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Originally posted by drwizardphd
reply to post by Doc Velocity
Howard Zinn is a genius.
A radical, yes. But a genius nonetheless.
I had the fortune of being in the IB program in high school (essentially a higher form of Advanced Placement), and we were given two textbooks to compare for American History. One was Howard Zinn's infamous People's History of the United States. The other was the book that the school was using for all of the other American History classes. We were then instructed to independently analyze both books to find out which was closer to the truth. In almost every regard, Zinn's book was more factually accurate.
You may not agree with his vision of American History. Maybe because it is decidedly "leftist". Maybe because it goes against what you, your parents, and your parents' parents were taught in school.
One thing is for sure though, his story is more correct than the one you are familiar with. The truth can be a bitter pill to swallow. However, the greatest country on earth was indeed founded upon a bedrock of deception, genocide and greed.
Originally posted by Choiseul
The OP only stated viewpoints of it and what they feel. Everyone is entitled to this freedom,
Originally posted by JohnD
I will be watching this. The History Channel is actually pretty fair and balanced when you look at all of their programming. For giggles, why not visit their website.
Regarding THE PEOPLE SPEAK, one thing is crystal clear: regardless of which political ideology one follows, they make sure that they point out that DEMOCRACY IS NOT A SPECTATOR SPORT. On that issue, I will not argue. I will take it a step further. Democracy is is nothing more than mob rule. At least that is what founding father and slave owner Thomas Jefferson said. I am not being derogatory. Both of those statements are documented facts, or at least widely accepted truths. Now if you really want to get involved, you had better pick a side worth dying for. That is what democracy is really all about. It is not about peace, love, equality, or brotherhood. In it’s purest form, democracy is finding the dogma that suits you best and then convincing everyone you can to support it, lest someone with different ideals and beliefs should get into power.
Originally posted by Oaktree
Mr. Zinn is simply stating the obvious, only using inflammatory verbiage to excite the excitable.
[edit on 10-12-2009 by Oaktree]
The People Speak is a documentary inspired by Howard Zinn’s book, A People’s History of the United States and from the book he co-authored with Anthony Arnove, Voices of a People’s History. These are the voices of resistance in U.S. history – resistance to injustice, to war. Voices that can inspire viewers to recognize the power ordinary people have to change the course of history. These are also the voices that are excluded from traditional histories. Some voices are obscure, some famous and you will hear them express ideas that are excluded from the orthodox histories.
By presenting these amazing people from our past, we will inspire a new generation to act.
He has appeared on Fox News’ “O’Reilly Factor,” “Glenn Beck,” “Hannity,” and “RedEye w/ Greg Gutfeld,” CNN’s “Lou Dobbs” and “Newsroom,” NPR’s “All Things Considered,” and “The Dennis Miller Show.”