A People's History of the United States Questions and Answers
by Howard Zinn

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Discuss why Zinn disputes Kissinger's idea that "History is the memory of states."

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In A People's History of the United States, Zinn disagrees with Kissinger's vision of history because he feels that it silences the voices of people's experience.

Zinn feels that Kissinger's version of history is a form of mythology. Zinn believes that when history is told from the nation's point of view, it removes the struggles that different groups experienced.  Highlighting this struggle is Zinn's primary motivation:

My viewpoint, in telling the history of the United States, is different: that we must not accept the memory of states as our own. Nations are not communities and never have been, The history of any country, presented as the history of a family, conceals fierce conflicts of interest (sometimes exploding, most often repressed) between conquerors and conquered, masters and slaves, capitalists and workers, dominators and dominated in race and sex. 

Zinn believes that...

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