By Howard Zinn
Continuously lauded for its energetic, readable prose, this revised and up-to-date variation of A People's heritage of the United States turns conventional textbook historical past on its head. Howard Zinn infuses the often-submerged voices of blacks, ladies, American Indians, struggle resisters, and bad workers of all nationalities into this thorough narrative that spans American background from Christopher Columbus's arrival to an afterword at the Clinton presidency.
Addressing his trademark reversals of point of view, Zinn—a instructor, historian, and social activist for greater than 20 years—explains, "My element isn't really that we needs to, in telling heritage, accuse, pass judgement on, condemn Columbus in absentia. it's too overdue for that; it might be a dead scholarly workout in morality. however the effortless reputation of atrocities as a deplorable yet useful fee to pay for development (Hiroshima and Vietnam, to save lots of Western civilization; Kronstadt and Hungary, to save lots of socialism; nuclear proliferation, to avoid wasting us all)—that continues to be with us. One cause those atrocities are nonetheless with us is that we've got discovered to bury them in a mass of alternative evidence, as radioactive wastes are buried in packing containers within the earth."
If your final event of yankee background used to be dropped at you by means of junior highschool textbooks—or whether you're a specialist—get prepared for the opposite aspect of reports you'll now not also have heard. With its shiny descriptions of hardly ever famous occasions, A People's heritage of the United States is needed analyzing for a person who desires to take a clean examine the wealthy, rocky background of the USA.
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Extra info for A People's History of the United States: 1492–Present
The fear of derision probably encouraged Freud to be something of the arch-scientist. Freud believed that science could explain and, more impressively, allow humanity to control the natural order. He wrote: ‘We believe that it is possible for scientific work to gain some knowledge about the reality of the world, by means of which we can increase our power and in accordance with which we 02c Secularism_020-041:02 32 8/10/07 10:47 Page 32 A Short History of Secularism can arrange our life. ’10 The ‘you’ in this sentence refers to religious believers.
I have in this long introduction set out the narrative which will guide this study. This has been necessary because this is not a straightforward history with a beginning, middle and end. Rather, I am using history, as well as social analysis and cultural theory, to understand the nature of contemporary Western secularism. My aim is as much popular and polemical as it is analytical. The discussion of my four central ideas form the basis of this history of secularism. It might seem that by focussing so much on the Christian religion I am doing a disservice to secular ideology’s uniqueness and integrity.
Religious behaviour would need to be a form of mass hysteria or neurosis which endangered the social order. Freud himself did not claim this much. Religion is an illusion not a delusion. Religion may or may not be true, it is not proven, even though Freud the atheist did not himself believe. Furthermore, Freud’s speculation about the relationship between monotheism and an adult’s memory of the childhood image of the father is not based on the psychoanalysis of religious believers. Freud had not carried out the qualitative empirical work.
A People's History of the United States: 1492–Present by Howard Zinn