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Voices of a People's History of the United States

reviewed by Daniel Walkowitz - 2005

coverTitle: Voices of a People's History of the United States
Author(s): Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove (Editors)
Publisher: Seven Stories Press, New York
ISBN: 1583226281 , Pages: 736, Year: 2004
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Since its appearance twenty-fives years ago, Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States (1980) has transformed the ways thousands, if not millions, of Americans understand how and to what extent class and race have shaped American history.  It is little surprise that Zinn, a distinguished and widely published historian, would have produced such an important book, but few might have expected that a book by a radical New Left civil rights and peace activist would crack the popular market, even winning enthusiastic recommendations from no less than Oprah Winfrey. Seven Stories Press has now produced a companion document collection that gives full voice to the compelling and eloquent characters Zinn draws upon to illustrate A People’s History. The collection, organized into 24 chapters with as few as four and as many as fifteen documents, spans the entirety of American History, with substantial attention to the recent past.  It opens,... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 107 Number 11, 2005, p. 2454-2456
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11842, Date Accessed: 6/18/2021 4:40:16 AM

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  • Daniel Walkowitz
    New York University
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    DANIEL WALKOWITZ is Director of College Honors and Professor of History and Social and Cultural Analysis, New York University. He is also the author of Working With Class: Social Workers and Middle Class Identity in 20th Century America (North Carolina, 1999); co-editor (with Lisa Maya Knauer) of Memory and the Impact of Political Transformation on Public Space (Duke, 2004) and is writing a book titled City Folk: English Country Dance and the Culture of Liberalism in the 20th Century US. City Folk is also the working title for a documentary for public television on the same subject in co-production with the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.
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