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What were Howard Zinn's main ideas in chapters 4 and 5 of A People's History of the United States?

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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 colonial elite and the British monarchy engaged in a war over control of the American colonies. However, the American revolutionary war leaders used the anger and discontent of the lower classes of the colonies to fuel the fight against the British crown. The political elite in the American colonies used political rhetoric of a people's war to engage the dissatisfied lower classes in the colonies to fight against the British. However, as the lower classes, and particularly black folks enslaved in the colonies soon found,...

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