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A People's History of the United States

by Howard Zinn
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Who does Zinn say is left out of official history in A People's History of the United States?

In A People's History of the United States, Zinn says that various groups were left out of official history, including women, African Americans, Native Americans, working-class people, and others. Zinn says most official history tends to focus on powerful white men and those around them.

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Howard Zinn's approach to history was both unique and revolutionary. Historians before him focused on the supposedly great accomplishments of white men in American history, but Zinn argued that these men were not the true heroes of American history. Zinn strongly believed that the true heroes and heroines of America's great history were the ordinary people omitted from historical texts. Every chapter in A People's History tells the story of forgotten and oppressed people who struggled to build America.

The first chapter describes the meeting between Christopher Columbus and the Arawak Indians. The Indians gave the Spanish a hospitable welcome, but they were killed or enslaved by the greedy and merciless Spanish. The Arawaks were, according to Zinn, better people than their conquerors. Native Americans' suffering continued for centuries; in the nineteenth century, the US government disregarded the rights of Native Americans.

Zinn was a strong critic of late-nineteenth century American...

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Last Updated by eNotes Editorial on March 19, 2020
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