A Review of A People's Great
The United States
A People's Great the United States concentrates on the personal activities
and challenges of people who lived in the United States by 1492-present. It is just a view of
history through the common man's perspective, as opposed to the view in the leaders and
upper class of this country.
The book involves the landscapes of history from the oppressed viewpoint.
Howard Zinn makes it obvious from the beginning that he will benefit the landscapes and
experience of the oppressed over the look at of the oppressor. He details the cure
from the point of view of the Native American population. This individual describes slavery in the
southern region from the point of view of the slave. This individual describes industrialization from the point of
perspective of the personnel on the shop floor. This individual describes World War II from the point of view
in the soldiers for the front lines. He identifies the Vietnam War in the point of
view of the Vietnamese. You need to realize that these are generally his sights of history when he sees
all of them, and is just one side with the story.
There is no such issue as neutral, balanced, truthful history. Record is in the eyesight
of the teller. In this case, Howard Zinn's look at of the great this great region is
extremely Marxist. He seems to pick and choose historical info that fits his agenda in an
attempt to stimulate an mental response from your reader. He does help to make some good points
pertaining to injustices and myths regarding the idealistic view of history, but
unrealistic perceptions are constructed with the founding and progress of this region. You have
to ask yourself, which is more important, that Columbus built his method to America or
that he cured the Indians horribly if he got in this article? Which is essential
that the Announcement of Self-reliance states, that "all males are created equal" or the fact
that the author of the Assertion owned a huge selection of slaves?
Zinn seems to believe we are not able to end evils like genocide, exploitation, and
abuse right up until we "face" them... move them into the light of day. To that particular point we are in
finish agreement. However the very cardiovascular system of Zinn's "history" is distorted. To use the two
most obvious examples; he condemns Columbus for genocide and America for slavery.
However , around the genocidal...
... merous atrocities against
American soldiers during the war(the famous POW camps). In my opinion Zinn is too
active spreading anti-American propaganda, to appreciate these details or is just unwilling to
To put this bluntly, you should spare me personally the bleeding heart generous slant upon history, life
isn't good, period. With no this country as well as the principles it had been founded on, life would
without a doubt be more miserable and like the millions of people whom are currently
battling in Under developed countries, or under the sludge hammer of the reds. There isn't a
region in this world that doesn't possess skeletons in their closet. For a country that had
and still has so many problems (according to Zinn), I think we turned out to be great.
Things inside our society will never be perfect, yet we maintain striving to create things better and
our citizens happen to be granted the freedoms of life, liberty and the quest for happiness. That's
what makes this kind of the greatest country in the world today. For anyone people who wish to
reword history, allow history speak for on its own, good or bad , nor inflate or perhaps deflate that
according to yours personal agenda.