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The Other Civil War offers historian and activist Howard Zinn's view of the social and civil background of the American Civil War a view that is rarely provided in standard historical texts. Drawn from his New York Times bestseller A People's History of the United States, this set of essays recounts the history of American labor, free and not free, in the years leading up to and during the Civil War. He offers an alternative yet necessary account of that terrible nation-defining epoch."

About the Author

Howard Zinn (1922 2010) was a historian, playwright, and social activist. In addition to A People s History of the United States, which has sold more than two million copies, he is the author of many books, including the autobiography You Can t Be Neutral on a Moving Train, The People Speak, and Passionate Declarations.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you kids for sending out precious nuggets from previous works 18 April 2011
By Gail Lelyveld - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the second time I have read these essays, and I am so happy that Howard Zinn's children have brought them back. It is very important to know that there was always a minority report on the Civil War. I am still reading the first part: The Other Civil War. This was the first time I found out that not everybody in the South was for the secession and not everybody in the North was for keeping the South in the Union. I am actually talking about this story's inclusion in "A Peoples History of the United States. Between 1980 and now, I find it almost a given. This story speaks of the problems that working class people had trying to keep the family together and fighting the Civil War which was started and continued by rich people. It was ever thus. That the New York Draft Riot happened because as time went on it was harder for workers to make ends meet and the competition for jobs was getting harder. Racism just made it easer to find a target near by. Apparently when the soldiers came from Gettysburg to put down the riot, they did bring cannon and used it on their arrival to encourage a cessation of the riot. I am still in the middle of the book. I will finish this at another time. I do recommend the book highly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Howard Zinn 21 April 2011
By Ibrahim I. Garba - Published on Amazon.com
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I always enjoy reading history books written by Howard Zinn. The research, and his objectivity is unmatched. How could you fix a problem,if you keep denying it exits or it never happened? Howard helps you see history from a different perspective.
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