A Young People's History of the United States

  • by Howard Zinn, Rebecca Stefoff
  • Narrated by Jeff Zinn
  • 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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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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- Susie

Balance to the official history

When I read that an Arizona Senator was trying to have the full, original version of this book banned from classroom, I of course had to find out its content. Official history textbooks are valuable but grossly incomplete. Argument against the "People's History of US" was it's extreme leftist bias. I think that since we are talking about facts, that argument is noting more than partisan nonsense, since facts don't have bias, they just are. Now, it's true that the book paints a very dark and at times (or even often) appealing picture of United States and it's people but that's because like the other texts it presents selective information. DIFFERENCE is that not just one but time and time again, the author tells you this and points out that it's not the official version, or COMPARES events to the official version, therein letting you know it's not the ONLY version of the events. No book is a COMPLETE coverage of anything, history or filed or even a story. As such this book NEEDS to be part of every school's curriculum. Especially now in the age when "alternative facts" and "fake news" concepts are being pushed into mainstream we need to make sure people, kids especially, are challenged into thinking for themselves. With this book many people will struggle to reconcile what they have been told - about America's greatness against America's shame. And that's a hard but good thing and ultimately only thing that can make America great (not again, since that never was).
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- Joanna Bugajska

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-04-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios