Voices of a People's History of the United States

Voices of a People's History of the United States

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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-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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  • Paperback | 669 pages
  • 139.7 x 208.28 x 48.26mm | 793.78g
  • Seven Stories Press,U.S.
  • New YorkUnited States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 1583229167
  • 9781583229163
  • 436,730

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The visionary historical work of professor and activist HOWARD ZINN (1922-2010) is widely considered one of the most important and influential of our era. After his experience as a bombardier in World War II, Zinn became convinced that there could no longer be such a thing as a "just war," because the vast majority of victims in modern warfare are, increasingly, innocent civilians. In his books, including "A People's History of the United States," its companion volume "Voices of a People's History of the United States," and countless other titles, Zinn affirms the power of the people to influence the course of events.

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"Voices really captures the voices as if they were speaking right to us over the years and all the differences.It calls on us to add our own voices and, quite apart from its value as a learning tool, that may be its greatest contribution."- Paul Buhle, Z Magazine"Voices of a People's History of the United States" should be required reading for every individual lucky enough to call America home."- Scott Thill, Salon.com

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