History Final Paper

History Final Paper - Final History Paper America is known as a melting pot society it has a large variety of nationalities personal backgrounds

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Final History Paper 12/07/09 America is known as a melting pot society , it has a large variety of nationalities, personal backgrounds , and different insights about American history. Due to the low “basic achievement levels” in high school regarding American history were, “Fifty-three percent of the nation’s high school seniors scored below levels concerning significant historical knowledge and analytical skills ,” a mandate is being put in place to read and converse about American History . In order to choose a suitable book for those of voting age , Howard Zinn author of “A People’s History of the United States” and Paul Johnson author of “A History of the American People”, the main arguments need to be closely analyzed and debated for what would be the best for America . Howard Zinn believes “History has been written by those who are in charge” (Ben Franklin). Zinn’s main argument is to examine and defend the lives of those who have been oppressed . Paul Johnson believes that America is a leading , individual country. Johnson’s main argument expresses and reflects what a beautiful country America is and how it is a great place . In deciding which book to use for the mandate , Howard Zinn provides a basis for a national conversation because American's who are currently or previously oppressed can relate and be given a voice about their past/presents , leading to further discussion of American History and a better understanding for it . Howard Zinn’s argument is important for understanding the nature of the American past and how it relates to the present because it gives oppressed American’s a
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voice now when they did not have one in the past . One of the most oppressed part of American society would be slavery . Howard Zinn tackles the subject with quotes, diary entries , and personal insights of what slavery was in the eyes of those who were actually slaves . However, he also quoted the disrespectful and racist views of the “true” American citizens , slave-owners. “This was no easy task, for the bondsman rarely
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This note was uploaded on 06/26/2011 for the course HIST 264 taught by Professor Prof.p during the Spring '11 term at Saint Louis.

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History Final Paper - Final History Paper America is known as a melting pot society it has a large variety of nationalities personal backgrounds

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