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A People's History of the United States

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

To identify the differences between the two historians, Howard Zinn and Larry Schweikart, consider the differences between A People’s History of the United States, written by Zinn, and A Patriot’s...

Latest answer posted June 11, 2021 5:43 pm UTC

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A People's History of the United States

There is a sad irony in the phrase, "as long as Grass grows or water runs." Grasses die and rivers can be diverted. Such were the promises given to the Native American people especially during...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2015 7:21 pm UTC

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There are many important points in Howard Zinn's first chapter on Christopher Columbus, and here are five of them. Asia Zinn writes that Columbus did not set out to discover the lands that would...

Latest answer posted September 20, 2020 2:10 pm UTC

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A People's History of the United States

When thinking about Chapter 3, the main thing to remember is that Howard Zinn writes from a Marxist perspective. This fact helps us understand the main idea and thesis of this chapter. In this...

Latest answer posted August 19, 2013 3:57 pm UTC

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Zinn opens with an account, from the Arawak Indian point of view, of the horrific slaughter and suffering that came to them and Indians on other nearby islands when Columbus and his followers...

Latest answer posted August 1, 2017 1:40 pm UTC

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In chapter 2 of A People's History of the United States, entitled "Drawing the Color Line," Howard Zinn argues that the first black Americans, though technically considered servants, were likely...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2018 9:13 pm UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted August 12, 2016 3:49 am UTC

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Howard Zinn (1922–2010) believed that common people were the real driving force behind history. Most historians had traditionally viewed history in much different ways. For example, many historians...

Latest answer posted August 8, 2019 4:20 pm UTC

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A People's History of the United States

The first chapter presents a challenge to the traditional viewpoint of the progress of the United States. While there has been a great deal of demographic and economic expansion throughout its...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2019 9:03 pm UTC

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A People's History of the United States

Howard Zinn titled the opening chapter of his A People’s History of the United States “Columbus, the Indians and Human Progress” to further establish his argument, discussed in his introduction,...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2018 2:27 pm UTC

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One significant motive for Columbus that led him to oppress Indigenous peoples was his lust for gold. He knew that his financing was reliant upon him finding valuable objects to ship back to the...

Latest answer posted September 9, 2019 2:42 pm UTC

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In A People’s History of the United States, polemicist Howard Zinn devotes chapter 4, titled “Tyranny is Tyranny,” to a protracted denunciation of the formation of the United States, the authors of...

Latest answer posted September 5, 2017 5:20 pm UTC

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In Chapter Fourteen, Zinn argues that the official justification for American involvement in the war—that it was undertaken to protect free trade and other rights of nations—is nonsense. He quotes...

Latest answer posted December 29, 2018 8:45 pm UTC

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The primary thesis that emerges out of the third chapter was that there was a strict hierarchy of power and control in American society. Zinn suggests that the narrative of struggling Colonists...

Latest answer posted August 19, 2013 7:01 pm UTC

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In this chapter, Zinn poses the question of whether the antagonism between blacks and whites is natural or constructed. He answers that it is not natural, stating that in the American colonies in...

Latest answer posted August 7, 2017 12:50 pm UTC

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A People's History of the United States

The original question had to be edited. I would suggest that one critical point that Zinn makes regarding the writing of history is that it reflects those in the position of power. "Winners write...

Latest answer posted June 14, 2013 12:41 am UTC

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A People's History of the United States

Zinn's main purpose in writing is to liberate the discipline of history from stasis and a sense of detachment from impacting political, economic, and social change. Zinn believes that history can...

Latest answer posted July 11, 2013 1:05 am UTC

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A People's History of the United States

Zinn is certainly interested in overturning the popular mythology surrounding Christopher Columbus, and he is unsparing in his condemnation of the famous explorer's treatment of the Arawaks....

Latest answer posted June 18, 2013 11:45 pm UTC

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A People's History of the United States

Howard Zinn's approach to history was both unique and revolutionary. Historians before him focused on the supposedly great accomplishments of white men in American history, but Zinn argued that...

Latest answer posted March 4, 2020 7:13 pm UTC

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The point of this chapter in Zinn’s book is that the United States government has consistently abused the Native Americans. The title refers to a phrase used by Andrew Jackson in giving...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2012 6:28 pm UTC

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A People's History of the United States

In Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States, the history shared in the book is, in contrast to mainstream history textbooks, not written from the perspective of "the victors." Rather,...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2019 2:02 pm UTC

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As far as I can tell, the sentence you quote does not actually appear in this book. However, it is still relevant to Zinn’s book and to anyone reading it. This is because Zinn can easily be...

Latest answer posted August 19, 2013 8:43 pm UTC

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First, Zinn wrote in this way because he fervently believed in the ideological perspective he took in the book. Zinn was active in social justice issues throughout his long life and academic...

Latest answer posted August 11, 2017 3:33 pm UTC

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A People's History of the United States

Chapter 4 is in many ways a summation of the last fifty years of revisionist interpretations of the American Revolution. In fact, Zinn essentially adheres to the old Progressive interpretation of...

Latest answer posted November 24, 2019 2:34 pm UTC

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Though labor unions certainly existed long before, the 1930s, under the cloud of the Great Depression, were truly a hotbed for the rise of labor unions and a multitude of other rights groups and...

Latest answer posted September 6, 2018 2:48 pm UTC

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A People's History of the United States

Howard Zinn's history of the United States correlates to the Federalist or Republican arguments of history in an antagonistic way. Another way to put it: Zinn's history is often at odds with the...

Latest answer posted August 6, 2020 2:47 pm UTC

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In the chapter "Some Kind of Revolution," Zinn seeks to undermine the traditional American idea that the Revolutionary War was fought by and for the liberty of common American people. Rather,...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2019 2:51 pm UTC

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A People's History of the United States

The central thesis of Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States is that, notwithstanding claims of American exceptionalism based on democracy and equality of opportunity, the political...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2019 11:59 am UTC

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A People's History of the United States

In chapter one of his indictment of the United States and the United States’ European progenitors, titled “Columbus, the Indians, and Human Progress,” Howard Zinn attempts to demolish the notion of...

Latest answer posted August 26, 2017 12:27 am UTC

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The U.S. made many concessions to slave holders to keep the Union together. For example, the U.S. army put down a slave revolt in New Orleans in 1811. Slave rebellions were seen as threatening to...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2016 2:43 am UTC

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The respective approaches of Howard Zinn and Paul Johnson to early American history are almost diametrically opposite. Johnson, as a staunch conservative, takes the colonists’ claims at face value....

Latest answer posted September 28, 2017 7:32 am UTC

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Zinn discusses the robber baron era in chapter 11 of his A People's History of the United States. The Horatio Alger story of "rags to riches" was a key component of the late-nineteenth-century...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2019 4:22 pm UTC

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Zinn sees "the other civil war" as the conflict between the rich and poor in mid-nineteenth century America. Zinn's "other civil war" is meant to challenge the conventional thinking about the Civil...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2016 8:17 am UTC

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Chapter 8 of A People's History of the United States portrays the American nation as one obsessed with a desire to expand its territorial boundaries. The then-president of the United States, James...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2017 3:23 am UTC

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The title of chapter 9 of A People's History is "Slavery Without Submission, Emancipation Without Freedom," and its subject is antebellum slavery and its decline during the Civil War and...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2018 10:19 pm UTC

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In this chapter on the U.S. involvement in World War I, Zinn continues a theme that he began in writing about the Civil War: despite the way history books have been written, wars have not been...

Latest answer posted September 8, 2017 11:28 am UTC

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Of all the oppressed people that Zinn has highlighted prior to the nineteenth century, he argues that Native Americans could be dealt with by pure force (along with temporary paternalism) because...

Latest answer posted January 6, 2018 5:20 pm UTC

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Zinn's historical focus is on marginalized groups in American history. Zinn sees the Progressive movement as a way to combat socialism by enacting social reforms without going toward socialism....

Latest answer posted February 9, 2019 10:26 pm UTC

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Chapter 5 of A People's History is, along with the preceding chapter, one of two dealing with the American Revolution. In it, Howard Zinn advances an interpretation of the Revolution that...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2019 9:02 pm UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted January 19, 2020 7:16 am UTC

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Chapter 15, entitled, "Self-help in Hard times," takes a dim view of both the prosperity of the 1920s and the New Deal reforms brought on by the Great Depression. Zinn documents that most of the...

Latest answer posted August 5, 2017 5:57 pm UTC

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The ultimate fate of the Arawak Indians was to die out. They were killed off by a variety of factors that were connected to the coming of the Spaniards to the New World. In Chapter 1 of this book,...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2013 4:11 am UTC

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While many Americans view the Constitution as a revolutionary document that embodies the principles of democracy, Howard Zinn does not see it the same way. He disagrees with this based on the idea...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2018 8:08 pm UTC

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In chapter 6 of this book, titled "The Intimately Oppressed," the author examines the status of women in early America. He explains how and why their status was inferior. Women could not vote....

Latest answer posted April 27, 2019 8:46 pm UTC

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To understand why this would be so, think about an analogy in our modern world. Let us imagine that a union was going to go on strike. Would we think that it was strange if its black members and...

Latest answer posted August 26, 2013 6:34 pm UTC

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In chapter 13 of his A People's History of the United States, Howard Zinn argues that American capitalism and its associated imperialism came under mainstream critique by the early 1900s. Though...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2018 2:40 pm UTC

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There are many different points that Zinn makes in his analysis of Columbus's entry to the "New World." The first point comes in the opening of the chapter. Zinn makes the point that Columbus's...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2014 6:05 am UTC

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For Zinn, the differences between both the Federalist and the Democratic- Republicans were cosmetic. Both parties were not actively involved in the enlargement of wealth to more people or...

Latest answer posted August 7, 2013 2:43 am UTC

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A People's History of the United States

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...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2015 6:52 pm UTC

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For Zinn, the fundamental argument that establishes the American Revolution was one on economic power and control. Zinn argues that the founding fathers were more concerned about consolidating...

Latest answer posted March 6, 2012 6:56 pm UTC

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