Summary Of A People's History In The American People By Howard Zinn

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rals vs. ConservativesAbigail Gillam September 7th, 2011 Mr. Henderson AP United States History After reading excerpts from A People’s History in the United States by Howard Zinn and A History of the American People by Paul Johnson on the post-Revolutionary years of history, it is easy to see the major differences in these author’s ideologies. Their profound differences are made even more evident by their writing styles. Howard Zinn writes in more of a muchraking manner as if he is just trying to explain the truth. Paul Johnson on the other hand has a very conventional approach to American history, sounding more like a textbook author most of the time instead of novelist. His writing is not engaging and sounds like…show more content…
When people don’t know the exact answers to the question, such as where Christopher Columbus was born, then assumptions work their way into history, like that he was born in Genoa Italy, when there are some reports of him being born in Naples, Corsica or even Spain. It is when people do not know the answers to questions in history that history is open to interpretations. Another large component of interpretations in history is the intentions behind certain actions taken by people and governments. Howard Zinn brings the founding father’s true intentions into question with the integration of the economical benefit of uniting the nation. With the foundation of a federal government, that government can regulate and maintain both domestic and international trade without individual state interference, therefore making the United States one of the most important trading countries in the western world. This is only one possible explanation, another might be that they honestly did purely want to build a government for the people of the United States and by the people, which is supported by Paul Johnson’s writings. Other debates between intentions lie behind the injection of United States into the Vietnam conflict. Some historians say that the reason for our entrance into the conflict was to protect democracy and stop the spread of communism. Others say that the U.S. involvement wasn’t to protect democracy but to protect our economic interests in the nearby South Pacific and Middle East. These controversies are where interpretations of history can be formed but the facts of history are always clear, the United States adapted their constitution in 1787 and the Vietnam War was fought from 1959 to
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