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A Young People's History of the United States | [Howard Zinn, Rebecca Stefoff]

A Young People's History of the United States

Beginning with a look at Christopher Columbus’s arrival through the eyes of the Arawak Indians, then leading the reader through the struggles for workers’ rights, women’s rights, and civil rights during the 19th and 20th centuries, and ending with the current protests against continued American imperialism, Zinn in the volumes of A Young People’s History of the United States presents a radical new way of understanding America’s history. In so doing, he reminds listeners that America’s true greatness is shaped by our dissident voices, not our military generals.
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A Young People's History of the United States brings to US history the viewpoints of workers, slaves, immigrants, women, Native Americans, and others whose stories, and their impact, are rarely included in stories for young people. A Young People's History of the United States is also a companion volume to The People Speak, the film adapted from A People's History of the United States and Voices of a People's History of the United States. Beginning with a look at Christopher Columbus’s arrival through the eyes of the Arawak Indians, then leading the reader through the struggles for workers’ rights, women’s rights, and civil rights during the 19th and 20th centuries, and ending with the current protests against continued American imperialism, Zinn in the volumes of A Young People's History of the United States presents a radical new way of understanding America’s history. In so doing, he reminds listeners that America's true greatness is shaped by our dissident voices, not our military generals.

©2007 Howard Zinn. Previously published as a two volume set. (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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    Susie Santa Cruz, CA, United States 03-17-14
    Susie Santa Cruz, CA, United States 03-17-14 Member Since 2012

    I'm Audible's first Editor-at-Large, the host of In Bed with Susie Bright -- and a longtime author, editor, journo, and bookworm. I listen to audio when I'm cooking, playing cards, knitting, going to bed, waking up, driving, and putting other people's kids to bed! My favorite audiobooks, ever, are: "True Grit" and "The Dog of the South."

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    "An Inclusive History for Young People"

    Howard Zinn's classic history of the US from the viewpoint of the Native Americans, slaves, and other underdogs has not only been revised for young people, it INCLUDES the history of young people; young sailors on Columbus's ships, young soldiers, young servants.

    This is an essential companion to the standard history we were taught in school. Zinn takes Churchill’s famous line, “History is written by the victors,” and turns it upside down. He writes, “Every historian’s own ideas and beliefs go into the way he or she writes history,” and he takes the view of “more than just the conquerers and leaders.” He gives a voice to the vanquished.

    In this young people’s version, violence of American history has not been whitewashed, but it has been made less graphic, and all has been simplified, though certainly not dumbed down.

    Jeff Zinn’s narration keeps it all clear and steers away from the strident outrage that could so easily creep in to the subject.

    Compellingly written and inclusive, this is a great listen.

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    If you could sum up A Young People's History of the United States in three words, what would they be?

    Engaging and thought provoking work missing from most public school curricula. Must read for all students. However, where is Volume II in audio format?


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