Notes from the Now

The People’s Historians

In Events, History, University of Chicago on November 8, 2009 at 5:14 pm

Last night, I attended the Keynote to Campaign to End the Death Penalty’s Annual Convention, and got a chance to see “The People’s Historians” — Howard Zinn and Dave Zirin.

I haven’t read anything yet by either Zinn or Zirin (although I’ve seen the documentary “You Can’t be Neutral on a Moving Train”).  I’m under the impression that the go-to books are: “A People’s History of the United States” and “A People’s History of Sports“.  Does that sound about right?

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  1. I’ve just started reading People’s History of the US, and I’d definitely recommend it. It’s got a really good narrative pace for a 700 page treatment of four centuries of history. The general approach of studying non-dominant voices probably won’t come as a total shock to you, but the particulars he’s able to explore are pretty neat. They use it as the history textbook for the juniors at Sojo!

  2. It’s THE history textbook at Social Justice High?!? That’s awesome. I’ll add it to my reading list

  3. Yep, for Junior year American History. I believe there’s also a version with a reduced reading level for the kids who aren’t reading at level. Neato!

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