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A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn
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Aug 04, 09

bookshelves: books-i-quit, history
Read in December, 2009

** spoiler alert ** Boring. I feel like I should have finished it but who cares.

The idea was that much change in the US came about from normal people and not just the "shakers and movers".


Quotes:

[Frederick Douglas:] "If there is no struggle there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. The struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will..."

"Such a national government would never accept an end to slavery by rebellion. It would end slavery only under conditions controlled by whites, and only when required by the political and economic needs of the business elite of the North. It was Abraham Lincoln who combined perfectly the needs of business, the political ambition of the new Republican party, and the rhetoric of humanitarianism."
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