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Sioux Falls Free Thinkers endorse A People's History of American
Empire
for Showing Us what really was, not the lies, cover-ups and
excluded history that the powers-that-be want us to believe!

A People's History of American Empire
A Graphic Adaptation

A People's History of American Empire by Howard Zinn
(2008) - 288 pages
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Adapted from the bestselling Grassroots History of the United States, the story of America in the world, told in comics form.

Since its landmark publication in 1980, A People's History of the United States has had six new editions, sold in excess of 1.7 million copies, become required classroom reading, and been turned into an acclaimed play. Not merely a successful book, A People's History triggered a revolution in the way history is told, displacing the official versions with their emphasis on great men in high places to chronicle events as they were lived, from the bottom up.

Now, Howard Zinn, cartoonist Mike Konopacki, and historian Paul Buhle have collaborated to retell, in vibrant graphic detail, a most immediate and relevant chapter of A People's History: the centuries-long story of America's actions in the world. Narrated by Zinn himself, this version opens with the events of 9/11 and then jumps back to explore the cycles of U.S. expansionism and intervention from Wounded Knee to Iraq, stopping along the way at World War I, Vietnam, the Iranian revolution, and Central America. The book also follows Zinn's own story, as the son of poor Jewish immigrants becomes one of America's leading historians.

Shifting from world-shattering events to one family's small revolutions, A People's History of American Empire presents the classic ground-level history of America in a dazzling new form.

Grade 10 Up – A study of empire building by established politicians and big businesses from the 1890 Massacre at Wounded Knee through the current Iraq war. As nonfiction sequential art narrative, this stellar volume is compelling both as historical interpretation and you-are-there observation during many eras and in many climes. Konopacki melds realistic and energetic cartoons – Zinn lecturing in the present day, American and Vietnamese soldiers in the jungle, the Shah of Iran's White Revolution – with archival photos and document scraps to create a highly textured visual presentation. Each episode has its own period-specific narrator: Woody Guthrie sings about the Ludlow Massacre, a zoot suiter recounts the convergence of racial politics with popular music, and Zinn remembers his class-conscious boyhood through World War II soldiering and activism undertaken as a Civil Rights-era college professor. Politically charged, this book can't stand alone as a history text, but it is an essential component for contemporary American government education, as well as an easy work to suggest to both narrative nonfiction and sophisticated comics readers.

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A People's History of American Empire
A Graphic Adaptation

Sioux Falls Free Thinkers endorse A People's History of American
Empire
for Showing Us what really was, not the lies, cover-ups and
excluded history that the powers-that-be want us to believe!