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People Speak: Howard Zinn Collector's Edition [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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A number of actors, musicians., etc. read writings and letters by the
rebels of US history, like the slavery abolishionist John Brown.
Others read quotes showing some of the darker side of history,
like Abraham Lincoln's early determination NOT to free the slaves.
And still others read words by unknown 'regular people' commenting
on their times. Mixed with this are folk songs performed by Eddie Vedder,
Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and others.

Moving and informative, this is a very specific take on US
history, from the time of the Declaration of Independence on, as a
nation forged, and constantly changed by rabble rousers and
revolutionaries, from Thomas Jefferson to Fredrick Douglas to Susan B.
Anthony.

Zinn and his approach is neither the first nor last word on American
History, but it surely raises important questions, and teaches ideas
that were certainly not part of my US public school education. (e.g. the
fascinating distinction between the Declaration of Independence as a
more revolutionary, idealistic document ('All men are created equal') and
the Constitution, which was more conservative, and enshrined ideas such
as slavery as part of the very basis of the country).

And while it's clear the film has a 'liberal' political point of view,
to say - as many in the US have - that a film full of the words of those who
helped fight to change America for the better is somehow 'anti-
American' astonishes me.
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Fantastic and inspiring. Great production and above all great selection of stories from the past that have a meaning for the present.
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excellent quality and prompt delivery.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A unique and powerful theatrical piece captured on film. 1 July 2011
By KG - Published on Amazon.com
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A number of actors, musicians., etc. read writings and letters by the
rebels of American history, like John Brown. Others read quotes showing
some of the darker side of our history, like Abraham Lincoln's early
determination NOT to free the slaves. And still others read words by
unknown 'regular people' commenting on their times.

Mixed with this are political folk songs old and new performed by
Eddie Vedder, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and others.

Moving and informative, this is not, 'fair and balanced', nor does it
pretend to be. The idea is to take a specific perspective on America,
from the time of the Declaration of Independence on, as a
nation forged, and constantly changed by rabble rousers and
revolutionaries, from Thomas Jefferson to Fredrick Douglas to Susan B.
Anthony.

I was fascinated and disturbed to read the vitriol that this project
has brought out from the right, and the mindless knee-jerk
counter reactions from the left - quickly degenerating into the old
'you're a commie who hates America!' 'Oh yeah? Well you're a fascist
who hates what America stands for!' childish spats.

Zinn and his approach is neither the first nor last word on American
History, but it surely raises important questions, and teaches ideas
that were certainly not part of my public school education. (e.g. the
fascinating distinction between the Declaration of Independence as a
more revolutionary, idealistic document ('All men are created equal') and
the Constitution, which was more conservative, and enshrined ideas such
as slavery, and voting as only for white males as part of the very basis
of the country).

And while it's clear the film has a 'liberal' political point of view,
to say - as many have - that a film full of the words of those who
helped fight to change America for the better is somehow 'anti-
American' astonishes me.

The greatness of this country has been it's willingness to change,
grow, challenge itself, right its wrongs and attempt to be a nation
that gives voice to people from countless backgrounds and
points-of-view. This film reminds us of that. Not quite sure how that
makes it 'anti-American'.

There is no contradiction between patriotism and a questioning mind
that seeks to look honestly at our past, uncover historic wrongs,
determine to right them and avoid them in future and celebrate those
who fought for the freedom of their race, or sex, etc.

That said I do have couple of qubbiles with the film;

a) not all the readers bring the same level of passion, commitment
(or, let's face it, acting talent) to their readings.

b) some of the readings and musical performances seem unfortunately
truncated. On a 'director's cut, extended version' DVD, why not let it
run 3 hours if need be?

c) The one point I will cede the anti-Zinn folks is that he is sometimes
guilty of cherry picking facts, or leaving out facts that might soften his point.
Of course, everyone from Fox news on the right to Michael Moore on the left
is guilty of far more extreme versions of the same sin, but it's still
a fair nit-pick. (I also think Zinn would admit it more freely than most,
since, again, he never makes the claim he isn't expounding a point-of-view).

But none of these minor flaws were enough of a problem to keep me from
being constantly involved, eductated and moved.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Most Important Film I Have Ever Seen 22 May 2010
By Iconsofclasswar - Published on Amazon.com
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I find it somewhat difficult to express how impactful this film was on me. I've seen a lot of films. I don't know how many exactly, but it's into the thousands. This film probably left the deepest impression upon me that any film has. I read all of the critical reviews. After seeing the film I can so easily discard them. This was an amazing film to say the least. The musical performances, though they weren't of musicians that I particularly care for, I found myself very moved by them. One of the critical reviews here claims that there is a highlight of the bad things in America. The critical reviews are so feverish that it raises the question to my mind; "Did they even see the film?". This is a beautiful history from the bottom, our history. I find it shameful for these reviewers to disgrace our history. And it is OUR history. I will set aside my bitterness of those who seek, for whatever reason, to omit our history from our schools and from our minds, to say only this: WATCH IT! DECIDE FOR YOURSELF! HAVE FAITH IN YOUR ABILITY TO JUDGE FOR YOURSELF! DON'T LET ANYONE TELL YOU NOT TO WATCH IT! It's important.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "This video will kick your ass." 11 Jan. 2013
By thornquist22 - Published on Amazon.com
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Matt Damon said it best in Good Will Hunting. It's the history that history forgot, but thanks to Howard Zinn and company it's back and presented in the most authentic way possible. This is not a lecture. Nor a sermon. It's just plain "that's the way it was" spoken word. And that's how Professor Zinn taught us. He'd recount events as they were, then leave it to us to go off and do the hard part -- thinking for ourselves. Giving it meaning in our own way to the world we find ourselves in. Plain and simple.
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the very best. Love Howard Zinn and all who support these 18 Feb. 2017
By Ms. Miriahm Dann - Published on Amazon.com
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One of the very best. Love Howard Zinn and all who support these ideas
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you, Howard Zinn 29 Jun. 2010
By David Mcelwain - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm watching this (and reading Zinn's "A People's History...) with my 10 year old daughter. I'm so grateful to be able to share this with her. Zinn is the history prof I missed in my education, but with the video (and the book) my daughter can get a different perspective on US history that can help to make her a thinking person. The performances on the DVD are inspiring. Thanks, Howard.
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