1492 – Present (Published by Harper Collins 1980) by Howard Zinn
From the publisher: “Since its original landmark publication in 1980, A People’s History of the United States has been chronicling American history from the bottom up, throwing out the official version of history taught in schools – with its emphasis on great men in high places – to focus on the street, the home, and the, workplace.”
“Professor Zinn writes with an enthusiasm rarely encountered in the leaden prose of academic history, and his text is studded with telling quotations from labor leaders, war resisters and fugitive slaves. There are vivid descriptions of events that are usually ignored, such as the great railroad strike of 1877 and the brutal suppression to the Philippine independence movement at the turn of this century. Professor Zinn’s chapter on Vietnam–bringing to life once again the free-fire zones, secret bombings, massacres and cover-ups–should be required reading for a new generation of students now facing conscription.” — ERIC FONER, NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW.