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When historian and activist Howard Zinn published the first edition of A People's History of the United States in 1980, no one had ever seen a history book like it. This was history told by the victims, not the victors. Zinn debunked myths of American unity and revealed the class struggle and wealth inequality at the heart of the nation. Combining eyewitness accounts with stories of radical resistance, Zinn reimagined the country from the perspective of its laborers and marginalized people. Some historians felt Zinn tried to overpopularize history, overlooking important events for sensationalism. Nonetheless the book became an educational staple and has been revised multiple times. It continues to affect the way scholars and students approach stories of the United States.
The book describes U.S. history from the perspective of diverse groups, including women, ethnic minorities, Native Americans, immigrants, and the rural and urban working classes. The term "people's history" implies that people, rather than government leaders, are active agents of historical change.
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