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Voices of a People's History of the United States

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Here in their own words are Frederick Douglass, George Jackson, Chief Joseph, Martin Luther King Jr., Plough Jogger, Sacco and Vanzetti, Patti Smith, Bruce Springsteen, Mark Twain, and Malcolm X, to name just a few of the hundreds of voices that appear in Voices of a People's History of the United States, edited by Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove.
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Paperback, Second Edition, 672 pages
Published January 3rd 2009 by Seven Stories Press (first published September 1st 2004)
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A person must understand one thing going in: this is not "objective" history, if such a thing can be said to exist. Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States is written, and the companion volume Voices of a People's History is compiled, with a clear and openly acknowledged anarcho-socialist agenda, and if the titles (and the books' huge fame as touchstones of the radical left) weren't enough to clue you in, I definitely wouldn't recommend either volume to a person who wants their his
Jun 16, 2012 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In most history books we read about famous people like Theodore Roosevelt or Harry Truman, but the truth is that these figures did not effect the daily lives of each of us nearly as much as the forgotten heroes this book brings out. People who fought for universal male suffrage, for women's suffrage, free speech, shorter workdays and workweeks, higher wages, equal treatment before the law, more accountability in government, etc. This book is able to bring those heroes back into our consciousness ...more
Nov 24, 2011 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible, feminism
I downloaded this one from Audible and the readers were all amazing... Kurt Vonnegut, James Earl Jones, and Alice Walker to name a few. It was great!
Sep 26, 2014 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Howard Zinn. Just wish there was a unabridged version.
Freshman maybe? On the required reading syllabus that for some insane reason had my "father" ranting and raving- and became the lies of these "liberal teachers over there at the university of Iowa who should be shot"
OMG!!!!!! Like I remember first laughing thinking "how funny" and it became sooooo not funny...By summer 2004 I began to notice it was just my dad who was looney jk Nobody Nolonger in any class "discussion" shared the U.S. Govt "podium" of open intellectual debate...if even... To wha
Kevin Malone
Jan 19, 2012 Kevin Malone rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of a few books that transformed my understanding of American history, and the very idea of history. This book saddened me greatly, but also inspired me. Saddened because of the hardships of so many people, inspired because of the changes that even the seemingly least powerful created, and that so many people still benefit from today.
Patrick Reilly
Jan 13, 2011 Patrick Reilly is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Greatest piece of American literature of all time. Read it and Dad please tell me that the wealthy scheming royal families of America don't want Manifest Destiny
Jun 15, 2010 Cassandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book as a required text for my Racial Ethnics in U.S. History class. When I was reading half-way into this compilation of notable quotes from unique and historical people, Author Howard Zinn passed away in the winter of 2010. I am very glad that I was able to explore and learn Zinn's view of how he wished to preserve and demonstrate the many faces, who contributed and alter the course of history with their resistance, loyalty, and bravery; by passing down valuable lessons for societ ...more
Apr 13, 2012 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I first began reading this book, I was super excited to get the opportunity to read a side of American history different from the view taught in school. However, I did not realize that this book was a compilation of primary sources--letters, diary entries, etc. Starting out, I read page by page, but about forty pages in, I decided to only read the introductory paragraphs to each chapter and the short explanation/introduction before each source. Then, if I really wanted to read the following ...more
Sep 21, 2007 Chrisiant rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great collection of the untold stories of American history, and those that are usually told from the perspective of the powerful/the winners. It's a great springboard to finding interesting little-known bits and little-known characters in American history to follow-up and read more about. It's like a collection of teasers for the underdogs of American history.

Unlike Zinn's "A People's History of the United States" and other textbook-format history books, it's mostly just sections of p
Mar 13, 2015 Andrew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It seems foolish for me to attempt to review Howard Zinn, so I'll let brevity be my redemption and just state that, this book was as equally eye-opening to the realities of how the United States has become the empire it is today as was his original tome, A People's History. "Voices" is full of powerful source material juxtaposing those heroic stories of white-christian-triumph vs. the truth of those "heroes" committing exploitation and murder. A must read.
Dec 15, 2014 Dave rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is pretty good for what it is. It's just getting hard for me to justify spending my time reading stuff like this. I've already heard plenty of inspirational speeches, poems and songs cleverly wording common sense criticisms of U.S. policies. If you're someone who's still shocked with the idea that not everyone loves America then you'll probably benefit from reading this. For everyone else, there's not much point.
Oct 17, 2010 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this book up by accident thinking it was the same edition as the actual People's History of the U.S., and I wasn't too disappointed. Zinn did a great job compiling all the historical texts, and in this manner the book offers a precise and profound look at one side of American history that most of us never see. There's a lot literature in there that could possibly be overlooked in any other situation by most history aficionados. The only drawback to the book is that it really focuses a l ...more
Jul 23, 2014 Jeff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The present volume is a follow-up to the author's well-known "A People's History of the United States." This is an anthology of material presenting the voices of many men and women that are never or rarely heard from when the "official" story of the nation is told. The author lets the people speak for themselves, presenting each section or piece with only a brief bit of introduction. If you have not read Zinn I suggest you do yourself a favor and start with "A People's History ..." Why is justic ...more
Apr 19, 2014 Ron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Here in this book is real history made by those who are nowhere to be found in our school textbooks and in our classrooms.

The great, inspiring and heroic figures of US history fill the pages of this wonderful book.

Beyond Essential.

Feb 24, 2015 Bobbie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I listened to the audio of this book, and it brought history to life in a way I wasn't expecting. We are used to dry facts, and hearing what people went through to change history is enlightening and inspiring.
Korry Thorpe
This book was given to me by my niece for Christmas a year ago and took me a LONG time to finish. This book sings the praises of communism, socialism, marxism and blames most of the worlds issues on capitalism. The book starts off saying that the history taught in schools is slanted and truth is suppressed then the book proceeds to do exactly the same thing. It is a rare thing when I yell at a book I'm reading in frustration but that happened a few times with this book because it in several inst ...more
Charles Baker
Dec 08, 2011 Charles Baker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Do you think you're a student of US History? Think again. You owe it to yourself to not only listen to this CD but to read Howard Zinn's People's History of the United States, which is the next non-fiction book in my lineup. Listen to the words of people who were alive at various points since 1492 that suffered or were aware of the atrocities committed in the name of building the USA. Listen to the words of the people who were enslaved, massacred, tortured and burned at the stake. To paraphrase ...more
Jul 11, 2014 Yvettea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not to be missed -- a fantastic rendition of the print version, with dramatic readings, historical photos, famous persons. Enthralling!
May 15, 2015 Timothy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A decent addition to A People's History as far as content is concerned, but the organization and presentation was poor.
Aug 06, 2010 Bud rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very good anthology of primary source documents that complements Zinn's classic work, "The People's History of the United States" and thereby provides an important corrective to earlier exceptionalist, nationalist, ethnocentric (i.e., white), and celebratory narratives of US history. Whether it be Bartholomé de Las Casas's "In Defense of the Indians" (1550), Sojourner Truth's "Ain't I a Woman?" (1851), Tecumseh's Speech to the Osages (1811-12), or Yuri Kochiyama's "Then Came the War" (1991), t ...more
Jan 09, 2015 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone!
Shelves: favorites
This book is excellent. Wonderful companion to A People of History of the United States (another great read). This will influence you like none other. It showcases how social movements have influenced American culture time and time again. How people that are given very little space in our text books, or written out entirely, are still extremely important. It has speech, after speech by resisters to every war this country has had. Talks about the suffrage movement, the civil rights movements, the ...more
Mar 01, 2015 Morgan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Compelling personal narratives, read it!
May 19, 2009 Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book before I read Peoples History. I"m glad I read them in the order I did. This book has none of the Zinn opinions but is simply a collection of journal entries, historical documents such as letters or antiquated laws that really outline a different story for Americans than what per say the history books tell us. It's us telling our story from what we experienced over the centuries. Some of the stories here, presented in first person, will make you cry with sadness, and others will ...more
Apr 19, 2007 Becky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm reading this along side 'A People's History of the United States'. It's great. This book is composed of diary entries and newspaper articles and speeches from our distant past and recent history. 'Hearing' everyday, sometimes unknown people's voices from so long ago allows you to connect with them as real people - their desires and hopes are ours.
Sep 17, 2008 Simon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a book of letters, poems and speeches from everyday American folk, extraordinary folk, the unsung heroes of US history. I loved Sojourner Truth’s speech “Ain’t I A Woman?” There are also some great speeches by more famous people such as Malcolm Luther King Jr and Malcolm X. It’s history direct from the mouths and pens of those who made it.
Sep 06, 2007 Hopshoe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: history peeps
this is an incredible companion to zinn's "a people's history..." as well as a valuable resource for primary sources for a u.s. history classroom. from the soledad brothers to olaudah equiano, from fanny lou hamer to billy holiday...arnove and zinn have compiled a bountiful resource.
Sep 09, 2007 Leksi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teachers
I use excerpts from this book with my students. Each primary source is only 2 or 3 pages long, so it works really well in the classroom. Not the kind of book your read from cover to cover, but the stuff in here is really fascinating.
Shaun Sullivan
Jun 19, 2009 Shaun Sullivan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
a truly remarkable collection of 'moments ' from our past which should serve to quash the rampant tide of propaganda that our public schools continue to inflict on our children.
Essential for an opened mind
Apr 21, 2009 Brent rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The greatest stories are often true. This book of letters lends poignant ear to those who get left out or simply overshadowed in your average history course. A fascinating read. Highly recommended.
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Howard Zinn was a historian, playwright, and social activist. He was a shipyard worker and Air Force bombardier before he went to college under the GI Bill and received his Ph.D. from Columbia University. He taught at Spelman College and Boston University, and was a visiting professor at the University of Paris and the University of Bologna. He received the Thomas Merton Award, the Eugene V. Debs ...more
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