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In Chapter 16 of A People's History of the United States, Howard Zinn accuses the US of fighting a people's war but not truly adhering to the values it stated as a reason for going to war. Evaluate Zinn's argument.

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In Chapter 16 of A People's History of the United States, the author describes the contradictory actions of the US government regarding the officially stated reason to enter World War II. The author believes that World War II was erroneously thought to be a people's war by the American public but it was not. He gives examples of the numerous times the American government became involved in the internal matters of other governments, changed sides depending on the circumstances and reacted only when its national interests were at stake. What the author means to say, in short, is that the US government makes its decisions because they appear to be favorable to national interests at that time, including the decision to go to war. According to Zinn, the US did not enter World War II to rid the world of fascism and the prosecution of innocents by Nazi Germany, but to further its interests in the world. 

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