Voices of a People's History of the United States

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Chapter 1: Columbus and Las Casas[edit]

Chapter 2: The First Slaves[edit]

Chapter 3: Servitude and Rebellion[edit]

Chapter 4: Preparing the Revolution[edit]

Chapter 5: Half A Revolution[edit]

Chapter 6: The Early Women's Movement[edit]

Chapter 7: Indian Removal[edit]

Chapter 8: The War on Mexico[edit]

Chapter 9: Slavery and Defiance[edit]

Chapter 10: Civil War and Class Conflict[edit]

Chapter 11: Strikers and Populists in the Gilded Age[edit]

Chapter 12: The Expansion of the Empire[edit]

Chapter 13: Socialists and Wobblies[edit]

Chapter 14: Protesting the First World War[edit]

Chapter 15: From the Jazz Age to the Uprisings of the 1930s[edit]

  • F. Scott Fitzgerald 'Echoes of the Jazz Age' (1931)
  • Yip Harburg, 'Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?' (1932)
  • Paul Y. Anderson, 'Tear-Gas, Bayonets, and Votes' (August 17, 1932)
  • Mary Licht, 'I Remember the Scottsboro Defense' (February 15, 1997)
  • Ned Cobb ['Nate Shaw'], All God's Dangers (1969)
  • Billie Holiday, 'Strange Fruit' (1937)
  • Two Poems by Langston Hughes (1934 and 1940)
    • 'Ballad of Roosevelt' (1934)
    • 'Ballad of the Landlord' (1940)
  • Bartolomeo Vanzetti, Speech to the Court (April 9, 1927)
  • Vicky Starr ['Stella Nowicki'], 'Back of the Yards' (1973)
  • Sylvia Woods, 'You Have to Fight for Freedom' (1973)
  • Rose Chernin on Organizing the Unemployed in the Bronx in the 1930s (1949)
  • Genora [Johnson] Dollinger, Striking Flint: Genora [Johnson] Dollinger Remembers the 1936-37 GM Sit-Down Strike (February 1995)
  • John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath (1939)
  • Woody Guthrie, 'This Land Is Your Land' (February 1940)

Chapter 16: World War II and McCarthyism[edit]

  • Paul Fussell, Precision Bombing Will Win the War (1989)
  • Yuri Kochiyama, 'Then Came the War' (1991)
  • Yamaoka Michiko, 'Eight Hundred Meters from the Hypocenter' (1992)
  • United States Strategic Bombing Survey, Summary Report [Pacific War] (July 1, 1946)
  • Admiral Gene Larocque Speaks to Studs Terkel About 'The Good War' (1985)
  • Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five (1969)
  • Paul Robeson's Unread Statement before the House Committee on Un-American Activities (June 12, 1956)
  • Peter Seeger, 'Thou Shall Not Sing' (1989)
  • I. F. Stone, 'But It's Not Just Joe McCarthy' (March 15, 1954)
  • The Final Letter from Ethel and Julius Rosenberg to Their Children(June 19, 1953)

Chapter 17: The Black Upsurge Against Racial Segregation[edit]

  • Richard Wright, 12 Million Black Voices [1941)
  • Langston Hughes, 'Montage of a Dream Deferred' (1951)
  • Anne Moody, Coming of Age in Mississippi (1968)
  • John Lewis, Original Text of Speech to Be Delivered at the Lincoln Memorial (August 28, 1963)
  • Malcolm X, 'Message to the Grass Roots' (November 10, 1963)
  • Martha Honey, Letter from Mississippi Freedom Summer (August 9, 1964)
  • Testimony of Fannie Lou Hamer (August 22, 1964)
  • Testimony of Rita L. Schwerner (1964)
  • Alice Walker, 'Once' (1968)
  • Sandra A. West, 'Riot!-A Negro Residents Story' (July 24, 1967)
  • Martin Luther King, Jr., 'Where Do We Go from Here?' (August 16, 1967)

Chapter 18: Vietnam and Beyond: The Historic Resistance[edit]

  • Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, McComb, Mississippi, Petition Against the War in Vietnam (July 28, 1965)
  • Martin Luther King, Jr., 'Beyond Vietnam' (April 4, 1967)
  • Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, Position Paper on Vietnam [(January 6, 1966)
  • Bob Dylan, 'Masters of War' (1963)
  • Muhammad All Speaks Out Against the Vietnam War (1966)
  • Jonathan Schell, The Village of Ben Sue (1967)
  • Larry Colburn, 'They Were Butchering People' (2003)
  • Haywood T. 'The Kid' Kirkland, from Bloods: An Oral History of the Vietnam War by Black Veterans (1984)
  • Loung Ung, 'People Just Disappeared and You Didn't Say Anything' (2003)
  • Tim O'Brien, 'The Man I Killed' (1990)
  • Maria Herrera-Sobek, Two Poems on Vietnam (1999)
  • Daniel Ellsberg, Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers (2003)

Chapter 19: Women, Gays, and Other voices of resistance[edit]

  • Allen Ginsberg, 'America' (January 17, 1956)
  • Martin Duberman, Stonewall' (1993)
  • Wamsutta [Frank B.] James, Suppressed Speech on the 350th Anniversary of the Pilgrim's Landing at Plymouth Rock (September 10, 1970)
  • Adrienne Rich, Of Woman Born (1977)
  • Abbey Lincoln, 'Who Will Revere the Black Woman?'(September 1966)
  • Susan Brownmiller, 'Abortion Is a Woman's Right' (1999)
  • Assata Shakur [Joanne Chesimard], 'Women in Prison: How We Are' (April 1978)
  • Kathleen Neal Cleaver, 'Women, Power, and Revolution' (October 16, 1998)

Chapter 20: Losing Control in the 1970s[edit]

  • Howard Zinn, 'The Problem Is Civil Disobedience' (November 1970)
  • George Jackson, Soledad Brother (1970)
  • Bob Dylan, 'George Jackson' (1971)
  • Angela Davis, 'Political Prisoners, Prisons, and Black Liberation' [1970)
  • Two Voices of the Attica Uprising (1971 and 2000)
  • Elliott James ['L. D.'] Barkley (September 9, 1971)
  • Interview with Frank 'Big Black' Smith (2000)
  • Leonard Peltier on the Trail of Broken Treaties Protest (1999)
  • Select Committee to Study Governmental Operations with Respect to Intelligence Activities, Covert Action in Chile 1963-1973 (December 18, 1975)
  • Noam Chomsky, 'COINTELPRO: What the [Deleted] Was It?' (March 12, 1978)

Chapter 21: The Carter-Reagan-Bush Consensus[edit]

  • Marian Wright Edelman, Commencement Address at Milton Academy (June 10, 1983)
  • Cesar Chavez, Address to the Commonwealth Club of California (November 9, 1984)
  • Testimony of Ismael Guadalupe Ortiz on Vieques, Puerto Rico (October 2, 1979)
  • Local P-9 Strikers and Supporters on the 1985-1986 Meatpacking Strike against the Hormel Company in Austin, Minnesota (1991)
  • Douglas A. Fraser, Resignation Letter to the Labor-Management Group (July 19, 1978)
  • Vito Russo, 'Why We Fight' (1988)
  • Abbie Hoffman, 'Closing Argument' (April 15, 1987)
  • Public Enemy, 'Fight the Power' (1990)

Chapter 22: Panama, the 1991 Gulf War, and the war at home[edit]

  • Alex Molnar, 'If My Marine Son Is Killed .. .' (August 23, 1990)
  • Eqbal Ahmad, 'Roots of the Gulf Crisis' (November 17, 1990)
  • June Jordan Speaks Out Against the 1991 Gulf War (February 21, 1991)
  • Yolanda Huet-Vaughn, Statement Refusing to Serve in the 1991 Gulf War (January 9, 1991)
  • Interview with Civilian Worker at the Rio Hato Military Base in Panama City (February 23, 1990)
  • Mike Davis, 'In L.A., Burning All Illusions' (June 1, 1992)
  • Mumia Abu-Jamal, All Things Censored (2001)

Chapter 23: Challenging Bill Clinton[edit]

  • Bruce Springsteen, The Ghost of Tom Joad (1995)
  • Lorell Patterson on the 'War Zone' Strikes in Decatur, Illinois (June 1995)
  • Winona LaDuke, Acceptance Speech for the Green Party's Nomination for Vice President of the United States of America (August 29, 1996)
  • Two Open Letters of Protest to the Clinton Administration Alice Walker, Letter to President Bill Clinton(March 13, 1996)
  • Adrienne Rich, Letter to Jane Alexander Refusing the National Medal for the Arts (July 3, 1997)
  • Rania Masri, 'How Many More Must Die?' (September 17, 2000)
  • Roni Krouzman, 'WTO: The Battle in Seattle: An Eyewitness Account' (December 6, 1999)
  • Anita Cameron, 'And the Steps Came Tumbling Down-ADAPT's Battle with the HBA' (2000) 587.
  • Elizabeth ['Betita'] Martinez, Be Down with the Brown! (1998)
  • Walter Mosley, Workin on the Chain 6 (2000)
  • Julia Butterfly Hill, 'Surviving the Storm:Lessons from Nature' (2001)

Chapter 24: Bush II and the 'War on Terror'[edit]

  • Michael Moore, 'The Presidency-Just Another Perk' (November 14, 2000)
  • Orlando Rodriguez and Phyllis Rodriguez, 'Not In Our Son's Name' (September 15, 2001)
  • Rita Lasar, 'To Avoid Another September 11, U.S. Must Join the World' (September 5, 2002)
  • Monami Maulik, 'Organizing in Our Communities Post-September 11th' (2001)
  • International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 705, 'Resolution Against the War' (October 18, 2002)
  • Rachel Corrie, Letter from Palestine (February 7, 2003)
  • Danny Glover, Speech During the World Day of Protest Against the War (February 15, 2003)
  • Amy Goodman, 'Independent Media in a Time of War' (2003)
  • Tim Predmore, 'How Many More Must Die?' (August 24, 2003)
  • Maritza Castillo et al., Open Letter to Colonel, U.S. Army [Ret.] Michael G. Jones (September 12, 2003)
  • Kurt Vonnegut, 'Cold Turkey' (May 31, 2004)
  • Patti Smith, 'People Have the Power' (1988)

Notes, credits, permissions, about authors, Seven Stories Press and other books by Howard Zinn[edit]

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  • ABOUT THE AUTHORS
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  • BOOKS BY HOWARD ZINN