To celebrate the millionth copy sold of Howard Zinn's great
People's History of the United States, Zinn drew on the words of
Americans -- some famous, some little known -- across the range of
American history. These words were read by a remarkable cast at an
event held at the 92nd Street YMHA in New York City that included
James Earl Jones, Alice Walker, Jeff Zinn, Kurt Vonnegut, Alfre
Woodard, Marisa Tomei, Danny Glover, Myla Pitt, Harris Yulin, and
From that celebration, this book was born. Collected here under
one cover is a brief history of America told through dramatic
readings applauding the enduring spirit of dissent.
Here in their own words, and interwoven with commentary by Zinn,
are Columbus on the Arawaks; Plough Jogger, a farmer and
participant in Shays' Rebellion; Harriet Hanson, a Lowell mill
worker; Frederick Douglass; Mark Twain; Mother Jones; Emma Goldman;
Helen Keller; Eugene V. Debs; Langston Hughes; Genova Johnson
Dollinger on a sit-down strike at General Motors in Flint,
Michigan; an interrogation from a 1953 HUAC hearing; Fannie Lou
Hamer, a sharecropper and member of the Freedom Democratic Party;
Malcolm X; and James Lawrence Harrington, a Gulf War resister,
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