Howard Zinn’s A PEOPLE’S HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES


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You can read the entire book here, posted by United Diversity.

Also there’s a teaching version!

It’s by Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove, put together by Gayle Olson-Raymer of Humboldt State University (with selected chapters written by AP teachers in that university’s area)

He was quite the character. Unfortunately, he died in 2010.

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Arkansas Bill Would Ban Howard Zinn’s Writings From Classrooms – Monday, March 13, 2017 

That was the headline over at truth-out (link)

“A bill before the Arkansas legislature seeks to ban any material by or about historian Howard Zinn from public or state-supported school coursework. Zinn is best known for A People’s History of the United States a book that looks at the nation’s history from the perspective of marginalized and disadvantaged communities. Arkansas’ HB 1834 is one of a raft of bills sent to the state legislature’s House Committee on Education reflecting a decidedly conservative ideology. The proposal to ban Zinn’s works from Arkansas classrooms would be tacked onto an existing law that requires K-12 students to stand hand on heart and recite the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of each school day”


Why is Zinn so ban-worthy?

Because he taught American history from the perspectives of everyone but the rich white bourgeoisie slave owning men. If you don’t have time to read the book, you can at least check out his lectures and interviews. He spoke truth to power. He challenged the status-quo. He steamrolled over the ideological hegemony in this country. He pointed out hypocrisy. The ruling elite class didn’t really appreciate that all too much.

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Free online books uploaded to public domains:

PDF VERSION: RobertPaulWolff – In Defense of Anarchism (online version) — from The Anarchist Library which has a fuckton of good books to read online

United Diversity‘s list of available books. Really great selection, they have a bunch of Noam Chomsky’s works on there!

The Marxist Archive has a bunch of stuff ranging from Rosa Luxemburg to Oscar Wilde


 

 

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