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

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What is the theme of the chapter entitled "The Intimately Oppressed" in A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn? 

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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 recitations of this subject. Most histories, Zinn argues, are written from a certain perspective: that of the white conquerors who “founded” and built the United States of America. Elementary and high school–level history books in particular tend to tread very lightly or ignore altogether some of the more negative consequences of the historical developments they depict. Students, Zinn suggests, are not being presented with the full story of the origins and evolution of their country. While slavery is discussed, there is little or no discussion of the genocidal treatment of the native tribes who populated the continent prior to Columbus’s arrival. While the effects of World War II mobilization are discussed, there is little or no discussion of the treatment of Japanese Americans, who...

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