Book: A Young People's History of the United States

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Howard Zinn's 1980 book, "A People's History of the United States" has sold one and a half million copies (a phenomenal number for a history book from a small independent publisher) and inaugurated a new kind of history book. Now, here is the long-awaited, affordably-priced, young-adult version of the history book that influenced a generation.
"Zinn used so many primary sources in his great book that it's impossible to refute its content. Unfortunately, the truth is uncomfortable for some; people who would rather spout hate than quote facts. Howard Zinn was a man of indisputable integrity and kindness. I gave my son "A Young People's History of the United States" recently and he "gets it." If we give our sons and daughters the truth, this will become a better world." - Adrian Zupp 7/19/13 This book begins with a look at Columbus' arrival through the eyes of the Arawak Indians and leads the reader through the struggles for workers' rights, women's rights and civi rights during the 19th and 20th centuries, and ending with the current protests against American imperialism wars. Zinn presents a radical new way of understanding America's history. In so doing, he reminds readers that America's true greatness is haped by our dissident voices, not our military generals, or corporations.

from Chapter 14, "Rise Like Lions":
"Imagine the American people united for the first time in a movement for fundamental change. Imagine society's power taken away from the giant corporations, the military and the politicians who answer to corporate and military interests...
Two forces are now rushing toward the future. One wears a splendid uniform. It is the 'official' past with all of its violence, war, prejudices against those who are different, hoarding of the good earth's wealth by the few and political power in the hands of liars and murderers.
The other force is ragged but inspired. It is the 'people's' past, with its history of resistance, civil disobedience against the military machine, protests against racism, fear and hatred of multiculturalism, and a growing anger against endless wars."

Howard Zinn is the recipient of the Upton Sinclair Award, the Thomas Merton Award, the Egene Debs Award and the Lannan Literary Prize.
Rebecca Stefoff is the author of many books for children and young adults, includng a biography of the Shawnee chieftan Tecumseh and her adaptation of Ronald Takaki's award-winning history of Asian-Americans, "Strangers from a Different Shore."

"In many years of searching we have not found one history book we would recommend, until the just-published 'A Young People's History of the United States.' This is the edition of 'A People's History...' that we have all been waiting for." Deborah Menkart, of the late, greatly missed Teaching For Change (which closed its mailorder service in 2009)

We encourage you to purchase this book to donate to your local middle or high school library. With constant budgetary constraints a book this important needs to be accessible in our schools, High School teachers: contact the publisher directly for lowest possible discounts for classroom use: Seven Stories Press, Special Sales: Lars Reilly (email: "lars [at] sevenstories [dot] com) or call (212) 226-8760.


Emails obtained by The Associated Press through a Freedom of Information Act request show Mitch Daniels (former Governor of Indiana and President of Perdue University) requested that historian and anti-war activist Howard Zinn's writings be banned from classrooms and asked for a "cleanup" of college courses. "This appears to be a back-channel effort by the governor to limit access to ideas," said Ken Paulson, president of the First Amendment Center and dean of the College of Mass Communication at Middle Tennessee State University. "Under the First Amendment, the government is prohibited from trying to suppress expression with which it disagrees."

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