisters with wooden fins. On Rohan, a rural village occupied by the Germans, Zinn's plane and more than a thousand other American bombers dropped napalm, in one of the first times it was used. Napalm is a vitreous, jellified gasoline that not only has produced some of the most iconic images of war (e.g., the burning little girl in Vietnam) but has in some ways become a pseudonym for the horrors of wars themselves.

In an interview given in 1984 at the University of California, Zinn contrasted himself with another (albeit fictitious) bombardier: Yossarian, the protagonist of the novel Catch-22 by Joseph Heller. Yossarian famously does what the other airmen (including Zinn) do not: asks the vital question...

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