Summary Of The American Pageant By Howard Zinn

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After reading a chapter of The American Pageant by David Kennedy, and a chapter of A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn, both discuss the beginning of the revolution in the colonies. Zinn approaches the information with great detail and analysis of the colonial revolution. Kennedy does not succeed in this, he often contradicts himself, and lacks detail and analysis. Zinn does a terrific job of giving analysis and detail into the positive and negative effects of the Revolution. Zinn has the greater chapter, detailing the beginning of the revolution. Zinn’s chapter gives a detailed view of the beginning of the revolution, through the struggle to begin the revolution, explaining “no taxation without representation”, and the struggle between rich and poor. Kennedy and Zinn cover the struggle to begin the revolution. However, Zinn goes into much greater detail, he says, “But as the conflict with Britain intensified, the colonial leaders of the movement for independence, aware of the tendency of poor tenants to side with the British in their anger against the rich, adopted policies to win over people in the countryside” (Zinn 63). Zinn exemplifies the way the colonial leaders persuaded the farmers to join the revolution. Zinn gives a more detailed view of what it took to put together a militia against the British. Kennedy says, “In a broad sense, America was a revolutionary force form the day of its discovery by Europeans” (Kennedy, 113). Kennedy claims

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