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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

The major thesis of this chapter is that the American Revolution was fought mainly by the poorer and common people and was overseen by the elites. The elites ensured that the Revolution would be...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2013, 7:42 pm (UTC)

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One of Zinn's most critical points is the approach he takes in retelling history. Zinn takes from the Kissinger line that suggests that "history is the memory of states," and develops a more...

Latest answer posted November 24, 2013, 12:55 am (UTC)

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The answer to this can be found in Chapter 8. There, Zinn argues that the war with Mexico was a war of conquest that was undertaken against the will of many of the American people. The war was...

Latest answer posted July 25, 2013, 2:43 am (UTC)

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In chapters 4 and 5 of A People's History of the United States, Howard Zinn describes how the American Revolutionary War was essentially a struggle for power between two political elite groups. The...

Latest answer posted March 3, 2019, 5:17 pm (UTC)

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I assume that you are asking about the task that was imposed upon the natives of the province of “Cicao on Haiti” by Christopher Columbus. This is discussed in Chapter 1 of A People’s History of...

Latest answer posted August 18, 2015, 2:56 am (UTC)

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The Populist party, also called the People's Party, tried to unite African-Americans and whites but was not successful in doing so. Part of the problem was that African-Americans were not given...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2017, 1:34 pm (UTC)

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Chapter 25, the last chapter in Howard Zinn's book, deals with two topics: the disputed presidential election of 2000 and America's reaction to the terrorist attack of 9/11. The presidential...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2019, 8:03 am (UTC)

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In the years leading up to the American Revolution, there was enormous popular discontent, often pointed directly at landlords and tax collectors. Many early mass actions were direct examples of...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2019, 6:21 am (UTC)

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The "muddiest point" in any work is where the greatest amount of questions or confusion arise. Since it is based on an individual's perception, the best I can do is to offer potential areas of...

Latest answer posted July 20, 2016, 6:19 am (UTC)

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Howard Zinn’s most famous work, A People's History of the United States, is consistent with the historian’s long-held perspective as to whether the American Civil War ended the division between...

Latest answer posted February 21, 2020, 7:48 pm (UTC)

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These seven chapters cover a variety of different subjects. The only thing that they really have in common is that they all tend to support Howard Zinn’s general thesis. In these chapters (as in...

Latest answer posted August 17, 2014, 10:03 pm (UTC)

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Both historians are similar in that they assess history in a manner that tends to reject the traditional narrative. A point of difference between them can be seen in both the literal and more...

Latest answer posted July 27, 2012, 3:37 am (UTC)

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Please note that answers on this site cannot be more than about 500 words so I can only devote about 160 words to each of these chapters. This means the summaries cannot be extremely detailed. In...

Latest answer posted August 19, 2014, 7:04 pm (UTC)

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The Other Civil War (as termed by Howard Zinn) describes the struggle of working class people in the mid 1800s against the oppression of capitalism and the ruling elite before, during, and after...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2021, 2:40 am (UTC)

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There are examples of irony throughout Chapter Four in A People's History of the United States. Most of the irony centers around how the colonial elite criticize the King of England for his...

Latest answer posted December 14, 2015, 1:25 pm (UTC)

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Since Zinn is a marxist, it is not surprising that we should find many examples of conflict between rich and poor in the colonies discusses in his book. Two such examples can be seen in his...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2011, 8:59 am (UTC)

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In Zinn's assessment of "The Socialist Challenge," the experience of poverty leads to social unrest and people striking back. Zinn does not draw a picture of poverty where people are silenced and...

Latest answer posted June 27, 2011, 12:29 pm (UTC)

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The first thing to do in answering this is to make sure that your instructor has not given you any instructions about what to write about. Have you been given no other instructions other than to...

Latest answer posted November 2, 2015, 10:41 pm (UTC)

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Essentially, what this action by Congress said was that blacks did not really matter, that they were not as important as whites, even whites who had rebelled against their country. Blacks had hoped...

Latest answer posted August 17, 2011, 12:31 pm (UTC)

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The Mexican War is the subject of Chapter Eight of A People's History of the United States, and Zinn's narrative of the conflict focuses on the intense opposition to the war among abolitionists and...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2015, 5:55 pm (UTC)

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What Zinn is talking about here is the ability of the North Vietnamese and the Vietcong (the organized human beings) to defeat the US military (the organized modern technology). Zinn argues that...

Latest answer posted July 20, 2011, 2:29 pm (UTC)

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Zinn argues in Chapter 16 that the United States, while clearly engaged in a war with an "evil" enemy, was not primarily driven by altruistic motives to fight. Rather, the US entered the war to...

Latest answer posted June 18, 2012, 3:25 pm (UTC)

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Columbus sought gold on behalf of the Spanish monarchs, who financed his voyage in the hopes that he might discover great riches. We have to remember that Columbus was seeking a quicker water route...

Latest answer posted April 13, 2019, 2:35 pm (UTC)

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Howard Zinn, author of A People's History of the United States, served as a pilot during WWII, and his experience bombing France irrevocably tainted his opinion of war and politics. He depicts the...

Latest answer posted August 4, 2018, 1:58 am (UTC)

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Howard Zinn (August 24, 1922 – January 27, 2010) was an historian and political scientist with a PhD in history from Columbia University who had a long and distinguished career as a professor. As...

Latest answer posted August 26, 2016, 8:07 pm (UTC)

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Zinn notes that the United States had a massive advantage in military technology and firepower. The Filipinos were essentially guerrilla fighters who lacked heavy artillery in particular. Yet they...

Latest answer posted August 8, 2018, 12:19 pm (UTC)

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In Chapter 4, Howard Zinn is comparing the Founding Fathers to the leaders under British rule because (he says) they were both from the elite class and they both had the same sorts of attitudes...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2013, 11:23 pm (UTC)

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In Chapter 2, Zinn discusses a number of conditions that made for racism. As Zinn is a Marxist thinker, the most important of these, to him, is the economic needs of the elites of the society....

Latest answer posted February 13, 2012, 8:37 am (UTC)

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"War is the health of the state" is the title of chapter 14 in Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States. The chapter title was penned by Randolph Bourne (1886–1918), an American...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2019, 1:13 am (UTC)

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They found that by creating a nation, a symbol, a legal unity called the United States, they could take over land, profits, and political power from favorites of the British Empire. - Chapter...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2016, 3:31 pm (UTC)

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"any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such: killing members of the group; causing serious bodily or...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2016, 3:32 am (UTC)

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Howard Zinn’s approach is indicated by the title, “a people’s history.” His view is that conventional history texts over-emphasize the role of elites, stressing those who were—or became—the...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2018, 5:27 pm (UTC)

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I would say that the reason you give here is related to the main reason for the popularity of communism, but is not actually the main reason. The main reason for the prevalence of communism during...

Latest answer posted October 14, 2011, 5:54 am (UTC)

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There were many attempts by the federal government to discredit the antiwar movement, and other movements during the 1960s. The FBI famously put civil rights workers, student group leaders, union...

Latest answer posted July 27, 2012, 5:33 pm (UTC)

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Zinn introduces his analysis of the woman's predicament in American History with the idea that one could forget that women were a presence in the formative stages in American History. For Zinn,...

Latest answer posted August 19, 2013, 9:00 pm (UTC)

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In this chapter, Zinn argues that the Founding Fathers were acting tyranically towards four groups of people. These were African Americans, Native Americans, women, and workers. In Chapter 4, Zinn...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2011, 10:40 pm (UTC)

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Zinn presents the idea of the "permanent adversarial culture" in Chapter 22. There, he says that there is a group of people who will not accept the ideas that mainstream Americans of both parties...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2012, 6:19 pm (UTC)

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In Chapter Twelve of A People's History, Zinn argues that while socialists and other radicals had opposed the Spanish-American War and the war in the Philippines, labor unions had been divided,...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2012, 3:41 am (UTC)

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I think Zinn makes the argument that the government became used as an extension of the industrial capital base being built in America of the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. For Zinn, the need...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2012, 7:29 pm (UTC)

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A People's History of the United States

This question refers to Howard Zinn's influential book A People's History of the United States. Zinn suggests that American history books portray World War II as a "people's war" because of the...

Latest answer posted April 8, 2016, 2:07 pm (UTC)

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While Zinn does fall into some traps in his retelling of history, there is great value in the discussion that he initiates. While thinkers like Kucklick argue that Zinn's work is a collection of...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2018, 6:23 pm (UTC)

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It can be argued that a major fallacy that Zinn includes in his presentation of history is through his use of materialism to dictate the unfolding of history. From the opening chapter, Zinn makes...

Latest answer posted November 16, 2013, 2:49 pm (UTC)

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Zinn continues the cadence established in the earlier chapters of the narrative. It is evident that as industrialization began to take hold of the nation, government was used as a means to...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2012, 6:43 pm (UTC)

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Note that the suspicions of the Anti-slavery Society were well founded. There was indeed a push for the extension of slavery into the territories acquired in the war with Mexico, and the battle...

Latest answer posted June 23, 2011, 6:18 am (UTC)

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The primary myth associated with "Common Sense" was that Paine wrote his document as a simplistic call for the American nation to part with England. The traditional read of "Common Sense" was that...

Latest answer posted August 6, 2015, 1:44 pm (UTC)

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I think that Zinn's construction of American History is one where he presents how there has been the development of power as a part of the narrative. Yet, at the same time, Zinn wants to reveal a...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2012, 11:06 am (UTC)

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Some of the basic arguments and ideas put forth in chapter 3 is how rebellion threatened those in the position of power. Chapter 3 details how the theory of rebellion and the existential threat it...

Latest answer posted July 27, 2013, 2:28 am (UTC)

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Contact probably occured on the island of Mamana (present day Haiti and The Dominican Republic) in the eastern Caribbean between Columbus and the Arawak Indians. This is probably the most important...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2011, 1:27 pm (UTC)

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Despite the abolition of the slave trade by Congress in 1807—which came into effect the following year—many Americans continued to engage in what was still a highly lucrative practice. This was...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2019, 11:14 am (UTC)

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In this chapter, Zinn is not really interested in telling the story of what made some settlements “key” for the English. He is interested in talking about how the English (and other Europeans)...

Latest answer posted July 30, 2013, 6:26 pm (UTC)

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