Voices of a People's History of the United States

Voices of a People s History of the United States Here in their own words are Frederick Douglass George Jackson Chief Joseph Martin Luther King Jr Plough Jogger Sacco and Vanzetti Patti Smith Bruce Springsteen Mark Twain and Malcolm X to nam

  • Title: Voices of a People's History of the United States
  • Author: Howard Zinn Anthony Arnove
  • ISBN: 9781583226476
  • Page: 492
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Here in their own words are Frederick Douglass, George Jackson, Chief Joseph, Martin Luther King Jr Plough Jogger, Sacco and Vanzetti, Patti Smith, Bruce Springsteen, Mark Twain, and Malcolm X, to name just a few of the hundreds of voices that appear in Voices of a People s History of the United States, edited by Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove.Paralleling the twenty fourHere in their own words are Frederick Douglass, George Jackson, Chief Joseph, Martin Luther King Jr Plough Jogger, Sacco and Vanzetti, Patti Smith, Bruce Springsteen, Mark Twain, and Malcolm X, to name just a few of the hundreds of voices that appear in Voices of a People s History of the United States, edited by Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove.Paralleling the twenty four chapters of Zinn s A People s History of the United States, Voices of a People s History is the long awaited companion volume to the national bestseller For Voices, Zinn and Arnove have selected testimonies to living history speeches, letters, poems, songs left by the people who make history happen but who usually are left out of history books women, workers, nonwhites Zinn has written short introductions to the texts, which range in length from letters or poems of less than a page to entire speeches and essays that run several pages Voices of a People s History is a symphony of our nation s original voices, rich in ideas and actions, the embodiment of the power of civil disobedience and dissent wherein lies our nation s true spirit of defiance and resilience.

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    1. A person must understand one thing going in: this is not "objective" history, if such a thing can be said to exist. Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States is written, and the companion volume Voices of a People's History is compiled, with a clear and openly acknowledged anarcho-socialist agenda, and if the titles (and the books' huge fame as touchstones of the radical left) weren't enough to clue you in, I definitely wouldn't recommend either volume to a person who wants their his [...]

    2. In most history books we read about famous people like Theodore Roosevelt or Harry Truman, but the truth is that these figures did not effect the daily lives of each of us nearly as much as the forgotten heroes this book brings out. People who fought for universal male suffrage, for women's suffrage, free speech, shorter workdays and workweeks, higher wages, equal treatment before the law, more accountability in government, etc. This book is able to bring those heroes back into our consciousness [...]

    3. I downloaded this one from Audible and the readers were all amazing Kurt Vonnegut, James Earl Jones, and Alice Walker to name a few. It was great!

    4. Freshman maybe? On the required reading syllabus that for some insane reason had my "father" ranting and raving- and became the lies of these "liberal teachers over there at the university of Iowa who should be shot"OMG!!!!!! Like I remember first laughing thinking "how funny" and it became sooooo not funnyBy summer 2004 I began to notice it was just my dad who was looney jk Nobody Nolonger in any class "discussion" shared the U.S. Govt "podium" of open intellectual debateif even To what is toda [...]

    5. This is one of a few books that transformed my understanding of American history, and the very idea of history. This book saddened me greatly, but also inspired me. Saddened because of the hardships of so many people, inspired because of the changes that even the seemingly least powerful created, and that so many people still benefit from today.

    6. Greatest piece of American literature of all time. Read it and Dad please tell me that the wealthy scheming royal families of America don't want Manifest Destiny

    7. took almost a yearbut i'm finished (yes, i read many books in between). so sad to read all of the evidence that we really haven't changed much in terms of gov't or politics. informative and i learned some new info.

    8. This is my first read of the revised version. I am unable to get through this without despair of what we humans CONTINUE to do to to our fellow man. We don't stop the hate.

    9. An incredible collection featuring many authors that I will need to do some more reading about. A great companion book to A People's History.

    10. Saw this dramatized in a documentary with some famous actors and actresses reading from the letters and papers. Very moving

    11. When I first began reading this book, I was super excited to get the opportunity to read a side of American history different from the view taught in school. However, I did not realize that this book was a compilation of primary sources--letters, diary entries, etc. Starting out, I read page by page, but about forty pages in, I decided to only read the introductory paragraphs to each chapter and the short explanation/introduction before each source. Then, if I really wanted to read the following [...]

    12. I read this book as a required text for my Racial Ethnics in U.S. History class. When I was reading half-way into this compilation of notable quotes from unique and historical people, Author Howard Zinn passed away in the winter of 2010. I am very glad that I was able to explore and learn Zinn's view of how he wished to preserve and demonstrate the many faces, who contributed and alter the course of history with their resistance, loyalty, and bravery; by passing down valuable lessons for society [...]

    13. I picked this book up by accident thinking it was the same edition as the actual People's History of the U.S and I wasn't too disappointed. Zinn did a great job compiling all the historical texts, and in this manner the book offers a precise and profound look at one side of American history that most of us never see. There's a lot literature in there that could possibly be overlooked in any other situation by most history aficionados. The only drawback to the book is that it really focuses a lot [...]

    14. This is a great collection of the untold stories of American history, and those that are usually told from the perspective of the powerful/the winners. It's a great springboard to finding interesting little-known bits and little-known characters in American history to follow-up and read more about. It's like a collection of teasers for the underdogs of American history. Unlike Zinn's "A People's History of the United States" and other textbook-format history books, it's mostly just sections of p [...]

    15. This book was given to me by my niece for Christmas a year ago and took me a LONG time to finish. This book sings the praises of communism, socialism, marxism and blames most of the worlds issues on capitalism. The book starts off saying that the history taught in schools is slanted and truth is suppressed then the book proceeds to do exactly the same thing. It is a rare thing when I yell at a book I'm reading in frustration but that happened a few times with this book because it in several inst [...]

    16. A very good anthology of primary source documents that complements Zinn's classic work, "The People's History of the United States" and thereby provides an important corrective to earlier exceptionalist, nationalist, ethnocentric (i.e white), and celebratory narratives of US history. Whether it be Bartholomé de Las Casas's "In Defense of the Indians" (1550), Sojourner Truth's "Ain't I a Woman?" (1851), Tecumseh's Speech to the Osages (1811-12), or Yuri Kochiyama's "Then Came the War" (1991), th [...]

    17. Do you think you're a student of US History? Think again. You owe it to yourself to not only listen to this CD but to read Howard Zinn's People's History of the United States, which is the next non-fiction book in my lineup. Listen to the words of people who were alive at various points since 1492 that suffered or were aware of the atrocities committed in the name of building the USA. Listen to the words of the people who were enslaved, massacred, tortured and burned at the stake. To paraphrase [...]

    18. The present volume is a follow-up to the author's well-known "A People's History of the United States." This is an anthology of material presenting the voices of many men and women that are never or rarely heard from when the "official" story of the nation is told. The author lets the people speak for themselves, presenting each section or piece with only a brief bit of introduction. If you have not read Zinn I suggest you do yourself a favor and start with "A People's History " Why is justice f [...]

    19. I read this book before I read Peoples History. I"m glad I read them in the order I did. This book has none of the Zinn opinions but is simply a collection of journal entries, historical documents such as letters or antiquated laws that really outline a different story for Americans than what per say the history books tell us. It's us telling our story from what we experienced over the centuries. Some of the stories here, presented in first person, will make you cry with sadness, and others will [...]

    20. This book is excellent. Wonderful companion to A People of History of the United States (another great read). This will influence you like none other. It showcases how social movements have influenced American culture time and time again. How people that are given very little space in our text books, or written out entirely, are still extremely important. It has speech, after speech by resisters to every war this country has had. Talks about the suffrage movement, the civil rights movements, the [...]

    21. This is pretty good for what it is. It's just getting hard for me to justify spending my time reading stuff like this. I've already heard plenty of inspirational speeches, poems and songs cleverly wording common sense criticisms of U.S. policies. If you're someone who's still shocked with the idea that not everyone loves America then you'll probably benefit from reading this. For everyone else, there's not much point.

    22. It seems foolish for me to attempt to review Howard Zinn, so I'll let brevity be my redemption and just state that, this book was as equally eye-opening to the realities of how the United States has become the empire it is today as was his original tome, A People's History. "Voices" is full of powerful source material juxtaposing those heroic stories of white-christian-triumph vs. the truth of those "heroes" committing exploitation and murder. A must read.

    23. An excellent anthology which runs as long as Zinn's book "The People's History" and worth reading from beginning to end; my particular favorites from this collection are Emma Goldman's speech on patriotism, Fredrick Douglass' speech "What to the slave is the Fourth of July?" and a letter from the black astronomer Benjamin Banneker to Jefferson imploring the latter to recognize African Americans as equal to whites.

    24. People criticize Zinn for being anti-america, I really didn't notice so much as he does inform the audience of the slant he is writing from up front. I can see where he gets the marker but if you don't read his books you will continue to view history from an american biased prospective. The peoples history is exactly that, a a qualitative account from the people viewpoint on history.

    25. I'm reading this along side 'A People's History of the United States'. It's great. This book is composed of diary entries and newspaper articles and speeches from our distant past and recent history. 'Hearing' everyday, sometimes unknown people's voices from so long ago allows you to connect with them as real people - their desires and hopes are ours.

    26. This is a book of letters, poems and speeches from everyday American folk, extraordinary folk, the unsung heroes of US history. I loved Sojourner Truth’s speech “Ain’t I A Woman?” There are also some great speeches by more famous people such as Malcolm Luther King Jr and Malcolm X. It’s history direct from the mouths and pens of those who made it.

    27. Here in this book is real history made by those who are nowhere to be found in our school textbooks and in our classrooms.The great, inspiring and heroic figures of US history fill the pages of this wonderful book.Beyond Essential.

    28. I use excerpts from this book with my students. Each primary source is only 2 or 3 pages long, so it works really well in the classroom. Not the kind of book your read from cover to cover, but the stuff in here is really fascinating.

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