- Paperback: 752 pages
- Publisher: Perennial; Reprint edition (April 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060528370
- ISBN-13: 978-0060528379
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 3 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 119 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 713,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A People's History of the United States: 1492-Present (Perennial Classics) Paperback – 1 Apr 2003
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"I wonder who they are, the men who really run this land........."
From the perspective of a certain part of America, this is a commie-pinko, bleeding heart liberal, un-American piece of garbage; the perspective of another part of America made it a bestseller.
If you do not have a history of the US, I would recommend this book. However, you may find a short conventional history of the United States useful as a companion volume to anchor this book in a familiar time-line. If you already have a history of the US, you should buy this book and compare the two.
TAKING SIDES: In the first chapter the author sets out his approach to the history of the United States: ". . . in that inevitable taking of sides which comes from selection and emphasis in history, I prefer to try to tell the story of the discovery of America from the viewpoint of the Arawaks, of the Constitution from the standpoint of the slaves, of Andrew Jackson as seen by the Cherokees, of the Civil War as seen by the New York Irish, of the Mexican war as seen by the deserting soldiers of Scott's army, of the rise of industrialism as seen by the young women in the Lowell textile mills, of the Spanish-American war as seen by the Cubans, the conquest of the Philippines as seen by black soldiers on Luzon, the Gilded Age as seen by southern farmers, the First World War as seen by socialists, the Second World War as seen by pacifists, the New Deal as seen by blacks in Harlem, the postwar American empire as seen by peons in Latin America."
THE TONE of the book can be shown by the start of Chapter 4: "Around 1776, certain important people in the English colonies made a discovery that would prove enormously useful for the next two hundred years. They found that by creating a nation, a symbol, a legal unity called the United States, they could take over land, profits and political power from favourites of the British Empire. In the process, they could hold back a number of potential rebellions and create a consensus of popular support for the rule of a new, privileged leadership."
THE BOOK has 608 pages of text spread over 25 chapters plus a Bibliography of 20 pages. There are no Notes, footnotes, illustrations or maps. The original 1980 edition has been expanded to cover the 2000 election and the start of the "War on Terrorism."
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