Analysis Of Howard Zinn 's ' The United States '

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“There is an underside to every age about which history does not often speak, because history is written from records left by the privileged.”
― Howard Zinn, A People 's History of the United States
Zinn once remarked, “Objectivity is impossible and it is also undesirable. That is, if it were possible it would be undesirable, because if you have any kind of a social aim, if you think history should serve society in some way; should serve the progress of the human race; should serve justice in some way, then it requires that you make your selection on the basis of what you think will advance causes of humanity” (Flynn). It is pretty clear to the reader that Zinn believes that socialism and Communism are systems that advance the cause of humanity, and that America is a reactionary, terrorist state; those beliefs form the foundation of his tendentious and error-ridden book.
In A People’s History of the United States, greed is the explanation for every major historical event. As we see in Zinn’s book, just to name a few examples, the separation from Great Britain, the Civil War, and World Wars I and II were driven by motives involving rich Americans more or less seeking to improve themselves at the expenses of others. To me it seems that there is clearly a disparity between the promise and practice of democracy and capitalism in twentieth century America. For Zinn, the answer is the same as the question pretty much. America is a “cruel, slaveholder society whose goal is
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