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



A People's History of the United States by historian, professor, and activist Howard Zinn debuted in 1980 and became a national bestseller classic with its chronicle of American history from the bottom up that dispels the official narrative taught in schools, which places emphasis on great (predominately white) men in high places. Instead, Zinn focuses on the true realities of our country's past from the perspective of the street, home, and workplace of the common citizen. From Zinn's influence on the civil rights movement and on Martin Luther King Jr. directly, to being cited as an indispensable source by luminaries like Noam Chomsky, to inspiring popular culture icons like Damon, De La Rocha, and Vedder, this seminal book and the man who authored it have had a formative impact on many true patriots and truth seekers. With an introduction by Anthony Arnove, this 35th Anniversary Edition of A People's History of the United States is defined as the volume that conveys America's story from the point of view of - and in the words of - America's women, factory workers, African-Americans, Native Americans, the working poor, and the immigrant laborer in a lively, clear prose, backed by scholarly research. As Zinn shows, many of our country's greatest battles from the fights for a fair wage, an eight-hour workday, child-labor laws, health and safety standards, universal suffrage, women's rights, and racial equality have been carried out at the grassroots level, and against significant resistance. Covering Christopher Columbus's arrival through President Clinton's first term, A People's History of the United States features insightful analysis into the most important events in our history. This is a signature work in our Literature for Liberty program, where we present texts with an historical context for an informed perspective relevant to current issues. Hence, all profits from our distribution of A People's History will be donated to the Zinn Education Project that promotes and supports the teaching of both accurate and far more interesting history in classrooms across the country.


  • By Howard Zinn
  • National Bestseller
  • 35th Anniversary Edition (2015)
  • Paperback
  • 784 pages
  • IBSN 978-0-06-0239734-8
  • Harper Perennial Modern Classics Publication
  • Profits Donated to Zinn Education Project


Howard Zinn's work literally changed the conscience of a generation. It's hard to imagine how many young people's lives were touched by his work and his life. Both leave a permanent stamp on how history is understood and the conception of how a decent and honorable life should be lived. And the series of 'people's histories' derived from this great work have provided new understanding of who we are and what we should aspire to be.

- Noam Chomsky

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