One more Commie down. The dextrosphere is doing the happy dance, but I’d like to put a word in for Zinn’s People’s History. Yes, it’s biased as hell…just like almost every other history text out there. It may be “badly written, intellectually dishonest and insultingly shallow Marxist propaganda”. It also contains important information you won’t find elsewhere. I would never teach it as a sole book, but I’d certainly use it as a supplement. You see, I have this strange belief that history is about seeing what happened and then drawing conclusions from it. If we don’t teach from an early age how to draw patterns from history, if we give students a tidy narrative with no loose ends, then they won’t have the tools to analyze events as they are occurring and act as citizens accordingly. Of course, that’s the reason they don’t teach history that way in most high schools.
RIP Howard Zinn