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What are the points of argument in chapter 4 of A People's History of the United States?

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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 systems of the United States have always exploited the vast majority of citizens for the benefit of a small elite. In this sense, America is not exceptional but resembles the nations of Europe from which its colonists came.

Chapter 4, "Tyranny is Tyranny," provides a cornerstone of this argument by examining the motives of the Founding Fathers for starting the American Revolution. Zinn points out that the majority of those who signed the Declaration of Independence had already been colonial officials under King George III, and almost all of them came from a wealthy, educated elite. They were far more concerned by the leveling movements, which were advocating for economic equality in the colonies, than they were by any threat from England and they went to war largely to distract the common people...

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