American History Essay

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American History It has been said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Howard Zinn, author of A People’s History of the United States, describes in full depth the history of United States of America. Larry Schweikart and Michael Allen also, explain America’s history in A Patriots History of the United States. Both books are written with facts and details about the American history and each author has a different way of explaining America’s history. Each author has a different opinion and explanation on events that impacted American history. Although the authors of these books do not have the same point of view, they both back up their opinions with evidences and facts, thus neither can be proven wrong. In the book A people’s History of the United Stats, chapter 15 “Self Help in Hard times” Howard Zinn speculates the Great Depression and the Roaring Twenties. He explained that the Roaring Twenties was full of positivity, “unemployment was down,” “general level of wages for workers rose,” and “40 percent of all the families who made over 2,000 a year could buy new gadgets: autos, radios, refrigerators.” He wrote that people who enjoyed the twenties were mostly middle class families who could afford the lifestyle of the era. On the other hand, the other 42 percent of the American population made less than $1,000 a year, and “about 25,000 workers were killed on the job and 100,00 permanently disabled.” On top of being paid less than $1,000 a year, average families are over exerted and work very long hours. Zinn then continues on the Great Depression and explains Andrew Mellon’s plan, the Secretary of Treasury, who lowered the tax rates of the wealthy from 50 percent to 25 percent and the poor from 4 percent to 3 percent. He believes that the stock market crash of 1929 caused the Great depression and “brought the whole economy down.” Chapter 15, “the Roaring

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