A People's History of the Us Essay

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In the 1980 non-fiction novel, A People's History of the United States, Howard Zinn analyzes history by presenting various perspectives to his readers in an insightful manner which is said to be "a brilliant and moving history of the American people from the point of view of those whose plight has been largely omitted from most histories."["HowardZinn.org"] Howard Zinn was not only a writer in his 98 years of life, he was also an activist, historian, and world war two fighter pilot before earning a Ph.D from Columbia University in 1958 and writing several notable novels and an autobiography["HowardZinn.org"]. A Peoples History of the United States (Zinn's most well known work) presents an account of history told from the perspective of slaves, revolutionaries, and lower class men of America beginning with the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the Greater Antilles in the Fall of 1492.[Pickering] Zinn uses diary entries and analysis to describe how Columbus, inspired by Marco Polo and working for the Spanish crown, arrives in America and brutally captures Native Americans in hope of finding gold and other trade goods so that he may return to Europe;[3] he later goes on to explain the horrors and pain of slavery and racism through surprising statistics and facts[Zinn 23-39] and the American revolution with shocking insight. Zinn wrote this account of history so that he may enlighten his readers on such basic and well known historical subjects by introducing it to them from the perspective of everyday people and workers, as opposed to the objective view of government officials and with deductive facts. This interesting method of research and teaching is eye opening to how important the roles of race, gender and wealth are in American history, and even in society today. Through out his book, Zinn elaborates on the way Indians, Africans and lower class Caucasians
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