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

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What is the main idea of chapter 4 in Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States?

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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 the Revolution, an early twentieth-century approach that stressed the economic, rather than ideological, motives of Revolutionary leaders. Zinn focuses on a series of Revolutionary-era conflicts rooted in class antagonisms: the Regulator movement in backcountry North Carolina; the Stamp Act protests; and impressment riots in New York and Boston. But he argues that the Revolution was at its core a struggle to protect the property interests of wealthy Americans (without considering, it must be added, that Regulator leaders, many of whom were comfortable landholders, might have had similar motives).

As is the case throughout A People's History , Zinn's focus is on the disconnect between American ideals and what he perceives as the actual motives of political leaders. In particular, he takes aim at...

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