The gradual emancipation of women furnishes some of the best anecdotes. I am not troubled by that, because the mountain of history books under which we all stand leans so heavily in the other direction - so tremblingly respectful of states and statesmen and so disrespectful, by inattention, to people's movements - that we need some counterforce to avoid being crushed into submission. It is a country so powerful, so big, so pleasing to so many of its citizens that it can afford to give freedom of dissent to the small number who are not pleased. I finally got a copy of the audible version and that helped me get through the entire book. Certainly, America long had a larger middle class than most of t History as it's told in our high school history textbooks is history that focuses on American leaders, whether political, military, or business. It is the reason that it was implemented in the schools and colleges as a subject as well.
The rest of the wealth is distributed in such a way as to turn those in the 99 percent against one another: small property owners against the propertyless, black against white, native-born against foreigh-born, intellectuals and professionals against the uneducated and unskilled. The gist of Zinn's book and this is a long gist, but it's a long book : the U. Most say they are bothered by Zinn's subjectivity but who cares? Following the ratification of the Constitution, the first Congress of the United States passed the Bill of Rights, a series of amendments to the Constitution that seemed to protect personal freedoms. I vaguely remember some controversy surrounding a history book that exposed the darker side of American History, and whether or not it belonged next to traditional history text in schools. The Native Americans dispossessed of their land. Who decides which history is learned? I said that in my opinion we had ample cause of war.
Think the founding fathers would be appalled by the current situation? Those who really believe in freedom will recognize that freedom applies to everyone, including those of us who want to examine whether or not the government is operating in our interests. Listening to Zinn, one would have thought historians still considered 's 1955 book on Columbus to be definitive. He clearly describes what his ideal America looks like- a kind of locavore anarchism, where we all live in small communities and make joint decisions through committees. I have added a lot of notes to this book to guide you from chapter to chapter in case you have particular areas of interest that you do not want to miss. But the easy acceptance of atrocities as a deplorable but necessary price to pay for progress Hiroshima and Vietnam, to save Western civilization; Kronstadt and Hungary, to save socialism; nuclear proliferation, to save us all - that is still with us.
Zinn never tells us- and he rarely uses quotes to erase this ambiguity. Along with the book, students read primary sources from many sources, including Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. Second, we are sure that once you new people begin reading it, you'll go out and get a physical copy. Professor Zinn's chapter on Vietnam—bringing to life once again the free-fire zones, secret bombings, massacres and cover-ups—should be required reading for a new generation of students now facing conscription. A Kind of Revolution Chapter 6.
It isn't centered around typical heroes or presidents or nationalistic jingoism. I'm sure that George W. And, as you might imagine, he's not short of examples. But more generally, there is a welcome consideration of the justification for spending citizens' money on vast military projects instead of on ways to help those of them with no food, housing, or employment. Fearing not that I'd become my enemy. One sometimes wonders what we might achieve if we were able to think of the world in terms other than false dichotomies--but since I, unlike Zinn, am not an idealist, I shall have to accept the fact that it's simply how the human mind works, and do my best to work within that system. Throughout the colonies, white workers responded by rioting and burning down buildings to send a message to wealthy elites.
And he sold two-million copies of a work of history in a culture that is increasingly unwilling to read and, consequently, unable to imagine its past very well. Throughout, he pulls no punches, questioning the motives of those in power regardless of their political party, because there's really not that much difference between the right and the left. And the long, ignominious history of U. And Zinn's right: I remember dismissing my high school textbooks out of hand because they were so clearly biased that I felt immediately that they couldn't be trusted. Still, it's in that list of books that truly changed out country and the way Americans think and I love it for that.
The notion that patriotism is connected to a blind faith in the current version of the political structure is foolish. There will be a few small occasional errors: spelling mistakes, odd punctuation, and the like. Similarly, the rebellion was both racially and economically charged its anger was directed at Native Americans, but also at the wealthy. It's sort of a monstrous government. War Is the Health of the State Chapter 15. Of course we must learn and commemorate history.
With the gap between rich and poor widening at a rapid rate, elites had to be wary of uprisings and rebellions. National Council for the Social Studies 204—208 : 19—22. The quintessential history book for American's who hate America. To this day, the Founding Fathers are often seen as wise men who wanted to maintain a healthy balance of power. The government can only be improved if we as citizens are willing to call it out when it acts in ways that are unethical. They could revolutionize thought and behavior in exactly that seclusion of family privacy which the system had counted on to do its work of control and indoctrination. So, if nothing else, this book gave me a little refresher course on historical events.