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

1242 WordsJul 17, 20185 Pages
America is a nation that is often glorified in textbooks as a nation of freedom, yet history shows a different, more radical viewpoint. In Howard Zinn’s A People's History of the United States, we take a look at American history through a different lens, one that is not focused on over glorifying our history, but giving us history through the eyes of the people. “This is a nation of inconsistencies”, as so eloquently put by Mary Elizabeth Lease highlights a nation of people who exploited and sought to keep down those who they saw as inferior, reminding us of more than just one view on a nation’s history, especially from people and a gender who have not had an easy ride. In some respects, we can attribute the founding of America and all…show more content…
Shay’s rebellion came to fruition from fed up citizens that took up action to fight what they saw as a tyrannical ruler. Met with the possibility of more conflict, the government was forced to create the Bill of Rights, which would grant American citizens a set of basic rights that no one could take away. The hypocrisy and inconsistency of the United Stated was shown, as the three fifths compromise was put into effect as well, slave would now count as three fifths of a person. A bill that had taken a pledge to give civil rights to the people of America was released the same time slaves were counted as slightly more than half a person. These problems that arose from inequality would shape many of the events that were to follow. Eventually the United States became known as the land of the free, however this did not apply to everyone in the country and was more applicable to white males. Women fought for their own rights, which the land of the free had forgotten to give them in the Bill of Rights. They fought for suffrage, better working conditions, and equal pay. It took years for this to come to fruition, and even equal pay is still an issue women in America have to fight for. The Native Americans got it especially hard around this time, with President Andrew Jackson going against them and often break America’s promises to them, which years later lead to the Trail of Tears. The Trails of Tears forced many Natives off their land and to relocate elsewhere,
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