A People’s History of the United States – Book Review

A People’s History of the United States’ is a book on humanities by Howard Zinn. A former political science professor at Boston University, Howard Zinn was an American social activist, historian, and writer. According to some people, Howard Zinn is the most influential historian in America’s history. This claim is backed by the fact that even twenty years after its original publication, Zinn’s ‘anti-history of the United States’ is selling more than 100,000 copies each year. ‘A People’s History of the United States’ gives a historical and moving account of the American people.

In ‘A People’s History of the United States’, Zinn takes a look at things through the eyes of foreigners affected by the American policy, such as minorities and exploited workers, to give a factual and unique tale of the country’s history. Zinn examines the forgotten people who suffered as America prospered. He aims to relate an American History that is different from one found in U.S. history textbooks written by the elite.

In this book, Howard Zinn documents the struggle of blacks against racism, the natives’ struggle against Europeans, labors’ struggle against capitalists and women’s struggle against male domination. Zinn’s account of repressed labor movements of 1877, 1886, and 1912 and the Spanish-American War provide a new outlook of the rationale under which the U.S. government operates.

The non-offensive nature of the U.S. history textbooks contributes towards a boring read. If you’re looking for a contrasting voice to more traditional narratives of U.S. History, then ‘A People’s History of the United States’ is an excellent read. A moral passion that is lacking in other existing historical texts is what this book conveys. Overall, ‘A People’s History of the United States’ is a great book to read especially if you’re an American that genuinely loves their country and the people it encompasses.

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