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Analysis of A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn

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This book has proven to be an enlightening read. It both teaches and inspires. Howard Zinn has offered us a perspective of the real story of American history heretofore unavailable to us – history from the perspective of real people – immigrant laborers, American women, the working poor, factory workers, African and Native Americans.
A People's History of the United States, originally published in 1980, as a work of non-fiction by the political scientist and American historian, Howard Zinn. Zinn seeks to show us American history through the eyes of common, everyday people rather the views of biased historians. A People's History is included in high school and college curriculum across the United States and is a favorite of American
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The explorers were men, the landholders and merchants, the political leader’s men, the military figures men. The very invisibility of women, the overlooking of women, is a sign of their submerged status.”
In Chapter 6 of his book, Zinn casts his view onto the new United States embroiled in facing the changing role of women. While women of the outer classes - blacks, Indians and immigrants - most directly faced oppression, women of the moneyed and upper classes also began to organize for political rights.
Zinn goes on to look at the post-Reconstruction period utilizing letters and journals of those who lived through this time. The issue of black civil rights, abandoned by the North, left the southern states free to establish racial segregation without social resistance. This policy would continue the legacy of racial discrimination in the South for nearly another century. Terror groups such as the Ku Klux Klan formed to enforce segregation.
In looking at more contemporary issues, Zinn utilizes interview records and other hard documentation to show us the real stories. For example, the government moved slowly to end segregation, fearful of a change of the face of American power. We see how two of America’s favorite presidents, Eisenhower and Kennedy, did little to change the system during their administrations. Lyndon Johnson pushed for passage of the Civil Rights Bill of 1964. This was viewed
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