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

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What is the bias of Howard Zinn in A People's History of the United States?

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Howard Zinn (1922–2010) believed that common people were the real driving force behind history. Most historians had traditionally viewed history in much different ways. For example, many historians were influenced by the idea that great men—kings, generals, and presidents—made history. Zinn's view, which emphasized the primacy of ordinary people, was a direct and forceful challenge to this conventional view.

In Zinn's view, the Founding Fathers were aristocrats who did not trust the people. For instance, the Presidency, the Senate, and the House of Representatives were important institutions in the new government of the United States. Of the three, however, only the House was to be elected by popular vote. Moreover, slaves, Native Americans, and women could not vote at all. Only white male property holders enjoyed suffrage.

The public shapes history, according to Zinn. One example he gives of this is in his chapter on the Vietnam War. Protests against the war spread and ultimately...

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