A People's History of the United States: 1492-Present by Howard Zinn

By Howard Zinn

Identified for its full of life, transparent prose in addition to its scholarly examine, A People's background of the United States is the one quantity to inform America's tale from the perspective of -- and within the phrases of -- America's ladies, manufacturing unit staff, African american citizens, local americans, operating negative, and immigrant workers.

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There were early strikes of coopers, butchers, bakers, protesting against government control of the fees they charged. " In 1741, bakers combined to refuse to bake because they had to pay such high prices for wheat. " Andrew Belcher, a wealthy merchant, was exporting grain to the Caribbean because the profit was greater there. On May 19, two hundred people rioted on the Boston Common. They attacked Belchers ships, broke into his warehouses looking for corn, and shot the lieutenant governor when he tried to interfere.

Bacon's Rebellion began with conflict over how to deal with the Indians, who were close by, on the western frontier, constantly threatening. Whites who had been ignored when huge land grants around Jamestown were given away had gone west to find land, and there they encountered Indians. Were those frontier Virginians resentful that the politicos and landed aristocrats who controlled the colony's government in Jamestown first pushed them westward into Indian territory, and then seemed indecisive in fighting the Indians?

The question is important, not just as a matter of historical accuracy, but because any emphasis on "natural" racism lightens the responsibility of the social system. If racism can't be shown to be natural, then it is the result of certain conditions, and we are impelled to eliminate those conditions. We have no way of testing the behavior of whites and blacks toward one another under favorable conditions-with no history of subordination, no money incentive for exploitation and enslavement, no desperation for survival requiring forced labor.

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