Howard Zinn's "Call for a True People's History" Essay by The Research Group

Howard Zinn's "Call for a True People's History"
This paper reviews Howard Zinn's "Call for a True People's History": Concept of history, racism in the U.S., gender roles, U.S. imperialism, capitalism and workers' movements and the origins of the civil rights movement.
# 18150 | 2,925 words | 1 source | 1990 | US
Published on Mar 12, 2003 in Literature (American) , Political Science (U.S.) , Philosophy (History)

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"Howard Zinn looks at the way history has been written and finds a high degree of conformity, with most American history beginning with a celebration of the conquest of the New World by Columbus. The emphasis is on heroic discovery, and this also involves highlighting the important characters like Columbus and either ignoring or downplaying their faults. Zinn finds that Samuel Eliot Morison, for instance, is too good a historian to ignore the truth completely, but he gives the unpleasant details no more than a mention and then passes on to something more in keeping with the emphasis on the hero and on progress.

Zinn makes the valuable point that history is generally written from the standpoint of the collective memory of the state. The state in this case is the American state, and it has been built by the white European settlers who conquered the Native

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