A People's History of American Empire by Howard Zinn

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Adapted from the bestselling grassroots history of the United States, the story of America in the world, told in comics form



Since its landmark publication in 1980, A People's History of the United States has had six new editions, sold more than 1.7 million copies, become required classroom reading throughout the country, and been turned into an acclaimed play. More than a successful book, A People's History triggered a revolution in the way history is told, displacing the official versions with their emphasis on great men in high places to chronicle events as they were lived, from the bottom up.



Now Howard Zinn, historian Paul Buhle, and cartoonist Mike Konopacki have collaborated to retell, in vibrant comics form, a most immediate and relevant chapter of A People's History: the centuries-long story of America's actions in the world. Narrated by Zinn, this version opens with the events of 9/11 and then jumps back to explore the cycles of U.S. expansionism from Wounded Knee to Iraq, stopping along the way at World War I, Central America, Vietnam, and the Iranian revolution. The book also follows the story of Zinn, the son of poor Jewish immigrants, from his childhood in the Brooklyn slums to his role as one of America's leading historians.



Shifting from world-shattering events to one family's small revolutions, A People's History of American Empire presents the classic ground-level history of America in a dazzling new form.

 

About Howard Zinn

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Howard Zinn (1922-2010) was a historian, playwright, and social activist. His many books include A People's History of the United States, which has sold more than two million copies.
 
Published April 1, 2008 by Metropolitan Books. 288 pages
Genres: History, Arts & Photography, Comics & Graphic Novels. Non-fiction

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For Howard Zinn, long-time civil rights and anti-war activist, history and ideology have a lot in common.

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Being that Zinn is most valuable for his insistence on shedding light on dark corners of American history, the book comes most alive when it is describing little-remembered episodes like the shameful American occupation of the Philippines in the aftermath of the Spanish-American War, cleverly enl...

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Historian Zinn sides with the latter group in chronicling Indians' struggle against Europeans, blacks' struggle against racism, women's struggle against patriarchy, and workers' struggle against capitalists.

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In Voices Of A People's History Of The United States, Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove have gathered together some of the voices like ours from history and told the story of the United States from the time of Columbus to those who oppose the empire-building mentality that exists in today's America.

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The point of Harman’s world history is to place the idea of class struggle at the center of world history, without really worrying too much about what a social class is, about whether social classes form cohesive social units, or about whether the class struggle can really deliver us all that Mar...

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Based on Zinn’s bestselling book A People’s History of America, with additional material from his autobiography, the wonderfully titled You Can’t Be Neutral On a Moving Train, the book takes the form of a lecture from Zinn, and later parts draw on his personal experiences of childhood, of serving...

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But the Tenth Amendment, which states that "the powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited it by the states, are reserved to the States respectively," would later become a bedrock for the states' rights advocates in the South.

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