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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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Thought you knew US history? Great listen for another perspective of our past. I'm going to use the book for lessons in critical thinking for my US History students!
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This book is extremely informative. This should be taught in every class room. I thoroughly enjoyed it!
This is the truth that many of us seek. It needs to be heard! After years of studying the history of the USA in my own time, in my own way I am relieved and fulfilled as to finally have all the knowledge pertaining to the establishment of the US in one neat piece of literature.