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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

I think Zinn would argue that Columbus was responsible for the behavior of his men. Zinn would suggest Columbus did not advocate one course of interaction with the Native Americans and his men...

Latest answer posted June 20, 2013, 1:37 am (UTC)

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In this chapter, Howard Zinn is highly critical of American imperialism before, during, and after the Spanish-American War (1898). He views American aggression as the product of several sources....

Latest answer posted February 19, 2020, 6:58 am (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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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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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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Zinn defies the usual division of United States history into pre-Civil War, Civil War, and post-Civil War periods. Instead, he examines 1830–1870 as a whole, from the perspective of the working...

Latest answer posted August 2, 2017, 12:09 pm (UTC)

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As we are limited in space, below are a few ideas to help get you started. First, let's discuss exactly what a thesis is so you know what you're looking for and can easily find it. A thesis states...

Latest answer posted September 20, 2014, 12:39 am (UTC)

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Zinn's argument in Chapter 23, "The Clinton Presidency and the Crisis of Democracy," is that progressive movements in the United States starting in the 1990s and going forward would have to...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2019, 1:53 pm (UTC)

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Chapter 3 of Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States discusses Bacon’s Rebellion. Bacon’s Rebellion is always complex to talk about because while it was an uprising of the masses against the...

Latest answer posted August 1, 2018, 11:34 pm (UTC)

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Bailyn's fundamental starting point is that aspects of American History such as the Revolution and the Constitution emerged from an ideological reality shared amongst the Framers. Bailyn believes...

Latest answer posted August 7, 2013, 2:08 am (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 A People's History of the United States, "The Socialist Challenge," Zinn describes socialism as arising from class anger that developed in response to the harshness of ordinary...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2017, 3:15 pm (UTC)

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Zinn includes the excerpt from Hughes's poem because the point of the poem is that America has not lived up to its promise. Hughes is saying that America has never really been "America" for poor...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2011, 1:37 pm (UTC)

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Chapter 11 of this book mentions numerous authors who advocated reform. The first two mentioned are Matthew Josephson and Joel Spring. The former criticized President Benjamin Harrison, and the...

Latest answer posted February 15, 2019, 8:48 pm (UTC)

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Zinn begins this chapter by discussing the government's protection of slavery, as cotton was such a profitable crop. He writes that only a rebellion could destroy the system of slavery before the...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2018, 11:47 pm (UTC)

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Zinn concludes that military action in both Cuba and the Philippines was motivated by conquest and financial gain. However, he argues that the American public better understood the war's objectives...

Latest answer posted July 14, 2016, 9:01 am (UTC)

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Your first paragraph can begin by introducing Zinn and his quest to revise traditional histories to look at the people's, rather than the state's, point of view. Zinn’s Marxist ideology, dislike of...

Latest answer posted June 7, 2015, 4:20 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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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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I had to pare down the original question. Some of them were awesome questions, so I suggest you repost them, one at a time. Zinn's quote is a compelling one. I think that you would have to make...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2012, 9:52 pm (UTC)

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The labor movements of the 1880s and 1890s were not successful. Initially, riots were spontaneous but the 1880s and 1890s saw massive, organized riots and protests by laborers. This was mostly due...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2015, 7:36 pm (UTC)

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The part about disease really does not have anything to do with why the rebel leaders were excluded. I would not include that in my answer. Also, please note that Theodore Roosevelt was not...

Latest answer posted January 14, 2012, 10:52 pm (UTC)

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In The People's History of the United States, Howard Zinn discusses the issues of slavery in chapter 9, entitled "Slavery without Submission, Emancipation without Freedom." He begins the chapter...

Latest answer posted July 21, 2018, 4:13 pm (UTC)

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Chapter 17 provides an overview of the Civil Rights movement, which, as Zinn writes, was a surprise to many but should not have been. African-American writers such as Countee Cullen and Langston...

Latest answer posted August 6, 2017, 8:52 pm (UTC)

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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...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2018, 12:11 am (UTC)

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Zinn's view of capitalism and industrialists is evident from the title of the chapter itself. He refers to industrialists who skilfully terrace "separate levels of oppression" along the "pyramid of...

Latest answer posted August 8, 2016, 7:41 pm (UTC)

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Chapter Seven of A People's History of the United States deals with the troubled relationship between the United States and Native peoples. Its specific topic is, as Zinn writes, "Indian removal,...

Latest answer posted December 6, 2015, 7:15 pm (UTC)

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Zinn claims that traditional interpretations of Columbus's encounters in the "New World" do not sufficiently grapple with the horrific consequences of these encounters, which were the result of...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2019, 2:05 pm (UTC)

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Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States has as its major theme the injection into the study of American history those events and people who have been neglected in more conventional...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2018, 6:04 pm (UTC)

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Zinn makes the argument that the American Revolution was "half a revolution." Essentially, the condition of landed wealth and entrenched power that the colonists rebelled against was replaced with...

Latest answer posted August 7, 2013, 1:05 am (UTC)

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The answer to this question can be found in Chapter 19 of A People’s History of the United States. This chapter is entitled “Surprises.” The brief answer is that, according to Howard Zinn, the...

Latest answer posted May 15, 2015, 2:05 am (UTC)

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“The Empire and the People” is chapter 12 of Howard Zinn’s A People's History of the United States. Zinn explores the era of tremendous American foreign expansion that began in the 1890s. While...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2020, 1:13 am (UTC)

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Zinn explains that indentured servants were largely forced into coming to America. Many had to escape the impoverished conditions of their countries, and others were brought to the New World, he...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2019, 11:15 pm (UTC)

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Chapter 3 of A People's History is entitled "Persons of Mean and Vile Condition." It is a class analysis of the British North American colonies in the late-seventeenth and early-eighteenth...

Latest answer posted July 2, 2020, 1:34 pm (UTC)

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As with most arguments with Zinn, the basic idea that emerges out of the second chapter is the idea of how power and economic control converge in making society and developing the historical...

Latest answer posted August 29, 2012, 10:40 am (UTC)

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According to Zinn, the primary purpose of a public school education during the Gilded Age was to train skilled and semi-skilled workers for the new age of industry. The rise of public school...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2018, 5:36 pm (UTC)

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In this chapter, Zinn traces the distrust in government that affected the country by the 1970s, largely as a result of the Vietnam War. In addition, the scandals that affected the Nixon...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2017, 12:20 am (UTC)

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In discussing the formation of England’s North American colonies that would later become the core of the United States, Howard Zinn looks (Chapter 3) at the origins of the settlers in class and...

Latest answer posted January 4, 2019, 11:27 pm (UTC)

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There is not a country in world history in which racism has been more important, for so long a time, as the United States. And the problem of "the color line," as W. E. B. Du Bois put it, is still...

Latest answer posted December 14, 2015, 2:35 pm (UTC)

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Hi miasmith1, Any follow-up questions you may have should actually be posted in a new question. If you ask them here, our editors won't be likely to see that you've asked a new question, and...

Latest answer posted August 31, 2012, 5:28 pm (UTC)

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One of the most important themes in Chapters 17 and 18 in A People's History of the United States is that individual action can have profound effects on social and political policy. In chapter 17,...

Latest answer posted December 13, 2015, 1:35 pm (UTC)

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Chapter Five of A People's History of the United States concerns the class and racial inequalities that were central to the American Revolution. While Americans usually imagine that conflict as a...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2017, 8:30 pm (UTC)

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Zinn writes of the Industrial Revolution, "the government of the United States was behaving almost exactly as Karl Marx described a capitalist state: pretending neutrality to maintain order, but...

Latest answer posted December 26, 2016, 1:36 pm (UTC)

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Zinn states that the federal government responded to the question of Civil Rights in the 20th century by doing very little to protect the people risking their lives in the movement. For example,...

Latest answer posted September 14, 2017, 4:00 pm (UTC)

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In A People's History of the United States, Howard Zinn asks, "Are the conditions of slavery as important as the existence of slavery?" because he wants his readers to get down to the reality...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2021, 9:40 pm (UTC)

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Zinn essentially accepts the familiar narrative that Franklin Roosevelt was the architect of the New Deal, and he stresses the president's role in preserving capitalism by "stabilizing the system."...

Latest answer posted May 1, 2019, 3:24 pm (UTC)

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"War is the health of the state," the radical writer Randolph Bourne said, in the midst of the First World War. Indeed, as the nations of Europe went to war in 1914, the governments flourished,...

Latest answer posted May 4, 2016, 2:21 pm (UTC)

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To understand what tyranny Zinn is talking about, look at the end of the chapter, where Zinn actually uses the phrase "tyranny is tyranny" in a quote. That quote shows that the tyranny he is...

Latest answer posted May 3, 2011, 6:17 am (UTC)

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Bacon’s Rebellion (Chapter 3) took place in Virginia in 1676, when white frontiersmen, slaves, and servants launched a rebellion against the British colonial rulers, burning Jamestown in the...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2018, 3:06 am (UTC)

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In chapter fifteen of A People's History of the United States, Howard Zinn essentially interprets the Great Depression, and the government's initially feeble response to it, as the outgrowth of...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2020, 3:42 am (UTC)

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