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In A People's History of the United States, why does Howard Zinn name chapter 10 "The Other Civil War"?

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In using this title, Zinn simply means that, as well as the Civil War between North and South (the actual armed conflict), there was another civil war going on in the United States: a civil war between the classes.

The traditional historical narrative tells us that people in both the North and South joined together in a common endeavor to ensure that their side prevailed in the conflict. But Zinn reveals a different story. He shows us that class warfare between the haves and the have-nots raged just as strongly during the Civil War as it did before and after.

Economic exploitation, especially in the North's burgeoning industrial plants and factories, was rampant during this period, despite the increased opportunities available for working men and women. Working people responded in some cases by staging illegal industrial action against their employers.

For Zinn, this was all part of an ongoing struggle between capital and labor that only intensified as the Civil War progressed. Yet...

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