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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 & Vanzetti, Patti Smith, Bruce Springsteen, Mark Twain & Malcolm X, to name just a few of the hundreds appearing in Voices of a People’s History of the United States, edited by Howard Zinn & Anthony Arnove. Paralleling the 24 chapters of Zinn’s A People ...more
Paperback, 10th Anniversary Edition, 704 pages
Published November 11th 2014 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 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 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!
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Mixed opinion on this audiobook.

First, I listened to the wrong book - A People's History of the United States was what was recommended to me, and Voices of... is not the same thing (Strike 1). It's supplementary source material (essays, speeches, songs, letters, etc) with some introductory commentary on each piece by Zinn.

Much of the content was interesting and enlightening. People's History is the voice of the underrepresented, misrepresented, etc, and I took away many new perspectives.

But it
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 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 08, 2011 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
Sep 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Howard Zinn. Just wish there was a unabridged version.
Jan 13, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Garbage book from a garbage author, if you hate America and all she stands for then this is the book for you. If you have a shred of intellectual honesty then you’ll be better served lining this dumpster fire of a book in your parrot cage... Zinn deals in half-truths and innuendo and always takes a dim view of our great Country in all situations. A perfect example of an ivory tower leftist that is a darling of the blame America first crowd...
Drew  Reilly
May 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good. A succinct anthology that Zinn used to help write his People's History.

If I can offer a bit of advice, read this simultaneously with the People's History, alternating chapters. I read the People's History about 6 months ago, and feel that reading a chapter in History, then the corresponding chapter in Voices, would have made both books more enjoyable and helpful.
Jody Silver
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
took almost a year...but i'm finished (yes, i read many books in between).
so sad to read all of the evidence that we really haven't changed much in terms of gov't or politics. informative and i learned some new info.
Jan 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Saw this dramatized in a documentary with some famous actors and actresses reading from the letters and papers. Very moving..
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my first read of the revised version. I am unable to get through this without despair of what we humans CONTINUE to do to to our fellow man. We don't stop the hate.
Jason von Meding
An incredible collection featuring many authors that I will need to do some more reading about. A great companion book to A People's History.
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Listened to the audio book. Really made
historic events im familiar with come alive. A must read for anyone that's interested in history.
Harlan Bloom
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This should be required reading in every high school history class in America. However it is clear by the end of this heart rending and inspiring collection of voices why this will never come to be.
Tie Webb
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent audio book. Just wish it was longer.
Paul Gover
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Should be mandatory reading in every school. Shows America in a light not covered often enough
Jennifer Hirsch
May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Important. Must be read.
Casey Wagner
A powerful oral and written history of the United States told via the words of those who lived through it.
Mitch Wilson
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A brezzy romp of historical nuggets. A must have for every readers bookshelf!
Mar 23, 2012 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
Feb 12, 2010 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
Sep 21, 2007 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
Sep 15, 2010 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
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
Jun 06, 2009 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
Charles Baker
Dec 03, 2011 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 02, 2014 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
Jul 14, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone!
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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
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Howard Zinn was a historian, playwright, and social activist. He was a shipyard worker and a bombardier with the U.S. Army Air Force in Europe during the Second World War before he went to college under the GI Bill and received his Ph.D. from Columbia University.

Zinn taught at Spelman College and Boston University, and was a visiting professor at the University of Paris and the University of Bolo

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