A People's History of the United States Summary
"A People's History of the United States" by Howard Zinn is a work of non-fiction. The book is often recognized as one of the most accurate and valuable historical references in American history. The book begins with the world before Columbus came to the Americas and moves forward in chronological order until the year 2000. All major historical events are referenced in between those two times.
The book begins with Christopher Columbus' arrival in the Bahamas:
"Arawak men and women, naked, tawny, and full of wonder, emerged from their villages onto the island's beaches and swam out to get a closer look at the strange big boat. When Columbus and his sailors came ashore, carrying swords, speaking oddly, the Arawaks ran to greet them, brought them food, water, gifts" (Chap. 1, p. 1).
Columbus details his meeting with the Arawak in his ship's log, describing them as a people that would...
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Howard Zinn Biographies (1)
920 words, approx. 4 pages
American political scientist and historian Howard Zinn (born 1922) was a leading exponent of the New Left perspective in scholarship and a political radical known for his activity in the civil rights ...
Essays & Analysis (5)
1,055 words, approx. 4 pages
In the following review, Kammen finds A People's History a largely unsuccessful attempt to synthesize the body of revisionist historiography of the 1970s.
Howard Zinn has earned his medals as a...
1,010 words, approx. 4 pages
In the following review, Kuklick claims that while A People's History is a radical textbook, it exhibits many of the problems common to textbooks in general.
Howard Zinn admits that “a p...
1,481 words, approx. 5 pages
In the following review of A People's History, Handlin refutes the accuracy of many of the historical facts presented in Zinn's book.
This is a book about Arawaks.
Once upon a time, peop...
442 words, approx. 2 pages
In the following excerpted review, Glass claims that despite its limitations, A People's History provides information on groups omitted from standard textbooks.
A People's History of the...
393 words, approx. 2 pages
In the following review of the twentieth-anniversary edition of A People's History of the United States, Garza describes the phenomenal sales record of Zinn's alternate history and the s...