A Young People's History of the United States

A Young People's History of the United States

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Random House, Inc.
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 books 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 nineteenth and twentieth 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 readers that America’s true greatness is shaped by our dissident voices, not our military generals.

Baker & Taylor
A history of the United States from its beginnings to the early twenty-first century, as told from the point of view of ordinary people, including slaves and Native Americans, to reveal the violence, racism, and injustices which occurred during key events.

Perseus Publishing
The classic bottom-up history of the US retold for young adults.

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 books 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 nineteenth and twentieth 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 readers that America’s true greatness is shaped by our dissident voices, not our military generals.

Publisher: New York : Seven Stories Press, c2009
Edition: Seven Stories Press 1st ed
ISBN: 9781583228869
1583228861
9781583228692
1583228691
Characteristics: xiii, 448 p. : ill. ; 21 cm

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1hat3u
Nov 29, 2018

This is not history. This is propaganda. Zinn is known by historians (though not by educators, apparently) as a shoddy historian with a political agenda.

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lissagilliam
Aug 30, 2015

I love this book. It is written like a work of fiction, with vivid scenes, interesting word choices, and varied sentence structures. More importantly, it tells an American history my students can connect to--the histories of women, children, minorities, the working poor, and groups often underrepresented in traditional history textbooks. What's more, it discusses what these historically oppressed groups have done to change their plight--it treats them like living, breathing characters instead of voiceless victims. This has been inspiring for the students I work with, who represent these groups and face many challenges in their home lives. The Young People's version is written at a much lower reading level than the classic adult version, so it's been an indispensable resource for struggling readers at the school where I teach. I have assigned articles from this book along with articles from other sources about the same event in history--this is a great analysis activity for comparing perspectives, text structures, identifying bias, etc.

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