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Howard Zinn's A Peoples History By Howard Zinn

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Brandon Brito Pre-Ap English Ms. Conway 05-28-14 History is a powerful thing, the interpretation and exposition of past events into the language of our generation that is of something resembling “Justification and objectivity” is impossible from the start as once said by Howard Zinn. Howard Zinn’s “A Peoples History” is an eye opener to those that read it- apprising them with the information about history that is either told incorrectly or left out injuring their mentality on that topic. Howard Zinn induces the readers “Oohs” and “Ahhs” with his mind blowing taste of realization of history. His informative words not only change our view of history but also change our view of the future. This is history from the perspective of the people who lived it .Zinn tells it like it was; he tells us all the history we didn't learn in the classroom, the history that got taken out in order to make the NY state curriculum easier to teach.. This book tells history with hard truths, not in a made up fairytales in order to please a group of people. Zinn put Christopher Columbus and other explorers on the spot with genocide, talked about presidents from Andrew Jackson to Franklin D. Roosevelt and stated the unfairness treatments slaves were struck with using point of view In the 1980 non-fiction novel, A People's History of the United States, Howard Zinn analyzes history by presenting a lot of perspectives to his readers in an insightful way which by many people to be said "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. A Peoples History of the United States presents an account of history told from the perspective of slaves, revolutio... ... middle of paper ... ...States with no solid evidence or proof to back up his assumption of why our founding fathers and their fellow revolutionaries decided to declare independence from the British throne. Flynn, and many other Americans agree , find Zinn’s theory of alternative motive for the foundation of our country, insulting and offensive. Zinn’s approach on History may be new, innovated, and flashy, but Zinn fails to back his opinions up with thorough evidence. And while many Americans and critics have fallen for his work do to its insight and Zinn’s ability to connect with his readers it is not a proper basis for teaching, or for opinion. That is not to say that one should side with Flynn in this debate, for both writers are radical and biased as most authors all. The only thorough way to form a solid and confident opinion is to be well researched and educated on the matter.
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