A People’s History of American Empire: A Graphic Adaption

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Adapted by Paul Buhle and Mike Konopacki
Howard Zinn, historian Paul Buhle, and cartoonist Mike Konopacki have collaborated to retell, in vibrant comics form, 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, this version opens with the events of 9/11 and then jumps back to explore the cycles of U.S. expansionism from Wounded Knee to Iraq, stopping along the way at World War I, Central America, Vietnam, and the Iranian revolution. The book also follows the story of Zinn, the son of poor Jewish immigrants, from his childhood in the Brooklyn slums to his role as one of America’s leading historians. [Publisher’s description.]

Table of Contents

Foreword By Paul Buhle • p. ix
Prologue • p. 1

I: The Internal Empire • p. 9

■ The Massacre at Wounded Knee • p. 10
■ Certain White Men • p. 18
■ The Pullman Strike • p. 20
■ The Open Door Policy • p. 28

II: The Spanish-American War • p. 31

■ Antonio Maceo And The Cuban Revolution • p. 32
■ The Drumbeat for War • p. 39
■ Smoked Yankees: The Black 25th Infantry • p. 45
■ Spoils Of War • p. 50

III: The Invasion Of The Philippines • p. 53

■ Benevolent Assimilation • p. 54
■ Republic Or Empire? • p. 67
■ The Battle Of Bud Dajo • p. 72

IV: War Is the Health of the State • p. 75

■ Righteous Conquest • p. 76
■ The Ludlow Massacre • p. 78
■ World War I • p. 82
■ Resistance To War • p. 88

V: Growing Up Class Conscious • p. 103

■ Poor But Never Hungry • p. 104
■ Sacco And Vanzetti • p. 106
■ Street Smarts • p. 109

VI: World War II: A People’s War? • p. 115

■ Questioning War • p. 116
■ Just Following Orders • p. 129
■ The Atomic Age • p. 135

VII: The Cool War • p. 141

■ The Jitterbug Riot • p. 142
■ The Cradle Of R&B Fandom • p. 146

VIII: Children of the Empire • p. 151

■ The Quiet War • p. 152
■ Civil Rights: Shaken to the Bone • p. 156
■ The Bombs In Vietnam Explode at Home • p. 160
■ Vietnam: The Domino Theory • p. 162
■ From Resistance to Revolt • p. 166
■ The My Lai Massacre • p. 168
■ A Peace Mission • p. 175

IX: Land Of Burning Children • p. 177

■ What Happens to a Dream Deferred? • p. 178
■ War Resistance At Home • p. 181
■ The Second Battle of Wounded Knee • p. 187

X: The Same Rotting Barrel • p. 193

■ Daniel Ellgsberg and the Pentagon Papers • p. 194
■ Hostage to Imperialism • p. 203

XI: Resurgence of Empire • p. 209

■ The Sandinista Revolution • p. 210
■ Augusto Sandino • p. 212
■ The Covert War in Central America • p. 20
■ Massacre At El Mozote (The Thistle) • p. 221
■ The Contra War • p. 224
■ The Iran-Contra Scandal • p. 227

XII: Covert Action and Reaction • p. 231

■ Iran: Overthrowing Democracy • p. 232
■ Operation Ajax • p. 236
■ Rule And Ruin of the Shah • p. 249
■ Permanent War: The Bipartisan Consensus • p. 254

Epilogue: The Possibility Of Hope • p. 259
Bibliography • p. 265
Credits • p. 268
Acknowledgments • p. 269
Index • p. 270

Published by Metropolitan Book, 2008.